May 2, 2012
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Lake Michigan College’s nursing program has selected Jonathon Rospierski of Berrien Springs as its annual Spirit of Nursing award recipient from among the 2012 graduates of the RN nursing program.
Rospierski has four cousins who have worked in the nursing field, so the profession runs in the family for him. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University, and now with his nursing degree, he is fulfilling his personal goals of helping people, teaching them to live better, healthier lives, and creating a high-spirited, friendly environment in the process.
“My greatest joy is getting someone to smile and having them realize that they can better their health, or at least prevent regression of it,” Rospierski said.
During his time at LMC, Rospierski was named to the Dean’s List for his academic excellence. He is also a volunteer at his church for the Feed the Children program, which packages, distributes, and delivers food.
Rospierski will earn his Associate in Applied Science degree with Honors during the May Commencement exercise on Sunday, May 6. Upon graduation he will be continue working at Great Lakes Heart and Vascular in St Joseph. He has worked there since 2008, first in stress testing and now in the device clinic. He also works part-time for ZOLL Lifecor, a portable defibrillator company, fitting patients and educating them on the Lifevest. He plans to continue in the cardiology-related field and to pursue a Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.
“The Spirit of Nursing recipient is chosen by the nursing faculty annually based on qualities of leadership, nursing professionalism and skills, and academic achievement, and Jonathon Rospierski personified all of these qualities at a high level,” stated LMC Nursing Instructor Dr. Delores Jackson. “He excels academically with a cumulative GPA above 3.5 of 4.0. He organized study groups with classmates to help assure academic success for them and himself. He defines patient care as one of his ‘greatest joys’ when he is able to provide quality patient centered care, help a patient smile, or achieve better health. We are proud to have Mr. Rospierski represent Lake Michigan College as the 2012 Spirit of Nursing recipient.”
According to Jackson, the Spirit of Nursing Award is a high honor for any nursing graduate at LMC. 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.
Rospierski resides in Berrien Springs with his wife, Brooke, and their children Elijah and Dylan. They are expecting a baby boy in July.