Press release
Posted December 16, 2019

Carla Beck received the Florence Nightingale Student Nurse Award for Nursing Excellence at the Dec. 12 pinning ceremony recognizing 74 new nursing graduates at Lorain County Community College’s main campus.

Carla Beck wears a white nurse coat and hold her award.
Carla Beck with the award she received.

Since 2010, more than 4,000 people have graduated from LCCC with degrees in health care fields. Beck and her classmates are the newest additions to this vital part of the community. The importance and integrity of the nursing profession was underscored during the ceremony, held in the Stocker Arts Center Hoke Theatre.

The LCCC nursing faculty voted Beck as the recipient of the Florence Nightingale Award due to her demonstrated excellence in the clinical area caring for patients and as an emerging professional.

“Carla exemplifies what a safe practitioner should be,” nursing professor Marianne Carvour said. “She spends any extra time with her patients ensuring the meeting of not just their physical needs but their psychosocial needs. It is her character to leave each patient better than she has found them.” Beck routinely helps her peers after completing her own work, Carvour said. She leads by example with a mature, ethical demeanor, she added.

The nursing excellence award was created for the recognition of students who give back and exemplify the characteristics of Florence Nightingale. The well-known nurse focused her efforts on providing excellent care and developing professional training standards to improve the patients’ outcome and health care experience through the 1860s after the establishment of her nursing school in London. Nightingale fundamentally changed the role of nursing in hospitals and was a key figure in giving nursing a favorable reputation.

“I am surprised and very touched,” Beck said after winning the award. “I am so appreciative of the nursing instructors and faculty who care so deeply about their students, not just academically but on a personal level, as well. That special attention made it possible to get through the hard days and to keep moving forward.”

Beck, who lives in Norwalk, came to LCCC in 2018 to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. She originally started nursing school in the 1990s, but changed direction to focus on raising her family. She worked 20 years for the U.S. Postal Service before retiring in 2017. At the urging of her husband, she resumed her nursing education.

“Becoming a nurse has been my lifelong dream and I’m so excited to see that dream coming true,” she said.

“Nursing school is often a roller coaster of emotion and Carla has experienced her own ride. She’s always happy to help others and takes the time to listen to others during difficult times,” Carvour said. “Above all that happened each and every day, she rose up to continue on to complete her program with winning grace and poise. She is destined to improve the future of nursing.”

Nursing pinning ceremonies are a long-standing tradition at nursing schools. The tradition became standard practice in U.S. nursing schools by 1916. The ceremony signifies the official acceptance into the sisterhood and brotherhood of nursing. Students will officially graduate later this month.