April 3, 2008
The Morningside College Department of Nursing and the Morningside Student Nurses’ Association have named Lynn Pelton of Bellevue, Wash., as the 2008 nursing alumna of the year.
Pelton is a native of Sioux City and a 1980 graduate of Morningside with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is one of the founders and current president of Greatest Goal Ministries USA. The mission of the not-for-profit organization is to provide assistance to the amputees and their families in war torn Sierra Leone, West Africa. Pelton, a registered nurse, also works part time as an elementary school nurse and infusion therapy nurse for a private rheumatology office.
Pelton will deliver the keynote speech at the 26th annual Maud Adams Nursing Research Day from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 9, in the Yockey Family Community Room at the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue, on the Morningside campus. Pelton is scheduled to begin her remarks at 8:30 a.m.
The Nursing Alumni Scholarship will be presented in Pelton’s honor to Lindsey Hilbrands of George, Iowa, during the opening address. Hilbrands is a senior at George-Little Rock High School and plans to enroll at Morningside this fall to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing degree. The scholarship is presented each year to a student who shows potential for outstanding professionalism in nursing.
Pelton has extensive nursing and nursing supervisory experience. In Bellevue, Wash., she has worked as supervisor at the Puget Sound Blood Center and as office nurse for an oral surgery office. In Seattle, she worked as nursing supervisor of the Adult Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center and as a burn unit nurse at Harborview Trauma Center. Pelton also has worked as an emergency/trauma nurse and a flight nurse in Omaha, Neb, and as an emergency/trauma nurse in Sioux City.
From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., nursing student presentations will take place in the Lincoln Center (Rooms 101 and 102) and the Hindman-Hobbs Center (Room 114), all on the Morningside campus. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Walker Science Center (Rooms 162 and 165), senior nursing students will also present their research utilization projects on topics such as animal assisted therapy, palliative care, childhood obesity and more as part of Morningside’s Palmer Student Research Symposium, also held on the college campus on April 9.
The nursing research day, started in 1983 as a tribute to the late Maud Adams, was created to feature the work of students and to provide a mechanism to promote professional development. Adams, a former chair of the Morningside nursing department, was an instrumental leader in the early days of the department of nursing education. Before she came to Morningside, Adams served as a staff nurse, instructor, and administrator in various public health agencies and nursing programs.