Dina Swearngin, one of Clayton State University’s most accomplished nursing graduates, has received a singular honor from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
As part of National Nurses Week (May 6 to May 12), Swearngin was one of 300 Georgia nurses (out of more than 100,000 in the state) to receive the AJC’s 2010 Nursing Excellence Award. For the fifth consecutive year, the AJC and ajcjobs honored Georgia’s top nurses with the Nursing Excellence Awards, recognizing those nurses who went above and beyond the call of duty to make a significant impact on their patients. The 2010 winners were honored at a May 5 Celebrating Nurses luncheon at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Swearngin currently works part-time at DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur, Ga., caring for premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She is also a part-time clinical instructor of Nursing at Clayton State. Prior to working at DeKalb Medical, she worked as a senior staff nurse in the Neonatal Services Unit at Grady Memorial Hospital. Next year, Swearngin will be teaching full-time in the Clayton State School of Nursing.
In addition to teaching at Clayton State, Swearngin is also one of a handful of individuals to hold three degrees from Clayton State. Swearngin received her M.S.N. in 2009; a B.S. in Nursing in 1997; and an Associate in Nursing in 1993. This year, she will also be president of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society at Clayton State, where she’s been a member since 1997. She and her husband, Geoff, reside in Tyrone, Ga., and have two daughters, Abbey and Lindsey.
Swearngin has also served the Clayton State Alumni Association in various capacities. She is currently vice president for the 2009 to 2011, term, having previously served as the Alumni Association Board’s president from 2005 to 2007. She also has served as the Association’s vice president previously, along with holding the position of secretary.
“It was a completely unexpected honor,” said Swearngin of her AJC honor. “It was so nice to be recognized for a career I've loved for almost 20 years.”