Congratulations to the 2021 - 2022 New Professional of the Year recipient:

Chendamoni "Chenda" Beaty

Chenda’s nominator said the following:

“It is my honor to nominate Chenda Beaty, MS, RN for the Student Affairs New Professional of the Year Award. Chenda is a 2012 graduate of Georgia Health Sciences University’s (now Augusta University) Master of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader Program. Chenda has served as the Clinic Manager for one of four primary care clinics at the University Health Center at the University of Georgia since August 2019. Chenda came on board as a new leader and has excelled in this role.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Chenda oversaw the creation of the symptomatic COVID-19 Testing Center, and continues to manage that today. Chenda also saw the asymptomatic testing center when it moved from Legion Field in the fall. In addition, Chenda was instrumental in the creation of the nurse led respiratory clinic. A clinic that was created to meet the increased demand of patients with mild COVID symptoms when our demand for appointments exceeded our provider availability. Chenda also served as back up administrative support for our mass immunization clinics, which at its peak administered over 1000 vaccines per day. Chenda has also served as the liaison between the Health Center and UGA’s Student Care and Outreach Department where contact tracing occurs.

While managing her primary clinic, overseeing both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing, and the nurse led respiratory clinic, Chenda has continued to pour into the University Health Center in other ways. She serves on the Quality Council which has oversite of our Performance Improvement Plan and Quality initiative. She is currently a member of a proactive risk assessment focused improving communication and workflow between the testing center and the lab.

On top of all this, Chenda strives to develop professionally and encourages others to do the same. She is currently enrolled in classes for an MBA with a healthcare leadership focus, she seeks opportunities for professional growth and plans to attend ACHA annual conference in May. In addition, she has designed and presented continuing education opportunities for the nursing staff at UHC this year focused on IM injections and a comprehensive review of the code cart.

Chenda is a well-respected leader at the University Health Center and I continue to be amazed at her maturity and professional growth in such a short time as a leader. She strives for excellence in all that she does. In writing this letter, I’m further reminded that she consistently steps up to meet challenges and exceeds expectations of all those around her. She is an asset to the University Health Center, the University of Georgia, college health, and the nursing profession. I’m so proud to be her leader and I hope you will give her strong consideration for this award.”

Recipient: Individual

Have a new professional in your department that exceeds expectations? Are you a newer professional and feel like you have gone above and beyond?

This award recognizes a UGA Student Affairs staff member with 1 to 3 years total professional experience within their field (not only at UGA) who has consistently exceeded the responsibilities of their position in a way that enhances the success, mission, and goals of the Division.

Nominations will be evaluated according to one or more of the following criteria:

  • Performing job responsibilities in an exemplary manner
  • Seeking additional opportunities to engage within the Division outside of regular position responsibilities through volunteering for and/or participating in initiatives hosted by various departments or the Division
  • Positively impacting, engaging, and/or supporting the Division and UGA community
  • Contributing to their field through conference presentations, digital/print publications, or a volunteer role(s)
  • Nominee serves as a staff member in UGA Student Affairs with 1 year to 3 years of total professional experience (not only at UGA) at time of nomination

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