Heather McKinzie of Dumas has been named the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s College of Technology-McGehee.
McKinzie, who is currently employed as the emergency room charge nurse at Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas, received an associate of arts degree from UAM in 2005. She earned a practical nursing technical certificate and an associate of applied science degree in general technology from UAM COT-McGehee in 2007 and became an LPN. She received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from UAM in 2010 and is currently a registered nurse.
As a student on the McGehee campus, McKinzie was vice president of her practical nursing class and won first place in practical nursing skills at the Arkansas LPN Association’s skills competition. On the Monticello campus, she was inducted into the School of Nursing Honor Society in 2010.
McKinzie works with students in the McGehee campus paramedic program, training students on the job during clinical rotations at Delta Memorial Hospital. She is also part of Delta Memorial’s Code Blue Response Team, charged with resuscitation of patients in respiratory or cardiac arrest, the Arkansas SAVES Program to insure rapid treatment of stroke patients, and the Baptist EICU Telemed Team.
McKinzie was nominated by members of the McGehee campus faculty and chosen by Vice Chancellor Bob Ware. She is the third recipient of the award.