New Haven (April 16, 2019) – Samantha DiCicco, CEO, Executive Director/Administrator of the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut, has announced that five local nursing students each received a $1,000 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.
This year the scholarships were presented to Brittany Butler from Southern CT State University, Riley Cassin from the Sacred Heart University College of Nursing, Connor Miniter from Gateway Community College Department of Nursing, Jenna Gallagher from Quinnipiac University School of Nursing and Christa Varnadoe from Yale University School of Nursing.
All 2019 scholarship recipients were honored at a special reception hosted by the VNA South Central on April 13, 2018. In addition, thanks to the generosity of Platinum sponsor Yale-New Haven Hospital, they were recognized at the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing, which was held on Thursday May 2nd, 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.