Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Cherokee A Nurse I Am Scholarship!
Scholarship recipients each receive $2,000 toward defraying the cost of their nursing education.
The winners of the 2014 scholarship are Derrick Jepsen (Mesa Community College – Mesa, Ariz.), Kate Hanselman (Oregon Health and Science University – Portland, Ore.), Viola Mannlein (St. Peter's University – Jersey City, N.J.), Sarah Mitchell (Fairfield University School of Nursing – Fairfield, Conn.), April Narvaez (University of Houston – Victoria – Sugar Land, Tex .), Valeena Legaspi (University of Massachusetts, Amherst School of Nursing – Amherst, Mass.), Megan Cahill (Portland Community College – Portland, Ore.), Barbara Zalokar (Mount Carmel College of Nursing – Columbus, Ohio), Nicholas Pratt (Rhodes State College – Lima, Ohio), and Angelica Adams (Mid Michigan Community College – Mt. Pleasant, 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 question in their essays:
Each of the nurses in the film A Nurse I Am was united in their complete care for the patients they served and went above and beyond the call of duty. As a nurse, you may be tempted to take shortcuts in patient care to meet demands and complete your workload – sometimes at the expense of patient-centered care. In light of the increased demands and workload that you may face as a nurse, how will you overcome the temptation to become goal-focused instead of patient-focused? What steps can you take as a student to help prevent this mentality and to view each patient as an individual worthy of your best work as a nurse?