Simpson University Inducts Nursing Students into Honor Society

For Immediate Release


2016 Nursing Honor Society Inductees and Board MembersPhoto by Matt Murnan / From left, Simpson University President Robin Dummer, Casey Lane, Jan Dinkel (former dean), Hannah Dolan, Christine Kessinger, Claire Adkins, Amanda Williams, Allison Mears, Jessica Johnson, Alison Spencer, Lance Sousa, Kristie Stephens (dean of Betty M. Dean School of Nursing), David Palmer, and Paul Herman (assistant professor of nursing). Not pictured: Francine Schaub.

REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University recently welcomed 11 new inductees into its Honor Society of Nursing.

The class of 2016 honorees include 11 students from the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The students comprise the top third of their graduating class.

They were recognized during a luncheon March 21 that included Betty M. Dean School of Nursing administrators, faculty and staff, former dean Jan Dinkel, and alumni from the program, including members of the classes of 2014 and 2015, as well as School of Nursing community partners.

The new inductees include BSN students Claire Adkins, Hannah Dolan, Jessica Johnson, Christine Kessinger, Casey Lane, Allison Mears, David Palmer, Francine Schaub, Alison Spencer, Lance Sousa, and Amanda Williams.

“Seeking out and recognizing superior performance needs to be an ongoing, everyday occurrence for leaders, managers, administrators, faculty, and educators,” said Paul Herman, assistant professor of nursing and master of ceremonies. “My colleagues and I are proud to have had a small part in preparing and educating these graduates.”

Jan Dinkel, honorary board member and past dean of the School of Nursing, charged and challenged the new inductees to pay close attention to three pillars of the nursing practice: care for their patients, care for their profession, and care for themselves.

The Honor Society of Nursing is patterned after Sigma Theta Tau International, founded in 1922 by six nurses at what is now Indiana University School of Nursing. The mission of the honor society is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

The Honor Society of Nursing board of directors includes vice president Kendra Schubert ‘13 and secretary Nicolle Larkin ’13; Kimberly Shaw, chief nurse executive and vice president of patient care services at Mercy Medical Center in Redding; Leslie Woodson, chief nursing officer at Shasta Regional Medical Center; Michelle Sanders, adult acute care practitioner at Mercy; Kristie Stephens, dean of the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing; Herman; and student representatives Patricia Brown and Christopher Donaghe. Former dean Dinkel is an honorary board member.

Other members of the Honor Society of Nursing include class of 2013 graduates Hannah Hoffman, Nicolle Larkin, Laura Kobzeff, Tessa Smith, Laura Nasise, Danae Hicks, and Kendra Shubert; class of 2014 graduates Jay Bitner, Patricia Brown, Jenna Curato, Christopher Donaghe, Robert Edgar, Emily Ganim, Sandra Kitchens, Brad O’Brien, and Kimberly Vierhus; and class of 2015 graduates Emily Agudo, Catherine Amato, Dolly Hopper, Kaitlyn Olsen, Lysandra Ramirez, Shayla Todd, Jeremy Wildoner, Rachel Barquist, Tamara Isringhausen, Kellie Knight, and Susan Wagner-Salanti.

In addition to the Honor Society for Nursing, Simpson University also has chapters of the following national honor societies: Alpha Chi, Kappa Mu Epsilon (mathematics), Psi Chi (psychology), Phi Alpha Theta (history) and Alpha Sigma Lambda (for adults in the Adult Studies program).

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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