Shelton resident gets Nightingale Award

Five local nursing students were awarded the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program, receiving a $1,200 scholarship from the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut.

Students from the area who were awarded Nightingale Awards: Jacqueline Ines Palmer, Jennifer Walker, John LeBlanc and Shelton resident Michelle Sheridan. Erica Gibson was also awarded. She is not pictured in this photo.

Students from the area who were awarded Nightingale Awards: Jacqueline Ines Palmer, Jennifer Walker, John LeBlanc and Shelton resident Michelle Sheridan. Erica Gibson was also awarded. She is not pictured in this photo.

The students included Shelton resident Michelle Sheridan.

The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program was originally developed by the VNA to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession.

Shelton resident Michelle Sheridan.

Shelton resident Michelle Sheridan.

The goals of the program are to encourage retention, focus public attention, recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level, and inspire future nurses.

Sheridan, the recipient from Sacred Heart University, upholds high academic standards while balancing work and community service, a press release from the VNA said.

She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society as a junior nursing student and has been on the Dean’s List all four years. Sheridan is also a mentor for underclassmen and volunteers throughout her time in different events to support the nursing program. She is described by nursing faculty as “a quiet leader; one who is unassuming and humble.”

For more information, visit nightingalenursingawards.org/index.php/home-newhaven or call the Nightingale hotline at 203-859-6765.

To make a contribution to the VNA South Central contact Melissa Healy, community development specialist, at 203-859-6054.

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