In 2011 the New Jersey Association of Healthcare Recruiters awarded two $1,000 scholarships to member facilities. One scholarship was for an advanced nursing degree, and the other was for an allied health degree.
The scholarship committee, composed of Nancy DeLapo, CHCR, director of staff development for CFG Health Systems; Beth Fasano, human resources at CFG Center for Family Guidance; Nancy Hill, nurse recruiter for St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center; and Nancy Miller, nurse recruiter for JFK Medical Center, met at the beginning of the year to develop a scholarship policy.
In April, scholarship packets were sent to NJAHR members with a cover letter from NJAHR President Claudia Cotarelo, a flyer for recruiters to post in their facilities, a letter of explanation, requirements for scholarship applicants and applications.
Eight applicants applied for the funding: six RNs and two allied health candidates. The New Jersey candidates were from Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury and St. Joseph’s in Paterson. The committee reviewed the documents required for consideration, including applications, resumes, letters of recommendation and an essay submissions.
June Long, RN, BSN, an ED staff nurse at Underwood-Memorial, received the advanced nursing degree scholarship for her pursuit of an MSN. Before pursuing an RN license, Long worked as an anesthesia tech, nursing assistant and unit clerk. Physical therapist Gina Plata, who works at Holy Name, received the allied health scholarship for her pursuit of a doctoral degree.
In August, the scholarship committee informed the winners by phone and letter. Letters also were sent to all who applied to thank them for their participation. The committee plans to continue the scholarship program in 2012.
Nancy DeLapo, CHCR, is director of staff development for CFG Health Systems and a New York/New Jersey Regional Advisory Board member of Nurse.com Nursing Spectrum.