Sunday December 17th 2017

Class of 2015: A leader for the future

“Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.”

— Claire Fagin, PhD, RN, FAAN

To underscore these empowering words, the American Nurses Foundation has teamed up with Fresenius Kabi USA and The American Nurse Project’s visionary documentarian, Carolyn Jones, to create The Fresenius Kabi and The American Nurse Scholarship.

Lindsey Morris

In 2014, the first nine recipients of this scholarship were selected to receive a matching scholarship in conjunction with one they received from their state nurses association. Lindsey Morris, a BSN candidate from Robert Morris University, was one of the first recipients to receive this scholarship.

Morris chose to become a nurse after familiarizing herself with the health care field as a child. During her early years, her grandfather was diagnosed with several conditions that resulted in him consistently being cared for by home health care nurses. She was able to observe and learn how nurses treat patients, and when she coupled those experiences with her enthusiasm for human anatomy and physiology, she knew a career in nursing would be a perfect fit.

Morris is in the process of completing the first part of her journey toward becoming a nurse leader. She is in her senior year at Robert Morris University School of Nursing, earning her bachelor of science in nursing degree. The scholarship from the Foundation and Pennsylvania State Nurses Association/Nursing Foundation of PA helped support a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Morris to travel to Nicaragua last November to help open a new clinic that provides health care to families that normally could not afford it.

The issue of poverty and those who cannot afford health care is one that Morris wishes to address in the future. Her current work with the Robert Morris University School of Nursing and the new clinic opening in Nicaragua is a great first step. “Nurses are the first line of action and care for patients,” Morris said. “Together we can save lives, instill hope, [and] comfort and guide those who may need us more than we could ever imagine.”

Exceptional transformations in health care through the power of nursing are accomplished by visionaries and leaders. When given the opportunity, these individuals enable a greater good for nurses, patients and the health care system as a whole.

The Foundation thanks its supporters for making this scholarship a possibility, and looks forward to seeing what great transformations arise because of your generosity and Morris’ hard work.

2014 The American Nurse Project and Fresenius Kabi Scholarship Recipients

C. Tom Bush – East Carolina University

Julia M. Conroe – Robert Morris University

Larlene Dunsmuir – Chatham University

Megan L. Haehnel – Wideners University

Karly M. Lotz – Our Lady of Holy Cross College

Lindsey Morris – Robert Morris University

Hannah Ngo – Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing

Holly Novacek – St. Margaret’s School of Nursing, Blawnox Campus

Amanda Olin – The Pennsylvania State University

The 2015 scholarship selection process is underway. Please contact your constituent/state nurses association or visit the website for more information. A complete list of C/SNAs can be found at NursingWorld.org. To make a contribution to the scholarship fund, please visit Americannurseproject.org to purchase a copy of the book and film.

— Kate Judge is the executive director of the American Nurses Foundation.

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