School of Nursing

DSU’s School of Nursing Installs “Blessings in a Box” Food Pantries for the Hungry in Bolivar County

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Twenty-nine percent of Bolivar County residents confront food insecurity, a lack of consistent sustenance. That dwarfs Mississippians across the state at 20 percent and people nationwide at 9 percent, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2019 County Health Rankings. Similarly, 24 percent of Bolivar County residents struggle with limited access to healthy food. That’s more than double what Mississippians across the state grapple with at 11 percent and people nationwide at 2 percent, per the same source.

To help reverse these alarming developments, the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing at Delta State University is installing “Blessings in a Box” food pantries—eight boxes that measure 28 inches wide by 16 inches deep by 18 inches tall—throughout Bolivar County for those in need. Read More

Alumna Valencia Payne Establishes Scholarship for African-American and Latino-American Nursing Students

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Growing up with a doctor for a daddy, Valencia Payne was surrounded by medicine and the healing and care his office provided in Greenville, Miss. The family practitioner would come home and teach her and her younger brother medical terminology. The little girl even had a toy medical bag. That early interest in medicine grew as she did, ultimately leading her to Delta State University, where Payne earned a BSN in 2008. Her career has encompassed a wide range of responsibilities and opportunities in medicine: nurse, inventor, entrepreneur. Payne’s repeated successes along the way also resulted in Delta State’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing naming her its 2017 Outstanding Alumnus.

Now Payne is helping some of today’s School of Nursing students find their own way with a scholarship. Read More