Four Saint Xavier University students from the School of Nursing, Chicago, have been awarded scholarships of $2,500 each from the Blue Island Community Healthcare Foundation. The recipients are Bridget Allen of Blue Island, Jennifer Hodorowicz of Palos Heights, Christie Lewis of Hometown and Kaylin Schrader of Oak Lawn, according to a news release.
Allen, a Marist High School graduate, plans to go into critical care nursing, and chose to pursue a nursing career after having minor surgery on her back. The nurses who took care of me pre- and post-op were really nice and caring and made me want others to feel like that too, she said in the release.
Hodorowicz, also a Marist graduate, works on the mental health floor at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. There are many social stigmas about the mentally ill that are unfounded, Hodorowicz said in the release. Mental health patients are no different than any other patients at the hospital seeking help.
Lewis and Schrader, both certified nursing assistants, work on the adult rehab floor at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Both are graduates of Oak Lawn Community High School.
Lewis said she was inspired to become a nurse after spending many hours in the hospital when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and visiting her mother, a breast cancer survivor, at the hospital, according to the release.
Schrader said she was inspired by a neighbor to pursue nursing. Shed tell me how awesome it was, Schrader said in the release. She plans to work in pediatric oncology, according to the release.