Six nursing students from Marymount University, Arlington, Va., were among the scholarship recipients recognized Nov. 1 by Inova Health System leaders at the annual Inova Nursing Scholars Reception.
Lisa Klein, RN, a DNP candidate at Marymount, was honored as the recipient of Inova’s first John and Nina Toups Doctoral Nursing Scholarship, which is for $15,000. Klein has worked at Inova for 26 years and serves as a clinical nurse specialist at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax, Va.
“I’m getting my doctorate because I want to do my job better,” Klein told reception attendees. “I want to be the nurses’ nurse to translate clinical evidence to the bedside and improve outcomes.”
Klein’s doctoral research project is an assessment of peripheral IVs in newborns. “I’m creating a checklist, an assessment tool, for nurses to use at the bedside and obtaining feedback from them about its usefulness,” Klein said.
Four of the Marymount scholars at the reception are in the university’s accelerated BSN program, having previously earned bachelor’s degrees in other fields. They each received a $7,500 BB&T/Inova Scholarship for their final semester of the two-year program. The scholarship is the product of a partnership among Branch Banking and Trust Company, Inova Health System and Marymount, designed to encourage men and women to enter the nursing field by earning a second bachelor’s degree. Each year, the interest on a $750,000 BB&T endowment is matched by philanthropic gifts raised by Inova’s foundation, and the combined dollars are made available for scholarships.
Theresa Hardy of Arlington, Va., had earned a degree in theology and philosophy when she decided to become a labor and delivery nurse.
Other BB&T/Inova scholars are Bethany Blevins, Jennifer Drenkard and Stephanie Rein. In addition, Marymount senior Erica Ritchie, who is in the four-year BSN program, received an Inova Nursing Excellence Scholarship for $7,500.
“All of us will have occasion to be thankful for excellent nurses,” Marymount President Matthew D. Shank said. “I am proud to see Marymount students stepping forward to make a difference in the healthcare field and in people’s lives.”