Nursing Student Wins National Essay Contest

Published: March 19, 2015

dawnsimoneEssay supports College's QEP to improve student writing

Dawn Simone, a nursing student at Johnston Community College, is the grand prize winner of the National Student Nurses' Association 2015 essay contest.

Simone of Wendell received a $500 cash prize for her winning essay which discussed the importance of diversity and cultural awareness in healthcare and the nursing profession.

Simone's winning essay supports the college's Quality Enhancement Project, or QEP, which focuses on improved student writing. Simone said the contest allowed her to use writing knowledge she's learned while a student at JCC and challenge herself to be the best writer possible.

"Having good writing skills is very important because it portrays your education," she says. "I can write a better resume now, and I know when I get the chance to apply for and interview for a job I will be better prepared."

In addition to the cash prize, Simone's essay will be published nationally at and

At JCC, Simone is a member of PTK, a senator with the Student Government Association, the JCC Association of Nursing Students, and the Psychology Club. She also enjoys mentoring other nursing students. She plans to graduate in May and then pursue her bachelor's degree in nursing.

With a membership of 60,000 nationwide, the National Student Nurses' Association mentors the professional development of future registered nurses and facilitates their entrance into the profession by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities, and career guidance.