Cecil College Nursing Faculty Honored with Dr. Peg E. Daw Nurse Faculty Award for Excellence

Dr. Shirley Gharbin and Dr. Cynthia HortonDr. Shirley Gharbin and Dr. Cynthia Horton /Submitted Images

NORTH EAST, MDCecil College‘s esteemed nursing faculty members, Dr. Shirley Gharbin and Dr. Cynthia Horton, have been recognized with the prestigious Dr. Peg E. Daw Nurse Faculty Award through the Maryland Higher Education Commission. This esteemed accolade acknowledges their exceptional contributions to nursing education, highlighting their commitment to innovation, student impact, and educational advancements within the healthcare sector.

Maryland Higher Education Acting Secretary Sanjay Rai commended the renowned nurse faculty at Cecil College, emphasizing their role in delivering cutting-edge training to current nursing students across the state while fostering innovative approaches to shaping the next generation of nurses in Maryland. The award underscores the invaluable contributions of faculty members like Dr. Gharbin and Dr. Horton in nurturing a skilled nursing workforce equipped to meet the evolving demands of the healthcare landscape.

Dr. Gharbin, Associate Professor II of Nursing at Cecil College, was lauded for her transformative work in both classroom and clinical settings, where she has made a lasting impact on students through her dedication and expertise. With over 15 years of experience in nursing education, Dr. Gharbin’s commitment to excellence extends beyond the traditional realms of teaching, encompassing initiatives that empower students and enhance patient care practices within healthcare settings.

Driven by a passion for innovation and student success, Dr. Horton, a distinguished Professor of Nursing at Cecil College since 1994, has been heralded for her pioneering research and meticulous curriculum development efforts. Her meticulous attention to detail and foresight in addressing emerging issues in nursing education have positioned the Cecil College Nursing Program as a trailblazer in preparing students for the dynamic healthcare environment.

The Dr. Peg E. Daw Nurse Faculty Award recipients were selected based on their exceptional achievements in various categories, including teaching excellence, student impact, engagement, educational innovation, and technology integration. This recognition underscores the indispensable role of nurse faculty in shaping the future of nursing education and fostering a culture of continuous advancement within the field.

Both Dr. Gharbin and Dr. Horton have demonstrated unwavering commitment to their roles as educators, dedicating their careers to enhancing nursing education, promoting best practices, and equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the healthcare industry. Their exemplary work not only elevates the standard of nursing education but also contributes to the overall advancement of healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.

As pillars of nursing education at Cecil College, Dr. Gharbin and Dr. Horton exemplify the institution’s commitment to academic excellence, professional development, and community engagement. Their collective contributions reflect a shared vision of empowering students, fostering innovation, and driving positive change within the nursing profession, setting a high standard for educational excellence and industry leadership.

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