Smith accepts 2017 Palmetto Gold prize for nursing distinction

The Columbia-based South Carolina Nurses Foundation recently presented Sarah Smith of South University College of Nursing, also in Columbia, with a 2017 Palmetto Gold Award for demonstrating professional excellence along with dedication to the community.

Sarah Smith belongs to the South Carolina Deans and Directors Committee.   Contributed photo

The Columbia-based South Carolina Nurses Foundation recently presented Sarah Smith of South University College of Nursing with a 2017 Palmetto Gold Award for demonstrating professional excellence along with dedication to the community.

Honoring her outstanding work with students plus exceptional community service in the Midlands, the organization nominated Smith in recognition of her many responsibilities. She not only teaches but also serves as an administrator, encouraging the institution to adhere to best practices as South University’s assistant dean of public health.

Smith belongs to the South Carolina Deans and Directors Committee as well as the South Carolina Counsel of Nurse Leaders. She is an avid promoter of disaster preparedness training and has taken part in local volunteer activities.

"I truly believe nursing is a calling, and I am honored to be recognized by my peers for doing the work I love," she said. "Nurses work selflessly every day to provide necessary and often life-saving care, and I am proud to be among those educating the next generation of these healthcare professionals."

The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program was created via state legislation in 1998 to highlight educational accountability and reward high performance levels in South Carolina schools.

South Carolina Nurses Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization promoting high health care standards.

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