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A Prizewinning Grad
December 08, 2014
Every May, the School of Nursing in partnership with the George Washington Alumni Association (GWAA) presents one nursing graduate with the GWAA Prize. The coveted award recognizes a student
who has shown exceptional commitment to GW and its community. The most recent recipient was Kirsten McAlister, an Accelerated BSN student who completed the program in December 2013.
“The GWAA Prize is symbolic of what drove my pursuit of nursing as a second career, and of why I chose to attend the George Washington University,” says Ms. McAlister. “GW invests in its students through a realistic and up-to-date learning environment with high-tech simulation labs and community learning, and they have gone above and beyond to invest in me as an alumna with the GWAA Prize.”
Ms. McAlister graciously and effectively explored multiple opportunities to improve student experiences within the School of Nursing, as well as the National Student Nurses Association. At GW, she served as
president of the Student Nurses Association and successfully reinvigorated support for the organization within the school. Under her leadership, the association blossomed into a great representational group for the Accelerated BSN students.
The importance of connecting students and alumni is always forefront in Ms. McAlister’s mind. She was both a Colonial Mentor to her classmates and an active planner of SON student-alumni engagement opportunities. Today, Ms. McAlister is a telemetry nurse resident at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago.
“This will allow me to continue my service to the Colonial community through the GW Alumni Association in Chicago, and to take on learning opportunities for continuing education in my nursing career,” she says.