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Lincolnton resident named home health award winner

DALLAS – Two Gaston College nursing faculty are recipients of the Home Health Endowment for Nursing Faculty Enrichment Award through the Gaston College Foundation. Recently Janet Arthurs, RNC, MSN nursing instructor, and Sharon Starr, RN, MSN Coordinator of Evening Nursing Programs, received a $500 award each.
The Home Health Endowment for Nursing Faculty Enrichment was established by the former Gaston County Home Health Agency to provide funds for enrichment and professional development of Gaston College nursing faculty. The agency`s board of directors donated $10,000 to the Gaston College Foundation when the agency was dissolved in 2000.
Eileen Klimkowski, founder and former head of the Gaston County Home Health Agency until its dissolution, was instrumental in setting up the fund. Klimkowski said,
“We recognized the importance of ongoing education and development for those who teach future nurses and were glad to help fund advanced training, attendance at workshops/ seminars, refresher courses and other leaning activities for Gaston College nursing faculty.”
Both Arthurs and Starr plan to use their award for professional growth and advancement in education by pursuing a doctorate. Arthurs is currently attending classes in educational leadership with a community college focus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Starr is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
“I have much to learn about nursing and nursing education and obtaining my Ph.D will afford me the opportunity to do this,” said Starr. “At this time I plan to study health disparities in minorities which is an area that greatly interests me. This opportunity will benefit me personally and my nursing students at Gaston College.”
Arthurs commented, “Our nursing students deserve to have faculty who are knowledgeable educators. The knowledge gained will be very beneficial to me and our students in a community college setting.”
Starr has been with the college for 11 years. She is currently a president-elect of The North Carolina Associate Degree Nursing Council, a member of The North Carolina Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Lincoln County Board of Health, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and the Carolina Regional Health Consortium. She lives in Lincolnton.
Arthurs has been a college employee for over 21 years. She is a member of the Association of Women`s Health, Obstetrical and Neonatal Nurses, a 20 year volunteer nurse at Gaston County Crisis Pregnancy Center, Gaston Hospice Board of Directors and Member of the Associate Degree Nursing Council. She lives in Gastonia.
The Gaston College Foundation, Inc. encourages and secures financial gifts in support of Gaston College and its programs. Gifts to the Gaston College Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Call the Foundation at (704) 922-6511 if you have questions about making a gift in support of Gaston College.

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