May 6, 2014
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Lake Michigan College’s nursing program has selected Kelsey Brenk of Stevensville as its annual Spirit of Nursing award recipient from among 44 registered nursing graduates in the Class of 2014.
Brenk, who attended Lowell High School near Grand Rapids, received her Associate in Applied Science degree with Honors during the College’s Commencement exercise Sunday, May 4. She was named to the Dean’s List three times during her time at LMC. She has a bachelor’s degree in clinical exercise science from Grand Valley State University.
Brenk was inspired to become a nurse after her brother was in a serious car accident resulting in four weeks of hospitalization. Of the clinical rotations she did with Lakeland Healthcare, her favorite was obstetrics, so she hopes to specialize in labor and delivery or pediatric nursing. She plans to pursue bachelor’s degree in nursing
“Ms. Brenk was recognized and admired by fellow nursing students as a role model for both clinical and didactic preparations and practice. She enthusiastically accomplished the art and science of nursing; patients frequently commented about the expert, compassionate care they received from her,” stated Dr. Delores Jackson, Chair of the College’s Health Sciences departments and Nursing Director.
Voted on by the nursing faculty, the Spirit of Nursing Award is a high honor for LMC nursing graduates. Criteria for the award include accountability and responsibility, being a role model, providing safe and client-centered care, and demonstration of the highest levels of competency in the practice and art of nursing.
LMC’s nursing program is the only nationally accredited associate degree nursing program in southwestern Michigan. The program has a long history of excellence with graduates surpassing national registered nursing licensure pass rates averages for ten consecutive years.