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Alumni Awards

Each fall, the College of Nursing recognizes excellence in our nursing graduates by awarding Outstanding Nurse Alumni awards. 

Award Descriptions

Outstanding Nurse Alumnus/a Award Nominations
This award is given to a UofSC Nursing alumnus/a whose first degree from the college was earned before 2010 or has more than 10 years experience in the nursing profession. 

Outstanding Young Nurse Alumnus/a Award Nominations

This award is given to a UofSC Nursing alumnus/a whose first degree from the college was earned between 2010 and present, and who has 10 years or less experience in the nursing profession. 

2021 Award Recipients

Outstanding Nurse Alumna Award:

Jeanne Cavanaugh is the Director of Clinical Partnerships, Co-Director of the South Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership, and Director of the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing.  Jeanne held a Director of Nursing position at Palmetto Health in Columbia, SC, for thirty years of her career. During her thirty years in nursing leadership roles, she led a variety of service areas, including Oncology Services and Emergency Services within a large health system. Jeanne has served as President of numerous nursing organizations and on Boards during her professional career, including Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Xi Chapter, the South Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the UofSC College of Nursing Partnership Board. Jeanne currently serves on the Prisma Health - Midlands Board of Directors. She was awarded the 2010 Palmetto Gold Award as one of the top 100 nurses in South Carolina.  

Outstanding Young Nurse Alumnus Award:

After graduating, Bradley Quarles worked as a charge nurse, nurse, and preceptor in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Prisma Health Richland. He was a member of the CVICU Unit Base Council and Magnet Champion, seeking to improve patient outcomes on the unit and hospital wide. He is currently a full-time student in the Masters of Nurse Anesthesia program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. As a nursing student, Bradley was the president of Men in Nursing. As president, the College of Nursing was awarded the 2016 AAMN's Best College of Nursing in the Nation for Men in Nursing. Bradley advocated adding the national suicide prevention hotline on the back of UofSC's Carolina Cards, and in 2017, they did just that. In 2021, South Carolina lawmakers passed a bill to add the hotline to school identification cards. As a graduate, he is still involved in mentoring nursing students, a testament to his passion for making a difference in the lives of others. 


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