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Kezia Lilly new dean of Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU

Kezia Lilly

Kezia Lilly, D.N.P., is the new dean and nursing administrator of the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University in Springfield.

“I have every confidence that Dr. Lilly will be able to usher us into a new level of achievement and recognition for our Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU,” said Provost Bill Brown, D.M.

Lilly is a 2006 SBU graduate who began teaching at SBU as an adjunct faculty member for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in 2009. She became a full-time faculty member in 2011 and became the BSN director in 2013. She has a master’s in business administration and a master’s in nursing from University of Phoenix, a post-graduate degree in nursing informatics and recently completed a doctorate in nursing practice with emphasis in educational leadership at Case Western University.

“I am not sure that being dean was in my career trajectory, but God continuously pushed me this direction,” Lilly said. “After a lot of prayer and encouragement, I chose to embrace the opportunity. The growing demands in health care continue to provide enormous opportunities for students to seek a career as a health care professional. We are dedicated to meeting these demands by providing a stronger and more competitive workforce.”

Lilly’s vision for the college is for the institution’s mission, vision and values to bridge the gap between education and practice while establishing longstanding relationships in the community.

“I want to help students achieve their career goals by becoming the next generation of health care professionals and taking pride to service our community needs,” she said. “I want to ensure that the college continues to deliver the best educational programs in southwest Missouri, resulting in high-quality health care professionals to meet high demand.”

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU offers a wide variety of nursing and allied health programs from entry-level degrees to advanced degree programs for registered nurses who wish to advance their professional education.

The college is at 4431 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield, Mo. For more information about nursing and health science programs at SBU, call (417) 820-2069 or send email to nursing@SBUniv.edu.

Learn about health careers at Mercy/SBU Health Professions Day

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences at SBU will host the Sixth Annual Health Professions Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, 4431 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield. Last year more than 100 visitors of all ages and backgrounds, interested in pursuing an education leading to a career in nursing, attended the event.

“Health Professions Day is an annual event dedicated to providing students interested in pursuing a career in a health-related profession the opportunity to hear firsthand what our programs have to offer,” said Dr. Kezia Lilly, Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences at SBU nursing administrator. “This day gives students an edge over the competition through exposure to admissions, health professionals, faculty, advisers and other students. At our campus we offer a wide variety of health care degrees including nursing, health sciences and radiography.

“The growing demands in health care continue to provide enormous opportunities for students seeking a career as a health care professional. Mercy/SBU is dedicated to meeting these demands by providing a stronger and more competitive workforce of health care professionals. We encourage students interested in a health profession career to see how the programs at Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Southwest Baptist University can help you to achieve your goal and begin your path to becoming the next generation of health care professionals.”

Displays, information booths and detailed information on nursing as a career, education requirements and financial aid opportunities will be available. Faculty, staff and current students will be on hand to give demonstrations, provide tours of the facility and visit with prospective students individually and in group sessions.

To register for Health Professions Day, please contact the Office of Admissions at nursing@sbuniv.edu or (417) 820-3272 or (417) 820-5047 no later than Wednesday, Feb. 19.

A pizza luncheon will be served.

121 degrees awarded at Mercy/SBU nursing and health sciences graduation

During the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University Winter Commencement Thursday, Dec. 12, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield, 121 students received nursing and health science degrees.

Jay Guffey, chief operating officer of Mercy Hospital Springfield, was the commencement speaker. Additionally, ASN graduate Wesley Skinner of Walnut Grove sang “A Pile of Crowns” and BSN graduate Sharie Nievar of Branson sang “Healing is in Your Hands.”

Degrees awarded include nine Master of Science in Nursing, 35 Bachelor of Science in Nursing and 75 Associate of Science in Nursing, an associate of applied science in emergency medical technology and an associate of science in health science.

Special awards were given to students in each program.

Awards for MSN students were given to:

• Cindi Aurentz of Springfield, MSN Leadership Award.

• Tedra Estis of Springfield, MSN Clinical Practicum Excellence Award.

Awards for BSN students were given to:

• Kelci Schaal of Billings, Mont., the Judy Mitchell Christian Walk Award. This award was established by the Capstone class of Spring 2000 as a tribute to Judy Mitchell, BSN Assistant Professor, who retired at the end of the ’99-’00 school year. The student honored exemplifies the Christian walk in both their personal and professional life.

• Stephanie Nimmo of Buffalo, the Eldridge Award. The D’Wayne and Venita Eldridge Highest BSN Academic Achievement award is given by Dr. Carole and Dr. Daryl Eldridge in honor of his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Eldridge are long-time faithful Southern Baptists who have taught and ministered in church for most of their adult lives. In their constant service to others, their emphasis on doing things right, and their steadfast love for God and people, they exemplify the spirit of the Mercy College of Nursing BSN Program. The student honored with this award has the highest institutional GPA in their graduating class.

• Jade Burges of Ash Grove, BSN Clinical Excellence Award. This award is given to a student who has demonstrated persistence, dedication and excellence in BSN clinical experiences. The student who receives this award has consistently performed excellently in his or her studies but has also shown a positive and loving spirit towards others.

• Sharie Nievar of Branson, BSN Leadership Award. The BSN Leadership Award is given to a student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities throughout his or her time in the BSN program. The student who receives this award has been a leader in clinical settings and in the online classroom. Strengthening and demonstrating one’s leadership skills is a valued achievement of a BSN graduate.

Awards for ASN students were given to:

• Emily Landers of Appleton City (NUR 2124) and Kristin Smith of Willard (NUR 2135), highest academic recognition. Recognition is given for scholastic excellence to the student in each fourth semester nursing course with the highest grade point average of 3.5 or above.

• Candace Garner of Springfield (NUR 2124) and Mercedes DeFreece of Pittsburg (NUR 2135), recognition for clinical excellence. Recognition is given to the student in each fourth semester nursing course who best meets the clinical course objectives in an exemplary manner.

• Jamie Duncan of Urbana, Florence Nightingale Award. This monetary award is based on leadership, professional role model and self-directed learning. This award is voted on by the entire ASN faculty.

• Brittney Fleming of Springfield, Mary McFarland/Bathy Hatfield Memorial Scholarship. The monetary award is given as a scholarship to Southwest Baptist University based on GPA, commitment to furthering education, leadership ability and moral character.

• Jean Ann Rushing of Lebanon, J.F. Johnson ASN Academic Scholarship. College of Nursing incoming students with a GPA of 3.5 or above are invited to submit an application, letters of recommendation and an essay on “Why I am Choosing Nursing as a Career” to be considered for the full-ride scholarship from J.F. Johnson Educational Assistance funds. This scholarship covers tuition expenses, books and professional fees for the two year ASN program.

For more information about nursing and health science programs, including radiography, offered at the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences, contact Charlie Hungerford at (417) 820-3272 or chungerford@SBUniv.edu.

Mercy Hospital, SBU partner for radiologic technology program

Mercy Hospital Springfield’s School of Radiologic Technology and Southwest Baptist University have partnered in a joint sponsorship to offer an Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR) at Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU. The first class began in July.

Mercy Hospital Springfield’s School of Radiologic Technology program was started in 1954 by the first registered technologist in Springfield, Sister Mary Victoire Corcoran, RSM.

“With the new program titled Mercy School of Radiologic Technology of Southwest Baptist University, radiography students will receive the same quality clinical education along with an enhanced didactic curriculum,” said program director Joan Hedrick, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(M). “At the end of the six-semester program these students will obtain an associate of science degree in radiography making them eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology’s registry and become certified in radiography.”

With additional courses offered at Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU in Springfield, students can also receive a bachelor of science in health science. The College is at 4431 S. Fremont St. in Springfield.

For more information about this program please go to the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences website at www.sbuniv.edu/collegeofnursing or call Mercy School of Radiologic Technology of SBU at (417) 820-2982.