Spring 2013 Scholarship Winners

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Spring 2013 Scholarship Winners

As a proud member of the United States Air Force, nursing to me is much more than a job, it is caring for my brothers and sisters in arms, military family members and our veterans. Getting the opportunity to comfort, teach, celebrate, and hear the incredible stories of real American heroes and has touched my life on so many levels. I have learned compassion, patience, respect and a real sense of American pride. I have cared for people from World War II to Operation Iraqi freedom, and the family...
Nurses promote the emotional and physical health of their patients. Nurses advocate for their patient’s rights in an ever changing and complex world. Nurses also advocate for their professional development and status in the health care community. Tools and resources are essential for the nurse to be successful. A most important skill to develop and continue to refine is communication. Effective communication is the key to success for all professionals, especially medical professionals. Patient’...
My path into the healthcare field was not carefully planned. I happily stumbled upon my passion from behind a medication cart while working as a hospital pharmacy technician. Once during each of my 12-hour shifts, I left the seclusion of the pharmacy to exchange the medication carts with freshly stocked drawers. I admired and even envied all of the nurses as they went about their duties caring for their patients. I ached to be able to interact with the patients and become a part of the nurses...
As a young child riding in the back seat of my parent’s 1969 Pontiac, I declared “I’m gonna be a nurse!” As a young woman, being a nurse meant, “taking care of patients”. However, with maturity comes the revelation that nurses are teachers, caretakers, confidants, mentors and advocates. We teach, educate and inform every day. We advocate for our fellow citizens, neighbors, friends and family. From patients in a healthcare facility to family sitting on the sofa, our experience and knowledge are...
Nursing is always about the patient experience. It does not matter what specialty area we choose to practice in, this fundamental does not change. The patient is our customer and reason to come to work each day. It may be easy to identify bedside nursing with the patient experience, and for me, it is instantly gratifying and fulfilling. In my role as a nurse leader, gratification may be slower, but is just as meaningful because I continue to focus on the patient and their experience. I do this...
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