Lisa Purvis Allison Spirit of Nursing Award
The Lisa Purvis Allison “Spirit of Nursing” Award is named in honor of Lisa Purvis Allison who began the nursing program at ABAC as a single parent of two children following the accidental death of her husband. While completing the last year of the program, she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She was an outstanding student who personified the caring and compassionate nature of nursing. Upon graduation she successfully passed her state board exam and was licensed as a registered nurse. The profession of nursing was not blessed to see her work in health care as she lost her battle with cancer shortly after graduation. The Lisa Purvis Allison Scholarship Fund was developed to honor Lisa and assist other aspiring students to fulfill their dream of becoming a registered nurse at ABAC. The scholarship is awarded twice a year to a nursing student meeting stated criteria to assist with final semester expenses. Nominated students write an essay. Nursing faculty and the family of Ms. Allison are involved in the selection process.
The spring 2014″Spirit of Nursing ” award and scholarship winners were Ms. Savannah Brown, a Generic Track student from Wray, Georgia and Mr. Trenton Kazsas, a One Year Registered Nurse Track student from Brunswick, Georgia . These students wrote an essay and were selected based on the possession of qualities related to caring, compassion, and dedication to nursing. Lisa’s family, including Hazel Purvis (mother) and Brenda Bozeman (sister), were present at the pinning ceremony and met the recipients.