MUW Professor Earns Nursing Honor


COLUMBUS, Miss. – Dr. Tammie McCoy, department chair of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at The W, has been named one of the top 20 medical and nursing professors in Mississippi by Online Schools Mississippi.

McCoy was honored for accolades as Mississippi Community Service Nurse of the Year for her breast cancer awareness outreach and community literacy campaigns through the Nightingale Awards in Jackson. She also helps nursing students prepare for their own community engagements as head of the BSN department.

She has been very involved with community service during her entire nursing career. Last year she served as president of the Mississippi Federation of Women’s Clubs, an organization that helps to improve communities through volunteer service.

A few of the projects McCoy has been involved with in Mississippi include breast cancer awareness and prevention, raising funds for mammograms, teaching students to read, promoting summer reading programs, proper utilization of seatbelts and providing immunizations for students. Internationally she has worked to provide immunizations for children in third world countries.

McCoy and her fellow club members worked across the state to implement Dr. McCoy’s Presidents Special Project, “Feeding Fellow Mississippians,” which focused on ways to help individuals across the life span have adequate food. As part of this project she worked with food banks in canned food drives, with local church organizations in feeding initiatives, with schools and weekend backpack programs and with ways to identify and help Mississippian’s with basic food needs.

During her tenure as state president she supported her fellow club women in their volunteer work with more than 10,745 programs and projects, 637,221 volunteer hours and $1,576,802 raised with $1,001,198 raised with in-kind donations.

In April, McCoy was the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award. The award is presented to alumni and friends of the university who have achieved professional distinction and made significant community service contributions at the local, national and/or international level, bringing distinction and honor to the university.

Members of the top 20 medical and nursing professors list includes combat veterans, legal consultants and policy makers. Biochemists and pharmacists contribute knowledge from their specialties, as do surgeons and career educators.

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