University of Southern Indiana

Nursing Alumni Society

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Katie DeFries receives USI Distinguished Nursing Alumna award

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Katie DeFries, a neonatal intensive care nurse at Deaconess Women's Hospital who previously worked as a healthcare missionary in Africa, is the 2014 recipient of the USI Distinguished Nursing Alumna Award.

Each year, the USI Nursing Alumni Society presents this award to recognize a graduate who has made outstanding achievements in a career or public service.

DeFries obtained two nursing degrees from USI: She received her associate of science in nursing in 2003 and her bachelor of science in nursing in 2004. In 2008, she earned a Master of Science degree as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. In 2010, DeFries took her nursing expertise overseas by working as a missionary in Kenya, Africa. Read more about DeFries ...

Our Purpose

The purpose of the University of Southern Indiana Nursing Alumni Society is to:

  • Establish and promote nursing alumni society projects which strengthen the bonds between the members, the community and the University of Southern Indiana

  • Mentor and network University of Southern Indiana Nursing Alumni for social and career development enhancement

  • Provide a direct link of communication and serve as an agency for the dissemination of information regarding the educational advantages of the USI Nursing Programs

  • Be the official representative agency and a working liaison of the USI Nursing Alumni

  • Increase student recruitment through visibility and financial support

How to join?

Anyone who donates a minimum of $25 to the Nursing Alumni Scholarship Fund will become an active member of the Nursing Alumni Society. Learn more.

For more information, contact:

Dawn Worman '07 M'10

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