Woman honored for contributions to Union College nursing program

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials in Knox County and Congressman Hal Rogers (R-5th District) honored a woman who helped start a new nursing school program at Union College.

Several years ago, Edna Jenkins Mann, who is originally from Barbourville and went to Union College, got the idea for the nursing school. The goal is to help ease a BSN Nursing shortage in the region.

Mann offered to be the project fundraiser.

Now the Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing is open with its first classes.

On Friday, officials celebrated the program named in her honor.

"I'm absolutely overwhelmed at this celebration and overwhelmed that Congressman Rogers would take the time to come. It truly is that important to Barbourville to Union College and to Knox County," said Edna Mann.

"This nursing school is going to furnish a lot of nurses, so the legacy for this program will be forever. Generations of nurses no doubt will come through here," said Congressman Rogers.

During the celebration, the nursing school faculty and students also presented gifts to Mann.

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