Nursing Professor Receives Award

Mary Down-Last, psychiatric nursing instructor for Bethel College’s School of Nursing, received the Hope Ministries “Spirit of Hope Award” today at the Palais Royale in South Bend, Ind.

The award is given to those who have directly supported the children and families at Hope Ministries. For more than two years, Down-Last has been a resource through Hope4Kids. That’s where she administers the Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training (NCAT) for children ages three and under. This test helps parents and teachers identify the children’s cognitive, social and language development. In addition, Down-Last teaches parenting classes at Hope Ministries, meeting with parents individually. Her support has helped Hope residents better understand and develop in their role as parents and also fosters the healthy development of children.

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Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.