The Magnet ambassador team at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., added a new tradition to the facilitys Nurses Week activities. This year, the ambassador team and nurses awarded scholarships to two area high school seniors who plan to pursue nursing careers. Rather than spending money on Nurses Week gifts, they decided to create a scholarship fund to promote the image of nursing in the community and encourage those interested in the profession.
It was great to reach out to our local students, and we received such a positive response from our eight area high schools, says Peggy Lennon, RN, CEN, an ED staff nurse who heads the Hudson Valley Hospital Scholarship committee. Participants wrote an essay on why they chose nursing as a career, applied to a National League for Nursing-accredited school, maintained a 2.5 grade point average and submitted a letter of recommendation to the committee.
During the annual National Nurses Week breakfast May 5, Kathy Webster, RN, MSN, CNAA, vice president of patient care services, honored all nurses at HVHC and presented awards to exceptional RNs and units for their accomplishments.
The ambassador team recognized Dick Sammels, a hospital volunteer, with the Friends of Nursing Award and presented Brandi Van Tassel from Haldane High School and Joseph Gentile from Mahopac High School with scholarship awards. In the fall, Van Tassel will attend Mount Saint Mary College, and Gentile will attend Pace University.
It was a wonderful Nurses Week event, and it was great to see everyone celebrating together, from nursing, administration, physicians and ancillary staff, says Debbie Conkling, RN-ACNM, OB assistant nursing manager and co-chairwoman of the ambassador team.