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Southwest Virginia Nurse Practitioner Wins Kings SVHEC Alumni Award

May 14, 2019

BRISTOL, Tenn., May 14, 2019 — Vickie Stevens, a Family Nurse Practitioner who recently opened a private practice in rural Southwest Virginia, has been recognized as an outstanding graduate of King University’s instructional site in Abingdon, Virginia.

Stevens was named King’s 2019 Distinguished Alumna for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center during a special celebration on Tuesday, May 7. She holds an associate’s degree in Nursing from Southwest Virginia Community College and both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from King. She was accepted into the Abingdon cohort of King’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program in 2015 and continued to oversee operations for a large hospice program while taking classes at SVHEC.

“Being able to complete the FNP program in a classroom setting that was so close to my work and home was a blessing to me,” she said. “The cohort became a family to me. The instructors were just wonderful, and they really care about the success of every student. They pray for you, they pray with you, and they’re there for you along every step of the way.”

Stevens graduated from the FNP program in 2017 and is now co-owner of Redbud Family Medicine in Honaker, Virginia. She plans to begin the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at King in August.

The SVHEC Alumni Awards are presented each year to those who have completed degrees at the Higher Education Center through its eight partner institutions. The award recognizes notable achievement, service to the community and inspirational impact. Stevens was nominated by faculty members within King’s Nursing program.

King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degrees. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit; for questions related to accreditation, contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA. 30033-4097, or call 404.679.4500. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV