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Andrew Villa ’21 receives Carthage’s 2020-21 Excellence in Nursing Award

By Ashley Hanson

April 06, 2021

Andrew Villa ’21This year’s recipient of the newly established Carthage College Excellence in Nursing Award is Andrew Villa ’21. Andrew is a nursing student who demonstrates a clear sense of direction for his nursing career. The nursing faculty at Carthage agree that Andrew is well on his way to attain his goal of completing a doctorate in nursing and teaching in a university setting.

Nicole Pukala ’23, a current nursing student, shares, “Andrew has led me to success in the nursing program, and I truly don’t think I could have done it without him. Not only has he taught me, but he also taught many of my classmates. He teaches countless students how to be more competent in their skills.”

Nursing student Jillian Shorten ’23 says, “Andrew has many titles — president of Nursing Student Council, Carthage Association of Nursing Students member, nursing lab assistant, nursing mentor, and many more. All of these roles have something in common: they show the pure dedication and passion that Andrew has for his school and his career.”

The Excellence in Nursing Award is presented to one student from the nursing program who is an exemplary leader and who embodies the ethics and values of nursing. This award is open for students in their junior or senior year.

Additional award criteria includes:

  • Demonstrates leadership
  • Prepares, motivates, and impacts other students as a leader
  • Participates in community activities and gives back to others
  • Mentors fellow students
  • Promotes activity in nursing organizations, such as CANS and the Carthage Nursing Student Council
  • Makes a significant contribution to the overall excellence of Carthage College
  • Sets a healthy example and promotes a healthy lifestyle
  • Demonstrates a clear sense of direction for their future nursing careers

Nominations can be submitted by peers and professors. The recipient is selected by a panel of nursing professionals and Carthage staff members.

Congratulations Andrew on receiving the Carthage College Excellence in Nursing Award! Andrew will be recognized on Carthage materials and local media as part of the 2021 National Nurses Week celebration (May 6-12). He will receive $300, funded through the generous support of Ed Smeds and his family’s commitment to nursing at Carthage.

We thank Andrew for his dedication to the nursing profession at Carthage and in our community!

SPONSORING DEPARTMENT, OFFICE, OR ORGANIZATION:

Office of Admissions

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Ashley Hanson, ashley@carthage.edu