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Associate professor wins nation-wide Nurse’s Touch Award

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Ann Marie Kopekin poses with her students, Samantha Hernandez and Stephanie Davison, in the nursing department of the MacDougal Administration Building at City College on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Ann Marie Kopekin poses with her students, Samantha Hernandez and Stephanie Davison, in the nursing department of the MacDougal Administration Building at City College on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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Ann Marie Kopekin poses with her students, Samantha Hernandez and Stephanie Davison, in the nursing department of the MacDougal Administration Building at City College on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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The Assessment Technologies Institute presented Ann Marie Kopeikin, associate professor for vocational nursing, the Nurse’s Touch Award.

Kopeikin is one of four finalists out of 550 applicants nation-wide to receive the award.

The Nurse’s Touch is an online curriculum designed to help students become a better nurse by sharpening their professional and interpersonal skills. Kopeikin’s nursing students will receive access to Nurse’s Touch for one year.

“[Kopeikin] received more nominations than anyone else in the country,” said Institute Vice President, Sandra Miller, “She is a whirlwind, she is passionate.”

The Assessment Technologies Institute, a company that helps educate nursing students, held a presentation for Kopeikin in the Administration Building on Tuesday to recognize her achievements as a nursing educator.

Institute representatives described Kopeikin as enthusiastic and committed.

“[Kopeikin] is an exceptional nurse educator who makes it her priority to be available to students,” Ashlie Allen, an institute solutions consultant said.

Kopeikin is devoted in providing the best education to her nursing students. The nurse’s touch online product line includes information, leader, communication and wellness modules.

Her passion for caregiving started at a young age.

“I always liked nursing, I just love having a giving role. Part of nursing is educating your patients, because we try to empower them,” Kopeikin said.

Dean Nevins, dean of the nursing department, described Kopeikin as enthusiastic and committed to the college and her students.

“She has a tremendous force for positive educational development, she is always thinking about how to make improvements and make the best of every resource,” Nevins continued.

Along with the Nurse’s Touch Award, Kopeikin will receive a four-night, all expenses paid trip to the National Nurse Educator Summit in Orlando, Florida next April.

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