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MU Students Recognized at Inova Nursing Scholars Reception

Thursday, November 03, 2011
Six Marymount University Nursing students were among the scholarship recipients recognized by Inova Health System leaders at the annual Inova Nursing Scholars Reception on November 1. Dr. Matthew D. Shank, president of Marymount, was present to congratulate the Marymount scholars. He explains, “All of us will have occasion to be thankful for excellent nurses. I am proud to see Marymount students stepping forward to make a difference in the health care field and in people’s lives. And I am grateful for the partnerships that make scholarship support available to these students.”

Speakers at the reception included Tony Burchard, president of the Inova Health System Foundation, who paid tribute to the nursing scholars’ commitment to service, and Mark Stauder, president and COO of Inova Health System, who noted, “We need to make sure that we’re caring for our community, and nurses are on the front lines in providing that care.”

Lisa Klein of Reston, VA, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) candidate at Marymount, has been with Inova for 26 years and is currently a clinical nurse specialist at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. She is the recipient of Inova’s first John and Nina Toups Doctoral Nursing Scholarship, which is for $15,000. In her remarks at the reception, Ms Klein said, “I’m getting my doctorate because I want to do my job better. I want to be the nurses’ nurse – to translate clinical evidence to the bedside and improve outcomes.” Toward that end, her doctoral research project is an assessment of peripheral IVs in newborns. Ms. Klein explains, “I’m creating a checklist, an assessment tool, for nurses to use at the bedside and obtaining feedback from them about its usefulness.”

Four of the Marymount Nursing scholars at the reception are in the University’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, having previously earned their 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. This scholarship is the product of a partnership among Branch Banking and Trust Company, Inova Health System, and Marymount University, 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 a degree in Theology and Philosophy when she decided that she wanted to become a nurse. Grateful for the scholarship, she explains, “It takes the stress off during the final semester. It’s very encouraging to see support for people going into the field of nursing.” Ms. Hardy is now looking forward to becoming a labor and delivery nurse.

The other current BB&T/Inova scholars are Bethany Blevins, of Alexandria, VA; Jennifer Drenkard of Fairfax, VA; and Stephanie Rein of Aldie, VA. In addition, Marymount senior Erica Ritchie of Fairfax, VA, who is in the University’s four-year BSN program, received an Inova Nursing Excellence Scholarship for $7,500. Ms. Blevins says, “I’m excited to be starting my nursing career! Even in my clinicals, I already feel that I’m making a difference.”

– left to right: Maureen Swick, R.N., Ph.D., senior vice president and chief nurse executive of Inova Health System; Stephanie Rein; Jennifer Drenkard; Bethany Blevins; Dr. Matthew D. Shank, president of Marymount; Theresa Hardy; and Erica Ritchie

PHOTO 2Nina Toups (left) with Lisa Klein, a Marymount D.N.P. candidate and the first recipient of Inova’s John and Nina Toups Doctoral Nursing Scholarship