MBU alumna and graduate student, Ansley Little, received the Missouri East Rising Star Nurse of the Year Award this November. The award is given annually to an individual who shows dedicated leadership and exceptional patient care. Little is a clinical nurse at Mercy Hospital in the surgical oncology unit.
“The nursing program at MBU makes me excited to be a nurse. In my undergraduate degree, MBU prepared me for the field by having systems and community in place, even after graduation. I was given the confidence that I could change the nursing world. It just takes someone to believe that.”
Upon graduating in 2020, with her bachelor of science in nursing, she gained certifications in chemotherapy and hospice care. She is currently in MBU’s MSN program pursuing the executive leadership track, where she hopes to be a chief nursing officer at a hospital. Little was the top award winner at the Robert W. Taylor MD Research Symposium at Mercy Hospital in July of 2021. She has also been nominated for seven Daisy Awards.