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Rebecca Eidson, Director, 646-1507,
Lisa Garrett, Public Relations Associate, 646-1506,

Janet Fuller Receives Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence


(By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON --- Her extraordinary leadership skills combined with a love for nursing in education and in practice earned Janet Fuller top marks from her colleagues and a designation as Tri-County’s finest faculty member.

Fuller, department head for the associate degree Nursing (ADN) and Practical Nursing departments at Tri-County Technical College, received the highest award presented to the faculty, the Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence, at the College's 43rd annual commencement May 6.

Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, president, presented the medallion to the Seneca resident. The medallion is presented each year to the instructor who has contributed the most during the academic year to the profession of teaching, to the development of the College and to the students.

Since joining the College in 2001, Fuller has dedicated herself to being an advocate for both students and faculty, often going above what is expected to ensure the best for both.

“Janet listens and responds with sensitivity to every faculty needs, expressed or perceived,” said Sharon Harper, an instructor in the ADN program. “She provides graceful, consistent direction with timely feedback and sees to it that resources are available to maximize instructor potential. She is fair, tactful and dedicated to the development of teachers and students alike.”

Faculty cite her interaction with students as a model to emulate.

“Students’ plans are addressed individually, and counsel is provided with attention to life planning not just course selections,” said Harper. “Janet is a consistent source of positive energy for nursing in education and in practice.”

Under her direction, last year the College began implementation of LPN to Nursing, a three-year, innovative national model that will focus on hiring additional nursing school instructors immediately while preparing more nurses to become teachers in the future. One of the goals is to increase the enrollment capacity of the nursing programs at both Clemson and Tri-County. One of the pay-offs will be an increase in the number of nursing students – and eventually more nurse graduates to meet the staffing needs of the four hospitals.

I recognize and applaud the consistent results of excellence that she achieves,” said Dr. Lynn Lewis, dean of the Health Education Division. “Janet is well balanced in her approach to problem solving and has the ability to identify an issue or opportunity in a holistic way. She does not hesitate to question a practice or a policy when needed and approaches work in a viable sense of doing what is best for our students and for the faculty.”

The year she joined the College, Fuller became the advisor for the Students Nurses Association. That same year she was named the State Student Nurses Association's (SNA) Faculty Advisor of the Year, and the College's chapter rated the highest percentage increase for State and national membership at the organization's annual convention. Tri-County's chapter garnered 40 percent of the State awards presented at the convention.

She continues to develop as a nursing education leader by participating in the Educational Leadership Certification Program at the University of South Carolina. She represents Tri-County as one of the two individuals selected for USC’s executive leadership studies this year. She also takes Corporate & Community Education classes at National League for Nursing and South Carolina Technical Education Association conferences. In addition, she is an accreditation site surveyor for the National League for Nursing and is a test question writer for NCLEX as a National Council of State Boards of Nursing selection.

Fuller is active in her community by volunteering in fundraising efforts at Seneca High School and is active in her support of Hospice. She is past chair of Tri-County’s Communities Health Charities for S.C.

She came to Tri-County from the Cabarrus College of Health Sciences School of Nursing where she worked for a decade as an instructor in the School of Nursing. She also worked as an ICU staff nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC, for several years. She served in the U. S. Navy from 1975 - 86. She holds an R.N. diploma from the Marion County General Hospital School of Nursing and B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees from UNC-Charlotte. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and is certified in critical care. She also is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. She and her husband, James, have two children, Johanna and Jennifer.



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