Tonya Chancey Earns Masters Degree
South Florida State College Nursing Professor Tonya Chancey recently received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with an emphasis on nursing education from Walden University and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average throughout her degree program.
As part of her practicum, Chancey developed a childhood wellness project, which has been incorporated into the SFSC nursing education curriculum. The project brought the SFSC Hardee Campus’ Nursing Transition students into four local elementary schools’ afterschool programs to teach students about nutrition, fitness, how to make healthy snacks, and how to determine fact from fiction in television commercials.
“There is an epidemic of obesity among school age children,” Chancey said. “The project helps introduce healthy lifestyles to elementary school students. It gets our nursing students involved in community health and reinforces nutrition and teaching skills, which are essential to the nursing profession.”
“It was important to me to earn my master’s degree, because students look for leaders in their educational programs,” Chancey said. “The knowledge I gained will help me better serve our students and will give them the reassurance that they are receiving the best quality education from our program.”