Sheila Parks, associate professor of nursing at Bluefield State College, has been named the recipient of the BSC Foundation's "Outstanding Faculty Award" for 1997.
Parks, who has been a nursing faculty member since 1990, is a member of the West Virginia Higher Education HIV/AIDS Prevention Health Promotion Consortia, as well as the District 1 HIV Prevention Community Planning Committee. She has also served as chair of the Bluefield State College HIV/AIDS Awareness Committee and has taken an active role in HIV/AIDS education, presenting conferences to the BSC community, BSC students, and the community, at large.
A member of the West Virginia and American Nurses Associations, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Mercer County CPR Committee, Parks is a volunteer practitioner at Mercer Health Right, Inc., and is Nurse Practitioner at the Bluefield State College Nursing Health Center.
Parks has developed the course "Health Promotion and Wellness" for nontraditional delivery, including distance learning, and is editor of "Health Link," a wellness newsletter distributed to the BSC community, and to health care providers throughout the region. Later this month, for the third consecutive summer, Parks will work as a nursing health volunteer at an Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
A Bluefield State College graduate, and masters' graduate of the University of Virginia, Parks is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, a nursing honorary.