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A statewide student nursing organization has honored a Colorado Mountain College student for the work she has done to further the field of nursing. Paula McNeil of Rifle received the Colorado Spotlight Student award from the Colorado Student Nurses Association, an organization she was instrumental in bringing to CMC’s Spring Valley campus.

The award recognized her efforts in working with the organization on the state level, creating a new chapter at CMC and re-forming a long-dormant organization to help student nurses on campus.

“It means a lot to me that they thought of me that way,” said McNeil, who was nominated by her fellow CMC nursing students. “It was very touching.”

McNeil, 31, is a second-year student in CMC’s nursing program. Already a licensed practical nurse, she’s expected to graduate in May with an associate’s degree in nursing, which allows her to test to become a registered nurse. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in nursing after she graduates.

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