Janice Hawkins ('89 BSN) is a College of Nursing alumna and proud Gamecock. She toted a Carolina toboggan up the mountain of Kilimanjaro. Her newest journey is being named a Sigma Theta Tau International United Nations Liaison.
Clinical Associate Professor at Old Dominion University School of Nursing. Sigma Theta Tau International United Nations Liaison.
What are you most looking forward to as a UN liaison for Sigma?
As the UN Liaison, I'll have the opportunity to represent the nursing profession at United Nations events and highlight the contributions of nurses toward advancing the Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs). But, I'm most looking forward to engaging with nurses in the workforce and sharing ideas and strategies for everyday things that we can do to impact health on a global scale.
Why is it important for you to be involved in professional organizations and nursing advocacy?
Nurses are called to advocate for the communities we serve. It's part of our code of ethics. Being a part of professional organizations such as Sigma Nursing amplifies the voice of nursing and increases our reach to address health challenges worldwide.
Do you have a memory that stands out during your time at the College of Nursing?
My most treasured memories of nursing school are the friends that I made in the process. I wouldn't trade anything for my degree in nursing. It launched me into a career with endless opportunities for meaningful work and service. I've always thought that the work of nurses matters, and I've been thankful to be a part of the profession. But, I'm even more thankful for lifelong friends who share the same values (and love for travel and tailgating!). We've remained close over the years.