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Colorado Nurses Foundation awards thirty-four scholarships!

The Colorado Nurses Foundation (CNF) announces the names of the thirty-four recipients of CNF 2008 Scholarships. The scholarship recipients represent ten nursing education programs including Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree (traditional, accelerated and RN-BSN) and Graduate (Master's, Nurse Practitioner, Doctorate in Nursing Practice and PhD) programs. This is the third year that the CNF, Friends of Nursing (FON) and Sigma Theta Tau (STT) have utilized the shared Colorado Nursing Collaborative Scholarship Application form. While criteria for selection of scholarship recipients does vary among the three organizations, they share a common goal of assisting Coloradoans who are enrolled in basic or advanced nursing education programs. FON and STT will announce their recipients within a few months.

Founded in 1987, the CNF is dedicated to improving health care and nursing practice in Colorado. The scholarships awarded in 2006 totaled $33,500, in 2007 this increased to $45,000 and in 2008 reached $52,000. Scholarship donors include individuals and organizations. For more information about the CNF, membership, donation opportunities, scholarship applications, the May 9, 2009 Nightingale Event, etc. visit the web site at www.coloradonursesfoundation.org.

Abbreviations used include: BSN = Bachelors Degree in Nursing, MSN = Masters Degree in Nursing, PhD = Doctorate of Philosophy, FNP = Family Nurse Practitioner, DNP = Doctorate in Nursing Practice, APN = Advanced Practice Nurse and CNS = Clinical Nurse Specialist. All Educational Programs are in Colorado. Dates of anticipated graduation, if known, are shown. Allen-Thomas, Jennifer (H.M. Muffly Memorial Scholarship) is a graduate student in the MS/ FNP program at Regis University. Her educational path started with completion of an LPN program then ADN and BSN. She is employed by Kaiser Permanente. Her long term plans include working as an APN with an underserved population or in a nursing faculty position. Anderson, Shawn (H.M. Muffly Memorial Scholarship) plans to complete her MS/FNP program at Regis University in May 2009. She is employed by the Department of Nursing at Metropolitan State College. Ms. Anderson sees herself expanding her roles as a nurse leader/education and as an advocate for patients, their families and communities. Berg-Ramsey, Jennifer (Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency Scholarship) is in her first year of the Accelerated BS-RN/BSN program at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). Ms. Berg-Ramsey comes to nursing after a career that includes both a BS and MS in Animal Science. She has taught at middle/high school level as well as at Colorado State University (CSU) and for Front Range Community College (FRCC). While she plans to pursue a graduate degree in nursing, she hopes her first nursing position will be in a direct patient care role. Bosley, Gayle (Nightingale Scholarship) is enrolled in the BSN program at Colorado State University @ Pueblo. She is employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a nursing care facility where she is able to utilize her minor in Spanish. Brakovec, Jillian (Nightingale Scholarship) is a senior student at UNC. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant and currently works as a Labor and Delivery Tech at the Medical Center of the Rockies. She is considering career options that include working in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and, in time, plans to become a Neonatal NP. Carter, Loreli (Nightingale Scholarship) is a student at Regis University in the MS/FNP program. She started her career as an Associate Degree RN and then earned her BSN. Ms. Carter looks forward to her role as a FNP. Close, Kathleen (Johnson & Johnson Nightingale Scholarship) is enrolled in the LPN-RN Bridge Program at Community College of Denver. She is employed by Kaiser Permanente. Ms. Close is interested in a career in geriatric nursing. Constant, Tim (Poudre Valley Health System Scholarship) is a Junior BNS student at UNC and plans to graduate in December 2009. He is employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Poudre Valley Hospital. Mr. Constant previously completed a BS-Kinesiology. He plans to work in an inpatient setting and later to complete a MS-Nursing Education. Dybzinski, Natalie (Colorado Nurses Association District 20-Dorothy Babcock Memorial Scholarship) is a BSN student at UNC. She plans to graduate in May 2009. Ms. Dybzinski hopes to work in an acute care setting in Northern Colorado and has an interest in psychiatric nursing. Dykstra, Chelsea (Nightingale Scholarship) plans to complete her BSN program at UNC in 2009. Her career goal is to work in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Elliott, Shawn (Roy Anderson Memorial Scholarship) is enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing (UCDCON) where she is pursuing a Post Master's Certificate/DNP focusing in Pediatrics. Ms. Elliott is currently a nursing instructor at Adams State College and she is also a Pediatric CNS. Ms. Elliott plans to practice as a PNP in rural Colorado. Erickson, Tricia (Colorado Nurses Association Virginia Paulson Memorial Scholarship) is a Junior BSN student at UNC. She previously completed a BS-Nutritional Sciences & Dietetics and is a Cert)fied Nursing Assistant. Following her planned December 2009 graduation she hopes to work as an acute care nurse with a long range interest in mental health nurses as an APN. Feller, Daniel (Banner Health System Nightingale Scholarship) is a senior in the Second Degree Bachelors to BSN program at UNC. He previously completed an Emergency Medical Technician program and earned a Bachelor of Health degree. Mr. Feller is currently working as a Unit Assistant (ER) at Poudre Valley Hospital. His interests include working with an underserved population. Jefferies, Melissa (Nightingale Scholarship) is a junior BSN student at UNC. She previously completed a Certified Nursing Assistant program. Ms. Jefferies is interested in working in an acute care setting. Johnson, Nels (Rose Medical Center Nightingale Scholarship) is a Senior BSN student at UNC. Mr. Johnson previously completed a certified nursing assistant program and has an Emergency Medical Technician Certificate. He currently works part-time as a certified nursing assistant in the Poudre Valley Health system. He is interested in working the Emergency Room. Kreeger, Amy (Exempla Lutheran Medical Center Nightingale Scholarship) plans to graduate from the MS/FNP program at Regis University in May 2009. She is currently employed at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center. Ms. Kreeger looks forward to working as an APN in Colorado. Jackson, Alma (Red and Lola Fehr Nightingale Scholarship) is currently a student in the MSN program at UNC. Her previous graduate education includes both a MS in Community Health & Wellness and a PhD in Education. Dr. Jackson is on faculty at Mesa State College and also works as a home health nurse in Grand Junction. She is involved in Nursing Research and plans to continue in the role of nursing faculty.

Kwarteng, Yakub (University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing Scholarship) is a Junior BSN student at UCDCON. He is employed as a student laboratory assistant in the UC-School of Medicine. His prior education includes a BSc in Land Economy (in Ghana) and a diploma in Informational Technology (London, England). His long term goals include both being a nurse educator and an acute care nurse. Mr. Kwarteng plans to graduate in 2010. Looka, Lane (Colorado Trust Nightingale Scholarship) is a student at Regis University in the MS/FNP program. He entered the health care field as a Paramedic/ EMT, later obtained an AAS in Nursing and then a BSN. Mr. Lane is currently employed in a nursing faculty at Concord Career College, as a Hospice Care Nurse and as affiliate faculty at Regis University. His career plans, following his planned May 2009 graduation, include working as a FNP in a rural practice. Pendleton, Portia (Colorado Nurses Association District 3 Scholarship) is a junior student at UCCS who plans to graduate in 2010. She is interested in school nursing and ER. Richmond-Haygood, Marion (Nightingale Scholarship) is a Senior BSN student at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She is employed as a WIC Breastfeeding Counselor at the El Paso County Health Department and plans a career in Public Health. Reudebusch, Paula (Patty Walter Memorial Scholarship) is a MS/FNP student at UNC. She will graduate in May 2009. Ms. Reudebusch works as an RN (Peds) at PVH and also in an on-call position at CSU. She is interested in teaching and working as a FNP in a clinic or school. Rivers, Amanda (Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders Scholarship) a Senior BSN student at UNC plans to graduate in May 2009. She previously completed both the EMT and Certified Nursing Assistant program and is currently employed as a certified nursing assistant at the Medical Center of the Rockies. Her areas of interest include Womens' Health and perhaps later an APN role or nursing management. Rogers, Kristin (Medical Center of the Rockies Scholarship) a Junior BSN student at UNC, plans to graduate in May 2010. She previously completed an Associate of Science degree and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. Ms. Rodgers is employed as an office manager for Orthotic Prosthetic Care and is a Home Health Aide. She plans to stay in Larimer County and is interested in Pediatrics with a long term goal of becoming a Pediatric NP or a Certified Nurse Midwife. Salberg, Jessica (Nightingale Scholarship) is a Junior BSN student at UNC. She plans to graduate in May 2010. Ms. Salberg is employed by Caring Hearts Home Health Agency. She is interested in working in the ER and perhaps later will become an APN. Sounart, Jennifer (LaFawn Biddle Nightingale Scholarship) will complete the MS/FNP program at Regis University in May 2009. She currently works in Labor and Delivery at SkyRidge Medical Center. Her areas of interest include health promotion and serving as a medical missionary. Tanner, Tanya (St. Anthony Hospitals Nightingale Scholarship) plans to complete her PhD at UCDCON in the summer of 2010. She is interested in research, practice and education with a holistic focus. Ms. Tanner is a Certified Nurse Midwife and works at Denver Health and Hospitals and with Aurora Nurse Midwives. Tatman, Carrie (National Jewish Medical and Research Center Nightingale Scholarship) is a student in the RN program at Front Range Community College.

She has a previous BS in Health and Exercise Science and a BA in Spanish. Ms. Tatman works at Northern Colorado Medical Center as the ER Bilingual Guest Relations Coordinator/Patient Advocate as well as being a Spanish interpreter at Foothills Gateway. Her plan is to work in the ER after graduation. Valdez, Lindsey (Rose Medical Center Nightingale Scholarship) is a junior in the BSN program at UNC. She plans to graduate in August 2010. Ms. Valdez is employed as a Resident Assistant at UNC, as an Outreach Program Mentor at the Greeley Visitor's Center and is a lifeguard at the Castle Rock Recreation Center. Her interests are to work in Acute Care and later to return to graduate school. Wall, Laurie Christine (Roy Anderson Memorial Scholarship) is a first year student in the DNP program at the UCDCON. She plans to continue to work as a nurse educator and will also utilize her CNS (Acute Care) in rural NE Colorado. Ms. Wall is an example of the utilization of a career ladder have started her nursing career as an ADN then completing a BSN, a MS and a CNS program. White, Kellie (Colorado Nurses Association Nightingale Scholarship) plans to complete her BSN at the UNC in December 2009. Prior to starting the BSN program, she completed her BS-Animal Science and became a Certified Nursing Assistant. She works as a Wrangler at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch and is a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Medical center of the Rockies (Cardiac Unit). Her goal is to teach nursing students. Wiseman, Steven (Colorado Nurses Association DNA 16 Scholarship in Honor of Eleanor Bent) is an Accelerated BSN student at Metropolitan State College. He previously completed a BA-Environmental Studies and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. His plans are to work in rural Colorado. Wittich, Michelle (The Medical Center of Aurora Nightingale Scholarship) plans to graduate from Arapahoe Community College in December 2009. She has previously completed both a MS and BA in Psychology. Her area of interest is the neonatal intensive care unit or other acute care area. Yost, Anthony (St. Anthony Hospitals Nightingale Scholarship) plans to complete his Accelerated BSN program at Regis University in December 2009. He has a previous BS in Journalism. Mr. Yost is employed as a Client Services Manager at Kerasotes Theatres. His area of interest is Pediatrics and may later pursue a MS/Neonatal NP degree.

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Eve Hoygaard, MS, RN, WHNP-BC
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