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(OSAGE BEACH, Mo.) -- Georgia Jernigan has joined Columbia College as the nursing program coordinator for the Lake of the Ozarks campus. In addition to teaching responsibilities, she is responsible for the day-to-day supervision and coordination of nursing activities at Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks. She manages activities for the school of nursing and maintains all necessary documents to be in compliance with the Missouri Board of Nurse Examiners and other regulatory groups.
“I love nursing and nursing education,” said Jernigan. “It has been my lifetime goal to impact the future of nursing by being a positive role model for new nurses. There is no better way to touch the future of nursing than to give of your knowledge and time to tomorrow’s nurses.”
Jernigan previously served as the coordinator for the Kerrville, Texas, distant nursing program at San Antonio College. Prior to that, she was an instructor for the Austin Community College Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) program and assistant to their Associate Degree Nursing (AND) program. She has an additional 20 years of experience at four Texas hospitals, serving in roles such as hospital supervisor, ICU nurse and emergency room staff.
Jernigan is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, an international nursing honor society. She also is an active volunteer for her church.
She received a master's degree in nursing education from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2004. She also holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, and two associate degrees--in nursing and in general education--from El Centro College and Navarro College.
The Lake of the Ozarks campus was established in 1990. The college opened a brand new 17,400-square-foot building in the spring of 2005.
Columbia College, a private institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates 25,000 students each year and has more than 61,000 alumni worldwide.