As a hospital leader, you know better than anyone how important it is to quality patient care for nurses and other healthcare professionals to be properly educated — especially in a rapidly evolving healthcare landscape.
Well, let me introduce you to three future nurses to watch: our Nurses of Tomorrow 2015 Scholarship winners!
Shannon H., Junior
Marc G., Sophomore
Jenna M., Senior
In an effort to help develop and support the next generation of nurses, nurse leaders, and nurse educators, Medical Solutions awards our Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship as a part of our annual Nurses Week celebration.
This year, in partnership with Nebraska Methodist College, our RN to BSN Academy partner, Medical Solutions awarded three $2,000 scholarships to help support our winners as they strive to be the best of the next generation’s healthcare professionals.
Part of the consideration of winners included an essay answering the question: What does being a patient advocate mean to you? Here is an excerpt from winner Shannon’s essay:
“ … [Patient advocacy] involves recognizing and responding ethically and compassionately to those needs and concerns that are voiced, as well as those that go left unsaid. A nurse not only treats physical pains, but also helps to heal emotional wounds. He or she must strive to develop true empathy, to share in the joys and sorrows of each and every person. In doing so, patients can find hope and meaning in their suffering. An advocate does not merely speak on behalf of the patient, but forms a connection with them. This includes relaying information, so that those being cared for have a complete understanding of their physical condition and what is involved in their treatment, as well as being a friendly and familiar presence, where patients and families will feel safe sharing their concerns. A patient advocate’s role is to treat the patient as an individual with unique needs, and essentially, putting a human face on healthcare.”
Click here to read more from our Nurses of Tomorrow 2015 Scholarship winners’ essays. Who knows, in a few years these people could be your star Travel Nurses!