Spirit of Nursing Award for brilliant Jamaican


nurse_guy.jpgDemonstrating leadership, academic achievement and all-round excellence, are qualities not easily embraced by all. Lake Michigan College's Claston Reid managed to master all three and in doing so was awarded the 2008 Lake Michigan College Spirit of Nursing Award; bestowed on him by the LMC Nursing faculty.

Leaving his Portmore, Jamaica home, Reid moved to the US and started to pursue his interests in becoming highly qualified in the field of nursing. The LMC dean's list member cited cultural and social differences between Jamaica and the US as the reason for him going after his dream only after moving to the US.

Today he is elated, as it has been all worthwhile, and he plans to not only continue studying nursing at higher levels, but also to seek employment full-time after graduation.

Admired by his peers and faculty alike, Reid has been described as an exemplary student by LMC nursing programme coordinator, Delores Jackson. In 2006 he graduated with honours after pursuing a certificate in nursing and this May will see him graduate with his Registered Nursing degree – again with honours.

"The Spirit of Nursing Award is a high honor for any nursing graduate at LMC," Jackson explained. "Key concepts considered for this award include accountability and responsibility, being a role model, a safe and client-centered care provider, and also someone who exhibits competency in the practice and art of nursing."

Also a football buff, Reid competes in the Blossomland Soccer League and has been involved in charitable ministries in his Berrien Springs community.