Spoon River College nursing graduates Taylor Dimmitt of Colchester and Lindsey Harrison- McDowell of Canton were chosen by their peers during the spring semester as the recipients of the Florence Nightingale award for the 2023—2024 academic year.

Recipients who are chosen exemplify the traits of Florence Nightingale, who was described as being tough, a brilliant administrator, a loyal and emotional friend, a compassionate nurse, and a witty companion. She instituted formal nursing education in 1860 with the founding of the Nightingale Training School for Nurses.

Both Dimmitt and Harrison-McDowell graduated in May with their Associate Degree in Nursing, and are now eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

Dimmitt, who will be working in the neonatal intermediate care unit at OSF, plans to eventually pursue a BSN and a MSN, and has some advice for current and future students. “Prioritize your schoolwork, find a good study routine and stick with it, and jump on any learning/skill opportunities that are available. Also, enjoy your time in the program, because it goes fast and believe it or not, you will miss it!”

The Spoon River College Nursing program offers an Associate Degree in Nursing, a Practical Nurse Certificate, and a Nurse Assistant Certificate. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and is fully approved by Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. For more information about the program, visit www.src.edu or call 309-647-4645.