Erin Colden, RN, BSN, of Blue Bell, Pa., a student in the adult gerontology nurse practitioner program at the Villanova (Pa.) University College of Nursing, has been selected as the recipient of two scholarships for her masters education.
She will receive the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Philadelphia County District 1 Graduate Scholarship for 2013 awarding her $1,000. Shell also receive a 2012-2013 Independence Blue Cross Foundation Nurses for Tomorrow Graduate Scholarship for Nurse Educators and Nurse Practitioners, awarding $5,500.
Both processes required an essay. According to a news release, her award letter from IBC recognized the quality of the colleges program, calling it innovative and noting it will have a meaningful impact on increasing the supply of advanced practice nurses in the greater Philadelphia area.
Colden is a staff nurse in the neurosurgical ICU at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
As an ICU nurse, I have taken care of older adults and their families in some of the most vulnerable times of their lives, Colden said in the release. These experiences have highlighted the unique physical, social and psychological needs of our aging population and led to my focus in studying and serving this group.
Colden is enjoying exploring clinical practice setting options as she rotates through her primary care practice.
I particularly enjoy geriatrics and could envision myself working in a practice that specializes in this population, Colden said in the release. My ultimate goal is to reach my full potential as a skilled and compassionate advanced practice nurse who continues on a path of lifelong learning.