TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 10, 2013) – As a nurse, an educator,
and a dean—Tallahassee Community College’s Alice Nied has touched and
influenced countless lives. At this week’s 25th annual Nurse
of Excellence Banquet, her contributions to nursing were honored by Capital
Regional Medical Center.
CRMC began the event 25 years ago to recognize outstanding
nurses in the community for what they do every day to represent the nursing
profession. The banquet coincides with National Nurses Week—celebrated annually
from May 6, National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence
Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
Nurses from a variety of local agencies, clinical
institutions, educational institutions and organizations were selected and
honored as Nurses of Excellence.
Alice Nied, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC has been a registered nurse
for 42 years. She has an incredibly diverse range of experience as a nurse—her
career has encompassed serving as a hospital floor nurse, a head nurse, a
surgical nurse, an addictions rehab nurse, a nursing home nurse, a doctor’s
office nurse, a mentor, a preceptor, an educator and an administrator. Alice
has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP), and holds the distinction of being
the first DNP in the Tallahassee area.
Alice joined TCC in 2008 as director of the TCC Nursing
Program and in 2011 was promoted to dean of the Healthcare Professions
Division. Under Alice’s leadership and hard work, the nursing program has
improved retention rates, graduation rates and NCLEX passage rates. The
program earned NLNAC accreditation this year for the first time.
“When you consider the number of students Alice has
mentored, guided and taught, and how those students go on to touch so many
lives through their careers as nurses and other healthcare professionals—the
effect is exponential. It’s inspiring to think about,” said Dr. Barbara Sloan,
TCC’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “We’re incredibly proud
of Alice’s leadership over our healthcare programs, and it’s great to see CRMC
recognize the accomplishments we’re fortunate enough to experience firsthand at