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College of Nursing News

Nursing Excellence

Posted Jun. 22, 2010


Nursing classes are not known to be easy. However, through determination and a great support system, recent Kent State University at Salem graduate Alana Ward earned the highest grade point average (GPA) in this year’s class of nurses earning their bachelor’s degree. Her 3.82 GPA was the top average for both the three-year accelerated bachelor’s degree program and the four-year traditional bachelor’s degree.

“I have a really great support system,” Ward says of her accomplishment. With two young children at home, the second she birthed while in the nursing program, Ward relied on the help of her family, including her husband. “I don’t have any exceptional strategy,” she says. “I think you just need to set aside time to study. You can’t do it at the last minute. It was a personal goal to do well.”

Ward said she entered the nursing program with a 4.0 GPA. However, with the birth of her son she said she let her grades slip a little. “I wanted to spend time with him,” she says. “At the end of the program I got myself back in gear and brought them up.”

Though not currently employed, she has interviewed twice since graduation and will take her licensing exam soon.

“Anyone can do it,” she says of school. “I just think it’s easier with the help of family. Having people there to support you; to have them see you through your goal is definitely helpful.”