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NURSING SIMULATION LABORATORY NAMED IN HONOR OF KATE IRELAND Kate was a champion of education and advancing healthcare in rural areas. Now her efforts will be memorialized on the North Florida College campus. Thanks to a $100,000 donation by the Parker Poe Charitable Trust, NFC is naming its nursing simulation lab in honor of Miss Kate. The donation not only names the Kate Ireland Simulation Laboratory in NFC’s Career and Workforce Education Center (Bldg. 13), it also helps purchase advanced training equipment and new patient simulators for the lab. The donation ensures NFC continues to offer the best training opportunities to area nursing students, and in return, helps build a stronger community and healthcare system in North Florida and beyond. Kate Ireland in 2010 with her yellow labs Kate Ireland’s Lessons Give. Give of your time, your talent and treasure. Most of all, give of yourself. Do it right. Whatever your task, from running a meeting to tracking a bird, do it right. Respect every person. Every single person has worth and every person should be treated as such. Shoot straight. Or as Kate might have said, “Look ‘em in the eye and let ‘em know where you stand.” Treasure your friends. Friends nourish and sustain you. Never forget it. Tend to the land. To get the most out of the land, one must care for the land. Perserve. When you confront a hurdle, go over or around it. Get a dog. As Kate noted, “When you’re a child, a dog is your pal. As an adult, when you’re upset, your dog straightens you out. Even when you’re not upset, your dog straightens you out.” Laugh. People are drawn to those who make them smile or laugh. Kate Ireland’s Lessons, picture and biographical information credit: Thomasville Magazine / Spring 2010 edition W I N T E R 2 0 2 0 | CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE 11