Sanders Named Outstanding Alumna

Vicky Sanders headshotNational Park College (NPC) named Vicky Sanders as the 2022 Outstanding Alumna during the annual Employee Recognition Day celebration last week.

Sanders graduated from the NPC nursing program in 1986 and considers herself a lifelong learner. While working in a hospital setting, she enrolled in NPC’s EMT program in 1994 to better understand the role of EMTs and how it related to her work. In 2000, she completed a Bachelor of Science in nursing and received a Master of Science in Nursing and Leadership Management from Capella University in 2016.

Sanders is currently the Director of Care Coordination for CHI St. Vincent at both the Hot Springs and the Morrilton campuses. She is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, a certification that requires dedication and effort in management and leadership. She is also a member of the American Nursing Association, Arkansas Nurse Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses and many more professional organizations. She devotes her time to supporting the health care system and the challenges they face daily.

During the early part of the COVID-19 outbreak Sanders played a vital role on the Garland County Emergency Task Force with the Office of Emergency Management. She went on to advocate for students to be allowed into facilities for clinical education needs when COVID-19 shut down clinicals for students.

Sanders has served on the NPC Nursing Division Advisory Committee and is a champion for nursing education. “She has played and will continue to play a vital role in leading and growing our new nurses to become great nurses and nurse leaders, just as she has modeled in her 36 year career. She represents her alma mater well,” said Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences, Janice Ivers.