Since 2006, Ralston Center in Philadelphia annually has awarded educational grants to two graduate-level nursing students, one from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and one from Villanova (Pa.) University.
This year, the two $2,000 grants were awarded to Steven Szablewski, RN, BSN, PCCN, of the University of Pennsylvania and Laura Binkley, RN, BSN, of Villanova University. The award presentation took place April 18.
Szablewski is a student in the University of Pennsylvania Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program. In Szablewskis recommendation letter, he was described as “extremely bright, committed to care of older adults and a true collaborator with patients, caregivers and peers, as well as faculty and other healthcare providers.”
Binkley is a student in the MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Villanova University and is employed as a staff nurse at Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital. According to her recommendation letter, “Ms. Binkley has an outstanding academic record and continually demonstrates passion for older adults throughout her clinical and didactic courses. Faculty describe her as passionate, focused and dedicated to the elderly and their total care needs.”
Candidates for the Ralston award are nominated by their schools clinical instructors or academic advisors. Candidates must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and must have completed one-third of the course requirements toward their graduate nursing program in gerontology. The award is offered in the spring of each year.