April 16, 2013
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Lake Michigan College’s nursing program has selected Kaitlyn Burnett of St. Joseph as its annual Spirit of Nursing award recipient from among the registered nursing graduates in the Class of 2013.
Burnett will receive her Associate in Applied Science degree with Honors during the College’s Commencement exercise Sunday, May 5. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was named to the Dean’s List during her time at LMC. Burnett served as the vice president of the LMC Student Nurses Association. She also volunteered in the emergency room at Lakeland Hospital and at the Herbie Clinic at the Salvation Army in Benton Harbor. Burnett is a 2010 graduate of St. Joseph High School.
“Ms. Burnett is positively energetic, eager to learn and succeed. She has displayed remarkable leadership skills, exemplary for a future professional nurse,” stated Dr. Delores Jackson, chair of the College’s Health Sciences department and nursing program director.
Burnett, inspired by the encouragement, support, and motivation of family members, chose nursing as a career so she could use her talents to educate and advocate for patients. She loves to take care of people, make them laugh, and see that they get better.
“I enjoy the extraordinary challenge and opportunity that nursing gives me. Working at Lakeland as a float pool nurse tech while going to school has given me great exposure to a diversity of healthcare situations. I like the spontaneity of my job. I sincerely enjoy the opportunity to make a difference in a patient’s life; whether it’s through teaching, providing care, or supporting a family,” Burnett said.
After graduation Burnett plans to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Michigan University - Southwest and would like to pursue the possibility of becoming a Navy nurse or life flight nurse. She also plans to continue working at Lakeland Healthcare.
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.