Rev. Dr. Bernice Kirkland Returns to her Alma Mater to Speak to Nursing Students


Pictured at Dillard University from left are Dr. Yolanda Page, VP of Academic Affairs, Rev. Herbert A Brisbon III, University Chaplain, Rev.  Dr. Bernice Kirkland, Dr. Sharon Hutchinson, RN, CNE, Dean of College of Nursing

Forty years ago in 1982, the then Ms. Bernice Williams graduated from Dillard University’s Nursing Program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Last month, Rev. Dr. Bernice W. Kirkland, North Georgia Conference Director of Community Discipleship and Development, was invited back to Dillard University to speak to the current graduating and clinical nursing students. 

During the school’s “Nurses in White” Luncheon, Rev. Kirkland shared with the students and other previous nursing graduates the importance of using their God-given gifts and the invaluable significance nurses have during the healing process. In addition, she shared the importance of mentorship throughout their nursing journey. She shared that while in school, many of the students have at least 1 mentor, likely more. As they move to a new season in their journey they will continue to need mentors and it is also vitally important to become a mentor to colleagues and other up-and-coming nurses.

Rev. Kirkland received a resounding applause after her message and was greeted by many of the current students with thanks for her encouraging message.

After the luncheon, Rev. Kirkland and her husband were given a tour of the state-of-the-art nursing facilities where hospital and clinic environments were simulated and where programmable mannequins (including infants) simulated various health crisis situations to test the student’s practical knowledge.

Rev. Kirkland was very appreciative of the opportunity to share with the students as it is always a blessing to give back.