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I know I've said it before, but hosting the nursing scholarship awards ceremony and reception is one of the really fun things I get to do in my chief nursing officer role. As I was preparing for the reception this year, I again had the opportunity to review the essays our staff wrote for their scholarship applications.
Those who are completing a nursing program to become a nurse write about why they want to be a nurse. I am always overwhelmed by these essays — the desire to help our patients during a time that may be the most difficult time of their lives comes out loud and clear. Whether they share an experience they had as a patient or as family of a patient whose nurse impacted their life; whether they knew from an early age they were going to be a nurse or found their calling to nursing later in life, I know each one will make a difference in the lives they serve and our profession is in good hands for many years to come as they become nurses.
Registered nurses who are applying for one of the Alice Peters or Marilyn Hawkins Leadership or the Rajani NICU Education Advancement scholarships write how they have contributed to the profession and how they plan to advance the practice of nursing at Community upon completion of their degree program. Whether they plan to practice at the bedside, as an educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist, or as a supervisor, manager, director in nursing or even as a future CNO, we are in good hands with each of these nurses, too!
Our complex healthcare environment and healthcare reform will require new skills and new roles for nurses — the education they are pursuing will ensure they are well prepared to lead Community into the future.
Congratulations to all of our staff who received scholarships: 16 student nurses who received Alice Peters Nursing Scholarships, three NICU RNs who received Rajani NICU Education Advancement Scholarships, four RNs who received Marilyn Hawkins Nursing Leadership Scholarships and 18 RNs who received the Alice Peters Nursing Leadership Scholarships this year.
Our total awards this year were $130,000 due to the generosity of our donors — THANK YOU to the Peters Foundation, he Rajani family, and many other donors who contribute to our scholarship funds. Their generosity will provide for our employees and our patients for many years to come.
Chief Nursing Officer