SU’s Brown wins Cremeens Excellence in Nursing Teaching Awards

Southern University’s Sandra C. Brown, a nurse educator,  is the 2012 recipient of the coveted Helen Johnson Cremeens Excellence in Teaching Award by the Baton Rouge District Nurses Association.


Brown, a professor in Southern’s School of Nursing, received the award at the Nurses Association held May 5 in Baton Rouge, at the group’s annual “Celebrate Nursing” awards banquet. She has been with Southern for 17 years.


“It has been said that great teachers inspire students, but it has been my experience that great students inspire the teacher,” Brown said. “My students inspire me to teach with excellence, mentor with compassion, and challenge them with respect.”


The award is named in honor of the late nursing educator Helen Johnson Cremeens, the wife of the late local TV newscaster Carleton Cremeens. He established the award to honor his wife’s love for nursing and her career as a nurse educator.


The criteria for the award stresses that the nurse educator: serves in roles to advance professional nurses and the nursing practice in Louisiana, displays a professional image of nursing in appearance, recognizes each nursing student’s potential and implements strategies for each to excel in a nursing career and in communicating nursing knowledge, and in nursing action.


Southern’s School of Nursing has been named Nursing School of Year in Louisiana 2012 by Louisiana State Nurses Association and the Louisiana Nurses Foundation for the second time in past three years


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