Title: Registered Nurse (Retired)
Company: University of Mississippi Medical Center
Location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Bess Crawley Blackwell, MSN, BSN, Retired Registered Nurse, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of nursing and education.
Ms. Blackwell’s mother was a licensed practical nurse who inspired Ms. Blackwell to become a registered nurse and provide health care and health education. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing and became a registered nurse with the University of Mississippi School of Nursing in 1976 and later earned a Master of Science in nursing from the institution. She assumed employment with her alma mater in 1976 and remained there until her retirement in 2008. Ms. Blackwell’s roles include staff nurse from 1976 to 1982, head nurse, from 1982 to 1998, clinical staff educator from 1998 to 2002, hospital education coordinator from 2002 to 2005, and assistant director of hospital education from 2005 to 2008.
The highlight of Ms. Blackwell’s career was creating a scholarship for students from underserved minority populations, which is called the Bess Carley Blackwell Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund. She was fortunate that her mother could pay for education so she wanted to give back to the community. It is given to two students a year. In 1991, the University of Mississippi established scholarships that were named after their alumni. Ms. Blackwell was chosen to have a scholarship named after her, the Bess C. Blackwell Nurse Executive Award. As a further testament to her success, Ms. Blackwell was named Administrative Nurse of the Year in District Number 13 of the Mississippi Nurses’ Association in 1992, Outstanding Young Women of America in 1986, and Staff Nurse of the Year by the Mississippi Nurses’ Association in 1984. Additionally, Ms. Blackwell has been featured in the 22nd and 23rd editions of Who’s Who of American Women.
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