Hello friends! Here at Cherokee, we take pride in supporting healthcare workers, whether it’s through comfortable, high quality medical apparel, footwear and accessories, or through scholarship, volunteer and recognition programs. One such program is the A Nurse I Am Film and Scholarship program, which awards nursing students $2,000 to help defray the cost of their education. Since 2007, we’ve had the privilege and pleasure of providing 80 scholarships totaling $160,000 to stand-out student nurses around the country.
Nursing student winners are selected based on their essays written in response to the inspirational and award-winning film, “A Nurse I Am,” produced by Cherokee to help encourage and instruct nurses and students in their profession. Applicants were asked to watch the film and address the question of how they might balance patient-focused care with heavy workloads and increased demands. Some thoughtful responses from a few of this year’s 10 winning essays include:
“Nurses and student nurses must understand that patient-centered care requires not only rigorous training, testing and licensing but also the proper motivation. It requires true empathy and humility.” – Derrick Jepsen, Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona
“To prevent the mentality of goal-focused care, I will first improve my communication technique. This includes communication to the patient, family, and the rest of the health care team. Communication is integral to better patient outcomes, and I intend to actively create as many positive outcomes as possible.” – April Narvaez, University of Houston-Victoria in Sugarland, Texas
“In light of this video my mission for my future nursing career is to never stop learning and to never be satisfied with my current level of expertise, but to continue improving my comprehension and apply these skills to help others. To take a holistic approach and see my patients for whom they are as people physically, emotionally, and spiritually, not just for their symptoms.” – Megan Cahill, Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon
Congratulations to these and all the winners of this year’s scholarship. To see a full list of winners, read their essays and learn more about the Scholarship program, click here.
Are you a student nurse or know someone who is? Entry for the 2015 A Nurse I Am Scholarship begins in November. And be sure to “like” Cherokee Uniforms on Facebook for up-to-date A Nurse I Am Scholarship info and pass it along to all the eligible students you know.