​Spoon River College nursing graduates Cassidy Miller of Canton and Madi Merritt Severs of Macomb were chosen by their nursing classmates as this year’s recipients of the Florence Nightingale Award.

The award is given in honor of Florence Nightingale, who instituted formal nursing education in 1860 and was described as tough, a brilliant administrator, a loyal and emotional friend, a compassionate nurse, and a witty companion.

Miller is currently working on the respiratory floor of Methodist Hospital and also at Serenity Point Hospice.

“Cassidy is compassionate and caring to everyone she meets,” said Penny Cozart, nursing faculty. “She is a very high-energy person who has the ability to make her classmates laugh during hard times. She always has a smile on her face and doesn’t let life get her down. Cassidy has what it takes to be an exceptional nurse.”

Severs has accepted at position in the surgery department at McDonough District Hospital.

“Madi is a team player that works fluidly with peers, patients, and families throughout her studies at SRC,” said Sarah Strode, nursing faculty. “Her kindness, trustworthiness, emotional stability, empathy and compassion are a few of the qualities that will make Madi a great success in the nursing field.”

The Spoon River College nursing program is ACEN accredited and offers an Associate Degree in Nursing, a Practical Nurse Certificate, and a Nurse Assistant certificate. For more information about the program visit www.src.edu or call 309-647-4645.