Crumpler resident and Ashe County High School teacher Oliva Jenkins was recently awarded one of the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina Scholarships.
The award was presented in October at the 25 year Anniversary Gala for the organization, which honors “Registered Nurses on the basis of their outstanding professional ability and commitment to improving health care in their communities.”
Jenkins, a registered nurse and graduate of the Gardner-Webb University nursing education masters program, now teaches nursing at Ashe County High School and is an instructor at Appalachian State University.
This is not Jenkins’ first accolade for nursing; in 2012 she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society for outstanding academic success.
Jenkins said that she was drawn to the profession from a very young age and, “it was in nursing school that I fell in love with nursing education.”
The Great 100 Scholarship will assist Jenkins, as she aims to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing Education year next year.