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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 fall 2014″Spirit of Nursing ” award and scholarship winner was Ms. Kathleen Lopez, a One Year Registered Nurse Program  student from Fortson, Georgia.  Kathleen wrote  an essay and was selected based on her possession of qualities related to caring, compassion and her dedication to nursing.  Lisa’s family including Virgil and Hazel Purvis (parents), Heather and Brady Allison (children), and Brenda Bozeman (sister) are present at the pinning ceremony and meet the recipient.