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Cumberland University Instructor Receives March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award



Mrs. Barbara Tincher, Instructor at the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing at Cumberland University has been named the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year.  She received the award December 1at the 2nd annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards gala at the Franklin Marriott in Cool Springs. 

Tincher’s nomination was in the Nursing Education Entry to Practice category.  She was one of 115 nominees up for awards in 16 categories. She was nominated by Dr. Carole Ann Bach, Dean of the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing at Cumberland University.

Tincher’s nomination was made because of her tireless work in the field of education. She teaches medical surgical nursing at the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing, where she says her greatest joy is “seeing the lights come on in the eyes of her students.” Her work in health care stretches well beyond the classroom. In addition to being an Instructor, she serves as an Adult Nurse Practitioner at the faith-based Salvus Center in Gallatin, Tenn., where she sees patients who are uninsured. Other recent work includes volunteering for Room at the Inn that offers food and housing to the homeless in the Nashville area. Over the course of the past year she took several students on Saturday evenings to the Hendersonville Community Church to attend to the homeless residents spending the evening at that facility. While there, they provided blood pressure and health education services. She is most proud of the support her colleagues have given her in their willingness to help others, in particular, the enthusiasm the faculty exhibited in reaching out to the Nursing School in Haiti after the devastating earthquake.  She is proud of the work she and fellow faculty are doing to make a difference in a difficult place and in a challenging work environment where they are providing students opportunities to serve as well as learn.  She is the driving force behind many initiatives at Cumberland including the opening of the Rudy Wellness Center at Cumberland this fall semester that serves students, faculty, and staff and serves as an additional clinical site for nursing students. 

Mrs. Tincher and her husband, Mr. Gabe Tincher, along with other representatives from Cumberland University attended the gala. WSMV's Deanna Lambert and Dan Thomas were emcees for the event.

The March of Dimes recognizes individuals in several fields of nursing specialties. The gala serves to honor and recognize the contributions of nurses who impact the health and well-being of Middle Tennesseans over the course of their lives.