NNPS Scholarships Contribute to Education, Love of Nursing
Editor’s Note: In 2014, NNPS awarded scholarships to some of Central Ohio’s brightest and most enthusiastic nursing students. Before the 2015 scholarships are announced, let’s check in with a few of last year’s recipients.
NNPS recipient Nina Adair has wanted to be a part of the nursing profession since she was just a young teen. At just 17, she began her career in health care as a nurse’s aide and started working toward her nursing degree at the age of 22. In 2011, she finished the practical nurse program. While working as a home health Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), she continued her education earning an Associate Degree in Nursing in May 2014.
When Nina applied for and was awarded a $5,000 scholarship through NNPS, she was both surprised and more than pleased. “Without the scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to afford to go to school. The scholarship has absolutely helped with classes and books.” She adds, “I am extremely grateful and appreciative for all that everyone at NNPS has done for me. I can’t tell you how much the scholarship has helped me. I am so thankful for organizations such as NNPS. There are very few of them, but I am blessed I found them.”
People who know Nina remark on her dependability, compassion, and clinical skills. Her clinical instructor wrote in her letter of recommendation, “She possesses superlative critical thinking abilities. She is also very caring, gentle, compassionate, conscientious and professional at all times.” Nina has maintained a 4.0 GPA while working full time and caring for elderly family members.
As Nina moves forward in meeting her goals, her plan is to graduate in December with her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Mt. Carmel College of Nursing. She will then be ready to do what she loves most: “Being with patients. I love just being able to talk with them and know that I’m able to help them.” She adds, “When a patient is at their worst, they are depending on you to do the best job you can.”
Talk with Jessica Marshall for just a few minutes, and you will see how her enthusiasm in caring for people is contagious. A $5,000 scholarship recipient, Jessica’s passion for nursing stems from a volunteer experience with Angel’s Ministry in which she witnessed first hand the poor health conditions that plague homeless families. Her desire to make a difference in the lives of these individuals propelled her into the nursing profession.
Through her various professional roles at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, OSU Harding Hospital (free medical clinic), OhioHealth and The James Cancer Center at OSU, Jessica has seen firsthand the difference nurses make in the lives of patients and their families. She enjoys the complete care aspect of nursing, overseeing all facets of a patient’s medical needs in order to contribute to their wellness and advocate on their behalf.
Jessica will obtain her BSN in December 2015 from Chamberlain College of Nursing and plans to eventually become a nurse practitioner with a focus on family practice and community health. The assistance she has received through the NNPS scholarship has been a “great relief.” She shares, “At the time of I was awarded the scholarship, my husband was laid off. Receiving it was everything for me and has gotten me this far!
A colleague notes that Jessica has overcome many obstacles during her educational journey; including caring for her younger brother and helping him graduate from high school. Along the way she also became a new mother herself. Jessica currently has a 3.5 GPA. In spite of the challenges, Jessica encourages others to pursue scholarships. Aside from the financial help they provide, Jessica adds, “As I was filling out the scholarship forms and answering the questions, it reminded me again of WHY I chose to pursue nursing and how much I love it.”
Now that she is halfway through her nursing education, Kayla Morgan is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and she loves it! At just 20 years old, Kayla received a $1,000 NNPS scholarship and said the gift went a long way in easing some of her financial load. “I was so surprised when I was awarded the scholarship and so happy. It really helped with the burden of buying books for two of my semesters. It helped out so much.”
Kayla was accepted into the fall 2014 BSN program at Ohio University Zanesville. Upon completion of her degree she plans to work as a pediatric nurse caring for children with cancer. Eventually, she plans to earn a graduate degree in nursing to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
Currently, Kayla splits her time between classes and clinical work at a local nursing home. Her favorite times are when is interacting with the patients there. “They really need someone to listen to them, and I enjoy doing that,” Kayla says.
Those recommending Kayla for the scholarship cite her leadership and organizational abilities along with her compassionate understanding. “She will be a great asset to the nursing profession.” Kayla maintains a 3.4 GPA.