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Good Ravens: Nursing Professor and Others Thanked for Service in Pandemic

The Benedictine mission of community, faith and scholarship transformed culture in Europe at the dawn of Western Civilization and Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, believes it can do the same in America today. Benedictine is Forming its students deeply in that mission, Advancing the mission through alumni in every walk of life, and Extending the mission regionally and nationally.

Jackie Harris serves as a nurse practitioner at the Atchison Health Clinic and also teaches nursing at Benedictine.

“She goes above and beyond for her patients and her students and has been working especially hard during this pandemic to make sure all of their needs are met,” said fellow nurse practitioner Sarah Mata, who nominated Jackie. “I’m proud to call her a mentor and colleague.”

On behalf of the college, the nursing department donated masks and gowns to the Atchison Community Health Clinic to help fight the pandemic. Jackie said Benedictine College feels a responsibility to promote the health and welfare of the Atchison Community.

“With this personal protective equipment we have been able to keep the clinic staff safe,” said Jackie. “This allows us to provide higher quality healthcare for patients.”

Atchison restaurant Jerry’s Again asked for nominees after getting a call from an anonymous donor who wanted to promote positive action in Atchison. Other members of the Benedictine College community who were recognized by the Good Humans award include:

  • Kyle VanDyke, VanDyke grocery owner, for “working continuously to ensure shelves are stocked and food is available … in this time of crisis.”
  • Renee Scott, an alumna and local school superintendent, for doing “an amazing job leading the teachers and other staff during this unprecedented time for educating children.”
  • Steve Connoly is a nurse in town, husband of Benedictine College’s assistant basketball coach, who had to self-isolate from his family for weeks as he served people with the virus.

Jackie said she, personally, is “most inspired by how our graduates and so many other health care workers put their patients’ needs before their own. These individuals are the hands and feet of Christ.”

They have been prepared for moments like this, she said.

“The Benedictine College nursing program prepares students to take care of the whole person: body, mind and spirit,” she said. “Our students and graduates are trained to respect the intrinsic dignity of the patient and embrace Benedictine values.”

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Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.