DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 17, 2017) - The American Health Council has named Katheryn Csonka, an assistant professor of nursing at Daytona State College, a leader among America's DSC nursing instructor named among America’s bestBest Nurses for 2017. The honor is awarded to nurse educators and professionals who have exhibited exemplary conduct in their field.

"We are proud of Katheryn and believe this is a well-deserved recognition," said Dr. Linda Miles, associate vice president of DSC's College of Health and Public Services. "The award not only affirms her dedication to quality instruction and student success, it is a reflection of the School of Nursing's commitment to continuous improvement and academic excellence."

With over 20 years of experience in nursing, Csonka joined DSC in 2015. In addition to teaching full-time at DSC, she also is an adjunct nursing professor at Kaplan University and a visiting professor at the Chamberlain College of Nursing, Jacksonville.

She holds an Associate Degree in Nursing from Cuyahoga Community College, a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University and is working toward her Doctorate in Nursing from Capella University.

She is affiliated with Sigma Theta Tau, Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses; the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; the Historical Nurses Association; and the American Nurses Association.

The American Health Council is the nation's only organization that advocates for and supports improvement in all sectors of the healthcare industry. Throughout 2017, the organization is honoring America's Best Doctors and Nurses. Its "Best in Medicine" and "Best in Nursing" awards programs honor the individuals and institutions that have contributed significantly to medicine and nursing, as well as the training and education of physicians and nurses. The most current selections for these honors may be viewed at and



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