UCO Nursing Departmental Awards

Each semester the Department of Nursing gives awards to outstanding students who deserve to be recognized.  Below you will find a list of these awards and the criteria for each award.

Outstanding Clinical Student

Awarded to the outstanding Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Clinical Student.  Selected by faculty who teach on these levels. 

Criteria for the Award

  • Enthusiasm for clinical nursing
  • Ability to problem solve clinical situations
  • Communicates effectively with peers, patients, families, and staff
  • Is self-directed, takes initiative for learning
  • Is reliable, dependable
  • Seeks learning experiences
  • Creative nursing care
  • Recognizes and utilizes spontaneous patient teaching opportunities
  • Demonstrates theoretical knowledge
  • Caring, sincere, gentle bedside manner

Outstanding Graduating Senior

Nominated by the Senior Faculty, selected by the entire Nursing Faculty

Criteria for the Award

  • Displays professional/leadership behavior
  • Outstanding performance in both theory and clinical 
  • Demonstrates involvement in Community Service

Outstanding Career Advancement Student (RN to BS student)

Nominated by the Career Advancement Committee, selected by the Nursing Faculty

Criteria for the Award

  • Displays professional/leadership behavior
  • Outstanding performance in both theory and clinical 
  • Demonstrates involvement in Community Service

Department Leadership Award

Given to a graduating senior and selected by the total faculty.

Criteria for the Award

  • Solicits input of peers and faculty for decision making
  • Follows chain of command
  • Consistently positive
  • Creates a positive image in the community
  • Formal and informal leadership role

Pearl Emma Graff Award for Outstanding Seniors in Oncology Nursing

Given to a graduating UCO senior nursing student.  Nominated and selected by the senior faculty.

Criteria for the Award

  • Demonstrates a special interest in oncology nursing
  • Demonstrates clinical excellence in the care of the oncology patient during either their junior or senior year

Chairperson Award

Awarded to a graduating senior student and selected by the total faculty and chairperson

Criteria for the Award

  • Senior nursing student with minimum GPA of 3.0 in the nursing major
  • Has consistently supported the Department of Nursing e.g. serving on committees
  • Presents a positive professional image of the department to the college, university, and community
  • Demonstrates future leadership potential

Quod Curamus

Awarded to a graduating senior.  Selected by the graduating senior nursing students.

Criteria for the Award

  • Student who best represents the school motto, Quod Curamus – Because We Care
  • Demonstrates a caring attitude towards patients and fellow students

 

UCO Student Nurses Association Award for Leadership/Professionalism

Awarded to a graduating senior.  Selected by the SNA membership.

Criteria for the Award

  • Member of NSNA, active at both State and Local levels
  • Regularly attends meetings of the UCO SNA Mentor for other students to become members
  • Student advocate for the nursing program
  • Actively involved in community projects
  • Displays an interest in effecting legislation which effects health care
  • A true leader; someone people look to for help, advice, and leadership

 

Khader K. Hussein M. D. Award in Palliative Care

Awarded to a senior nursing student.  Selected by the senior nursing faculty and awarded one time per calendar year.

Dr. Hussein has served as Volunteer Medical Director for Hospice of Oklahoma County, Inc. He was instrumental in raising funds to start this hospice. He serves as a trustee of the Hospice Foundation of Oklahoma, Inc. For many years, Dr. Hussein has served our community as an oncologist/hematologist. He helped establish the Central Oklahoma Cancer Center at Southwest Medical Center. In his role, he has mentored countless medical and nursing students.

Criteria for the Award

  • Khader K. Hussein M. D. Award is presented each year to an outstanding senior nursing student who’s interest, involvement, and performance is in the area of palliative care and end-of-life issues.