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Dr. Vicki Bingham

Bingham named dean of RESSON

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Delta State University recently announced the promotion of Dr. Vicki Bingham to the position of dean of the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing.

Bingham, who has served as chair of the department for 12 years, will take over as dean effective July 1.

“I feel very honored and grateful to be offered the dean’s position,” said Bingham. “I believe my current role as chair of academic programs has helped prepare me. Furthermore, Dean Lizabeth Carlson has been an amazing leader and mentor during my tenure as chair. I am excited to lead the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing in future endeavors to promote nursing education and the health care needs of our communities.”

Bingham said she looks forward to expanding the success of RESSON’s nursing programs, working with nursing alumni to become more involved, and strengthening partnerships with the community and health care facilities at the local and state levels.

“We offer outstanding nursing programs because the faculty members are highly qualified in their practice areas, and staff members are very supportive,” added Bingham. “We care about our students and are devoted to providing them with a high quality education.”

Delta State Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Charles McAdams, said Bingham is a perfect fit for the role.

“Her administrative experience, coupled with her passion for nursing and Delta State University, convinced me that she will make a wonderful dean,” said McAdams. “I know that she cares a great deal for students and the health care profession, and I have every confidence that she will lead the School of Nursing to great heights in the years ahead.”

Bingham is married to Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham. Both are graduates of Delta State and have been members of the community for 32 years.

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RESSON ranks among most affordable master’s options nationally

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Best College Values recently ranked the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing program in its national list for Top 10 Most Affordable online Master’s Degrees in Nursing.

Delta State University came in at No. 5 on this list and the only program from Mississippi to make the ranking.

Best College Values is an online resource for prospective undergraduate and graduate students seeking an education worth its cost. BCV strives to provide the most comprehensive and rigorously researched set of online resources on the intersections of college affordability, educational quality, and educational outcomes so that individuals pursuing higher education can make informed decisions about what to study and where to study it.

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Online masters program in nursing excels nationally

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Delta State University’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing once again received high praise at the national level. RESSON was recently recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs.”

RESSON came in at No. 42 on the list of 1,200 schools, putting the program in the top four percent nationally. The school received high marks for faculty credentials and training, as well as high levels of student engagement.

To establish the rankings, U.S. News & World Report examined five categories:

  • Student engagement
  • Faculty credentials and training
  • Peer reputation
  • Student services and technology
  • Admissions selectivity

This new ranking represented the “best of the best” in online nursing graduate programs.

“We offer a high quality Masters of Nursing program with a 100 percent certification rate at a very reasonable cost,” said Dr. Lizabeth Carlson, dean of RESSON. “We have been offering online advanced nursing education since the early 2000s. We have worked diligently to ensure we incorporate national and state accreditation standards into our curriculum and utilize best practices in online learning.”

Carlson said the dedicated RESSON faculty helped make the ranking a reality.

“This is a great honor and reflects the hard work and long hours the nursing faculty have put into ensuring this program is of the very best quality,” she said.

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Debra F. Allen

Allen named president of Mississippi Nurses Association

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Delta State University’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing faculty member, Debra F. Allen, was recently elected to serve as president of the Mississippi Nurses Association at the 104th MNA convention held in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The MNA represents nurses through a number of activities, events, programs, forums, workshops, connections and collaborations. MNA is recognized nationally for its successes in working toward solutions for issues affecting the profession of nursing.

The organization works together with staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, nurse educators, nurse managers, school nurses and others who share a common interest in improving and advancing their careers and opportunities in the nursing field.

“I am honored to be elected to serve as president of the Mississippi Nurses Association,” said Allen. “I look forward to serving on behalf of the nurses in this state.”

In addition to being elected president of MNA, Allen received the “Nurse Mentor of the Year” from the Mississippi Association of Student Nurses for her outstanding service, leadership and guidance to the Delta State Student Nurses Association.

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Sarah Catherine Yawn

Yawn named president of Mississippi Association of Student Nurses

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Sarah Catherine Yawn, a senior Robert E. Smith School of Nursing student from Boyle, was recently elected to serve as president of the Mississippi Association of Student Nurses at the MASN Convention in Biloxi, Mississippi. Yawn formerly served as the director of Breakthrough to Nursing on the previous MASN board.

MASN strives to provide for the highest quality of health care by: contributing to nursing education in the development of the whole person and their professional role as nurses; working to influence the education process, health care, nursing education and practice through legislative activities as appropriate; and encouraging students to actively participate in community health care projects.

Delta State had two other nursing students re-elected to the MASN board. Badel Kalyanji, a junior nursing student from Tupelo will serve as the director of communications, and Tavelle Marion, a senior from Canton, will serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee North.

Graduates Leah Lamb Rybolt and Krystal Henson were honored as inductees into the MASN Hall of Fame for their service and dedication to the DSU Student Nurses Association. Rybolt is from Clarksdale and Henson is from Jackson.

Yawn, Kalyanji, Marion and Tyler Comans, a senior from Vicksburg, were each inducted into the MASN Hall of Fame as past board members.

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