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School of Nursing

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 3:03pm
The William Carey University Fail School of Nursing was named the School of Nursing of the Year and Dr. Janet Williams, Carey’s dean of nursing, was named School of Nursing Administrator of the Year by the Mississippi Nurses’ Association during the annual Nightingale Awards Gala in Jackson on March 2.
The Nightingale Awards are sponsored by the association and the Mississippi Nurses’ Foundation to honor outstanding nurses and health care professionals. The awards are known as the “Academy Awards” of quality service in the nursing and health care industry.
The awards recognize the Fail School of Nursing’s dedication to providing relevant educational programs which meet needs in the state and also recognize the school’s strong admission growth. The nursing school, first approved to offer classes in 1969, has expanded significantly in recent years and operates on both the main campus in Hattiesburg, the Tradition campus in Biloxi and at a Slidell, La., off campus site.
In addition to offering the nursing bachelor’s degree, the nursing master’s degree with multiple specialty areas and post-master’s degree program options in nursing education, the School of Nursing added in 2012 a doctorate in nursing education and administration and a bachelor’s degree in health information management. A dual master’s degree in nursing and business administration was added in 2014.
The new programs are just one part of the nursing school’s continued growth. Dr. Williams and the nursing school faculty have also worked to improve existing programs and keep the school at the cutting edge of trends in health care education. School leaders also continually assess needs in the state and work to provide for those needs.
An example of providing for needs is found in the establishment of the nursing doctorate, created following a 2010 Institute of Medicine report recommending universities double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.
In the 2012-2013 academic year, only six Mississippi nurses earned doctorates. The Carey nursing school graduated an inaugural class of 21 students from its nursing doctorate program in 2014. Twenty-eight more doctoral students are projected to receive their degrees in August 2015 followed by 35 students in 2016.
The Nightingale Awards also recognize the vision of Dr. Williams and her ability to implement and manage strong programs. Dr. Williams has been with the Fail School of Nursing for 25 years and has served for four years as dean. She was appointed in 2014 by Gov. Phil Bryant to serve on the Mississippi State Board of Nursing.
For more information on Carey's nursing school, visit or call (601) 318-6478.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 8:11am
Latrina G. McClenton of Terry, a student in the William Carey University nursing education and administration doctoral program, was recently awarded the Betty Dickson Health Policy Award by the Mississippi Nurses Foundation.
The purpose of the Health Policy Award is to increase the number and quality of registered nurses trained in health policy at the state and national level. McClenton will receive up to $2,000 in expense reimbursement in order to attend a national health policy meeting and conference of her choosing.
McClenton is a registered nurse working as the immunization director for the Mississippi State Department of Health. She received her bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State University, a master of public health with an emphasis on health policy and administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and her master’s degree in nursing from Carey.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 11:22am

Hattiesburg, MS, July 2, 2014 - Fourteen students and one professor from William Carey University’s Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing joined the Talladega Baptist Medical Dental Missions International (BMDMI) team for an evangelistic mission trip to Jesus de Otoro, Honduras in May. WCU’s student nurses discovered a deep desire to learn more about cultures other than their own, cultivated lifelong skills and established new friendships from around the globe during the seven day journey.

During their stay in the village, 190 people made public decisions for Christ, 350 people rededicated their lives to Christ, and they helped plant a church that had its first service on June 1. Team members serving in the clothing closet gave away 7135 outfits and 2652 pairs of shoes, and $3,000 worth of rice and beans were distributed to mothers with young children.  Those serving in the vision clinic fitted 190 prescription glasses and over 200 reading glasses. They also gave away over 300 pairs of sunglasses for farm and field workers with visible cataracts.

The dental team saw 310 patients assisting with 574 extractions, the medical and triage teams saw 2,374 patients, and the pharmacy filled 12,857 prescriptions. Members of the vet team saw 717 cows and 74 horses. In addition to the 10 daytime evangelistic services and four night-time services, the evangelism team had 600 participants in youth sports and children’s church. They also gave out 600 hand puppets that were made and donated by First Baptist Church of Abbeville.

The team also saw a number of patients who needed more medical care than could be provided in the village, so they provided transportation and support for a number of people to receive further medical evaluations. The teams also provided for three villagers to receive surgery at the BMDMI hospital at Guiamaca, Honduras. The teams committed financial assistance for the care of 12 cases they sent for further treatment

“We were so touched by the hospitality and generosity of the Honduran people,” said Felicia Browning, assistant professor of nursing at WCU. “Their graciousness knew no bounds.”

While the nursing students participated in all aspects of the mission trip, they also attended classes daily.

The team membership was made of people with many different skills and backgrounds, and varied in age from 14 - 74. They represented 29 churches from Alabama, Georgia, and Texas, as well as the 15 WCU representatives.

“Though weary emotionally, physically and spiritually the Carey students constantly portrayed the spirit of William Carey through the love of Christ,” Browning said. “Displays of Christianity and kindness know no language barrier.”