Carol Green, PhD, won the 2016 Nurse of the
Year award based on the impact she has had
on the lives of patients, colleagues and students.
Graceland University Professor of Nursing Carol Green is a March of Dimes 2016 Nurse of the Year for the Kansas and Greater Kansas City area. The award, which was announced in October, came as no surprise to students who have expressed the value of their experience in Green’s classes.
The March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards honor individuals from the medical community who display dedication and commitment to their field. Approximately 900 nurses from the Kansas City area were nominated for the award. Green won in the Clinical Educator/Academic Educator category based on (1) the impact she has had on the lives of patients, colleagues and students; (2) her leadership and positive change among peers and colleagues; and (3) the memberships and board positions she holds.
Green has been teaching at Graceland for 11 years. “I think I was meant to be here,” she shares. Several years after graduating from the Graceland Sanitarium, she had a chance encounter with someone from her alma mater who must have sensed she needed a change. The woman offered Graceland as a place that would appreciate her talents and encouraged her to reach out.
Green was hired and taught as a Faculty Associate for two terms before being hired full time. With intentions to stay just two years, Green now finds herself still teaching for Graceland, 11 years later — all from a chance meeting. “What does that tell you about how much I’ve enjoyed my position at Graceland?” she asks.
“LAST YEAR I RECEIVED A CALL FROM A UNIVERSITY DEAN ABOUT ONE OF OUR NURSE EDUCATOR GRADUATES. THE DEAN TOLD ME HOW IMPRESSED SHE WAS WITH THE APPLICANT'S PORTFOLIO AND INTERVIEW. OF COURSE OUR GRADUATE WAS HIRED, AND SHE ENDED THE CONVERSATION BY TELLING ME TO SEND HER OUR GRADUATES! ON THAT DAY, AT THAT MOMENT, IT WAS THE BEST PART OF MY JOB.”
The justification for Green’s March of Dimes award can be seen all around her. She teaches nurse educator courses, advanced pathophysiology and DNP epidemiology, and sees every class as unique. She enjoys the challenge of making difficult concepts understandable and usable for students.
Green describes the best part of her job as the wonderful collegiality she shares with her fellow faculty and colleagues but makes sure to include her students in her answer.
Green never again saw the woman who first directed her to a career with Graceland but is most grateful to her. She has come full circle and plans to eventually retire from the place where she began her nursing career. “So, was this meant to be?” she asks again... “I think so.”
"I would like to thank Dr. Green for the amount of effort and heart she puts into each of us. I know I personally feel as though I am the only student she has. That is a special gift. I feel really lucky to have had her as my professor!"
Carolyn Nimmo-Webber is a current student in the MSN Nurse Educator program.