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Robbin Guynn has been recognized by the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau.

A Regis Doctor of Nursing Practice student was recognized by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Sigma Theta Tau honor society of nurses for her research project which examined reflective journaling and its impact on developing critical thinking in new graduate nurses. Robbin Guynn is one of only fifteen people selected by the NLN for an $8,000 scholarship, and one of sixteen for the Sigma Theta Tau grant.

NLN and Sigma Theta Tau are nationally recognized organizations that showcase academic excellence within the nursing community and rewards students through scholarships and grants.

Guynn is in the final stages of her doctoral program and was able to credit some of her success to the support she received from the faculty at Regis. “Dr. Jennifer DiBenedetto has been instrumental in helping me with all aspects of this project, and helping me to secure my scholarships and grants,” said Guynn. “The structure of the project classes has really helped me to develop this project, without making the process overwhelming.”

This class structure was important for Guynn who works two jobs in California along with her course work in the DNP program. Currently, Guynn teaches five courses at California State University in addition to being the RN-BSN program director, while also being a full-time clinical educator at Enloe Medical Center in Chico. This career in education is what created her passion for this project due to her direct connection to nursing students prior to graduation and new graduates who have entered the work force. It has allowed her to understand the importance of critical thinking in the nursing field and the benefits that can come from reflective journaling.