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Feb 27
Nursing students receive Community Health Award

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Mid-Plains Community College nursing students Gina Melcher, Christina Blanton and Samantha Robins hold up a plaque and certificate the MPCC chapter of the Nebraska State Student Nurses Association received for winning the 2016-17 Community Health Award. 

Nursing students at Mid-Plains Community College are the recipients of a 2016-17 Community Health Award. 

Members of the MPCC chapter of the Nebraska State Student Nurses Association were recognized Feb. 18 at the 68th annual NSSNA convention in Lincoln. Accepting the award were students Christina Blanton, Gina Melcher and Samantha Robins, all of North Platte. 

The chapter received the award for a community service project it organized last spring, a benefit "Run For Your Life!" 5K and Kids' Mile Run/Walk. The chapter raised $2,000 from the event through entry fees and the sale of bracelets and tutus. 

Proceeds were donated to a 7-year-old boy from North Platte, Aiden Solon, who was diagnosed with bone cancer. A tremendous amount of people showed up to the race in support of Solon, including his family, friends, teachers and members of the general public. 

NSSNA Board members felt the event was deserving of the Community Health Award based on its reflection of professional nursing and influence on the maintenance of health and wellness in North Platte. 

MPCC is the third college to receive the honor. The Community Health Award was previously presented to the Bryan College of Health Sciences in 2015 and to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2016. 

"The nursing students and faculty at Mid Plains Community College are honored to have received this special award," said Lana Albrecht-Watson, nurse educator for MPCC. "Our students have demonstrated compassion and selflessness on various community service projects, but the 5K for Aiden was special. They worked so hard on raising money and promoting the run, knowing that 100 percent of the profits would go to him." 

Also at the convention, Robins was elected to the executive committee as first vice president of the NSSNA. 

Her responsibilities will include assuming the duties of executive committee president in his/her absence and planning and overseeing arrangements for the NSSNA's annual convention, which thanks to Robins' new position, will be hosted by the MPCC chapter next year in North Platte. 

In preparation, Robins will be responsible for assembling committees, supervising committee activities and contacting speakers and exhibitors. 

"MPCC's nursing advisors, faculty and students are very proud of Samantha," said Albrecht-Watson. "She was chosen out of hundreds of nursing students in Nebraska's community college and university systems. Samantha has proven to be a dedicated, dependable and engaged student and a leader among her peers." 

Robins will travel to Dallas, Texas in April to the National Student Nurses' Association 65th Annual Convention to represent her school and the NSSNA. She will be joined and supported by nine of her classmates as well as faculty advisors Albrecht-Watson and Nicole Kissinger.

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​