Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Cherokee A Nurse I Am Scholarship!

Scholarship recipients each receive $2,000 toward defraying the cost of their nursing education.

The winners of the 2013-scholarship are Theresa Jepsen (Mesa Community College – Mesa, Ariz.), Mary Thies (Oregon Health and Science University – Portland, Ore.), Richard Thai (Baldy View Regional Occupation Program – Ontario, Calif.), John Haddock (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Nursing – Chapel Hill, N. C.), Jennifer Wattles (University of Missouri – St. Louis – St. Louis, Mo.), Ashley Smith (University of Massachusetts, Amherst School of Nursing – Amherst, Mass.), Jaime Contreras (Riverside Community College – Riverside, Calif.), Allison Williams (Cedarville University – Cedarville, Ohio), Hayley Colleran (Curry College – Milton, Mass.), and Jesus Beltran (Oakland University- Rochester, Mich.).

Selection was based on an essay written in response to the inspirational nurses' film, "A Nurse I Am". Entrants were asked to address the following questions in their essays:

  1. The movie "A Nurse I Am" provides a wealth of insights and approaches to be considered by future nurses, new nurses and seasoned nurses. According to Joyce Newman-Giger, "When nurses consider race, ethnicity, culture, and cultural heritage, they become more sensitive to clients.” Considering this statement, what two nurses in the film seem to best portray or consider the importance of culture in their approach to patient care?  Explain why.
  2. The United States thrives as an expanding multicultural pluralistic society.  As a nurse, how and why will you step forward to offer culturally competent care?

Cherokee has provided 70 scholarships to student nurses since 2007, totaling $140,000.

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