RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College has named Kristie Seagraves, MSN, RN, as the winner of the Ernie Wyant Award for Outstanding Teaching for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Seagraves, who is originally from Logan County, and today lives in Proctorville, Ohio, serves as an assistant professor of nursing in Rio Grande’s Holzer School of Nursing. In her work at Rio Grande she teaches courses in areas such as medical surgical nursing and critical care nursing.
The Ernie Wyant Award for Outstanding Teaching is voted on by Rio Grande students each year.
“I was truly honored and surprised when I learned that I had won this award,” Seagraves said. “It was really nice of the students to think of me in that way, considering the tradition of the award. It is a huge honor for me.”
Seagraves enjoys teaching and is thankful to be able to work in Rio Grande’s Holzer School of Nursing.
“My favorite thing about my work is that I get to introduce my students to the profession of nursing. There are so many different aspects of nursing, so many ways you can go in your career,” Seagraves said. “I chose teaching in my career.”
Before coming to Rio Grande, Seagraves held a professional registered nursing staff position in the critical care department at Cabell Huntington Hospital for eight years. She has been teaching at Rio Grande for the past nine years, teaching in several areas.
She enjoys helping the Rio Grande students’ progress through their academic careers, watching them learn and grow as nurses.
“I love teaching in the clinical settings, where I can see the students use the skills that they learned in the classroom,” Seagraves said. “It’s really nice to see them grow. They go through some big changes in our program.”
Seagraves earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from Marshall University and her master’s of science in nursing education degree from Walden University. She is also an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
She is proud to be teaching at Rio Grande, and is humbled to receive this award.