New Haven (April 19, 2017) – Lisa Dupuis, President & CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut, has announced that five local nursing students each received a $1,200 scholarship through the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program.
The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program was originally developed by the VNA South Central to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession. The goals of the program are to encourage retention, focus public attention, recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level, and inspire future nurses. To help achieve these goals, for the past fourteen years, the Nightingale program has provided scholarships to outstanding students from five local nursing schools: Yale School of Nursing, Southern Connecticut State University Department of Nursing, Quinnipiac University School of Nursing, Sacred Heart University College of Nursing, and Gateway Community College Department of Nursing.
Fanta Bayoh, the recipient from Yale University, is a first year Master’s student in the Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Program. During her undergraduate years at UCLA, Fanta worked in the Translational Oncology Research Labs and Haworth Surgical Institute. Fanta currently founded Yale School of Nursing’s Black Minority Nurses Organization and she is a volunteer at the HAVEN free clinic. She was described as, “both an exceptional student in the classroom and in her clinical settings. Fanta is committed to patient care, patient advocacy, issues of social injustice and addressing health disparities across local and global communities. Her faculty describe her as a strong, affirming presence to the classroom, conversations and our overall community.”
Nguyen Nguyen, the recipient from Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), is a native of Vietnam. During her upbringing, she witness many people, especially children, who suffered from insufficient access to health care. This experience led her to pursue her own career in the health care field. Nguyen is currently a student in the SCSU Accelerated Career Entry program. She previously received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Connecticut. Her career goals include practicing as a pediatric APRN in order to give back to those less fortunate. Her faculty describe her to have a unique perspective on healthcare in the United States.
Charles E. Crocco, the recipient from Quinnipiac University School of Nursing, is a junior in Quinnipiac’s undergraduate program. Charles is described by Rhea Sanford, PhD, RN and Co-Chair of the Undergraduate Nursing Program as, “one of the strongest students in his class. He achieves this while also holding two part-time jobs, one as an EMT and one as a patient care technician at a local hospital.” Charles is described as a spokesperson for his class, representing them when there are questions about curriculum, course schedules or engagement in philanthropic work.
Kathleen Shea, the recipient from Sacred Heart University College of Nursing, is described as “a humble and unassuming senior undergraduate nursing student who is well respected by faculty and peers.” Kathleen has expressed academic excellence, personal integrity and dedication to others as a Freshman Nursing Peer Mentor. At the time of her nomination, Kathleen maintained a 4.0 Nursing GPA. Her scholarship, leadership and service were recognized last spring when she was inducted into two national honor societies, Sigma Theta Tau International for nursing excellence and Delta Epsilon Sigma. Her faculty adds that those who will be lucky to come across her path will truly be blessed.
Molly Louis, the recipient from Gateway Community College, is a senior in the Associate Degree nursing program. Molly demonstrates leadership skills as President of the Student Nurses Association. Throughout her time in the program, she has demonstrated dedication to the community by raising funds for local organizations and volunteering at a local nursing home in East Haven. In addition, Molly works Personal Care Assistant at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a Lifeguard at Soundview Family YMCA. Gateway nursing faculty state, “Molly is an excellent student academically… and demonstrates compassionate and competent behaviors in the delivery of care in the clinical setting.”
All 2017 scholarship recipients were honored at a special reception hosted by the VNA South Central on April 12, 2017. In addition, thanks to the generosity of Platinum sponsor Yale-New Haven Hospital, they will be recognized at the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing, which will be held on Wednesday May 10, at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven.
For more information about the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing, including sponsorship information and how to purchase tickets, visit the Nightingale website at http://www.nightingalenursingawards.org/index.php/home-newhaven or call the Nightingale hotline at 203-859-6765.