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Students Named March of Dimes “Nursing Student of the Year”

Two Belmont nursing students, graduate student Jaanki Bhakta and undergraduate student Grace Waters, received March of Dimes Nursing Student of the Year Awards at the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards Banquet held on Belmont’s campus today.

Bhakta, a BSN-DNP student, is a member of the Graduate Affairs Committee and serves as a program recruitment volunteer where she organized a student panel to answer prospective student questions. While on campus, she has been very engaged throughout the program as she has organized tutor/study groups and has volunteered for the Patient Design Challenge. In the community, she serves as a volunteer for Room in the Inn and The Next Door.

Waters is the past president of SNA, the Student Nurses Association, a peer tutor and a Bruin Recruiter. Additionally, she serves on the College of Health Sciences and Nursing’s Dean’s Student Advisory Council, is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and serves on the Sisterhood Committee and is an active member of The Village Chapel. She has also traveled to China where she participated in a mission trip and studied abroad in Geneva.

Associate Dean of Nursing Dr. Martha Buckner said, “Both of these students are true leaders in and out of the classroom. We are so proud of their accomplishments.”

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