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GGC tabs Grason to head proposed nursing program

Sharon Grason

Sharon Grason

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia Gwinnett College has selected Sharon Grason as the inaugural director of nursing, the first degree program in the School of Health and Sciences. Before the program can be run by Grason, it first has to be approved by the Board of Regents and the Board of Nursing.

"It is a rare opportunity to be on the ground level of beginning a new nursing program," Grason said. "Being a Gwinnett citizen, I am aware of the county support for this college and the desire for a baccalaureate nursing degree to be offered at Georgia Gwinnett. Having this program will meet the community's need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses."

Grason is working with stakeholders who have high interest in the GGC nursing program's success and development. She has used these stakeholder meetings and various summits as a way of obtaining an understanding of marketplace needs and to provide guidance in curriculum development for the 21st century nurse.

Grason is highly experienced in the field with almost 16 years of experience with the Gwinnett Health System, working in surgery and trauma rooms.

Grason a bachelor's degrees in both psychology and nursing, as well as a master's from Georgia State in nursing and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in nursing from Goergia Baptist College of Nursing -- Mercer. She also served as faculty for the Georgia Perimeter College nursing program.

"Sharon comes with experience, skills and innovative ideas needed to grow GGC's program," said Diane White, dean of the School of Health Sciences and also a registered nurse. "She is a passionate educator and excellent clinician who will serve as a role model for students."

Grason's upcoming responsibility will be to work closely with White to prepare the program's proposal, which includes an estimated start date for the program as fall of 2014.