Ida Danzey, Santa Monica College’s assistant dean of health sciences, received the Saint John’s Health Center Chair of Excellence in Nursing.

She was honored at college graduation ceremonies Tuesday, June 14th.

Danzey receives $5,000 per year for the next three years to be used for projects of her choice that will enhance nursing instruction.

She plans to use the funds to initiate a specially designed project to boost the confidence level of nursing students and decrease the attrition rate of nursing program students.

“Danzey is hard-working and under her leadership, the nursing program has forged important partnerships with Los Angeles area hospitals,” said college interim president Tom Donner.

She has a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Dillard University in Louisiana and a master of science degree in nursing from California State University Los Angeles.

She is currently working on a doctorate degree in nursing from Case Western University in Ohio.

The Chair of Excellence in Nursing was established through contributions from Saint John’s and the SMC Foundation President’s Circle.

This is the sixth chair of excellence at the college.

The other chairs are in the fields of physical science, biology, earth science, music, and art.

Chairs of excellence are administered by the SMC Foundation and funded from the interest earned on the endowments.