Scholarship Essay

Nursing is my life and my passion; I have never considered nursing to be a job but my calling. I began my nursing career in 1987 after graduating from Harrisburg Area Community College with my ADN. Since that time I have pursued my love for nursing in hospital, home care, and hospice care settings. Presently, I enjoy nursing as part of the Nursing Leadership at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading Pennsylvania where I have been the Nurse Manager in the Infusion Center for the past four years.

My leadership at The Reading Hospital Infusion Center has grown to provide over 5,000 patients with preventative, supportive, and maintenance infusion and injection therapies for a myriad of acute and chronic illnesses. Additionally, in 2009, I led the Infusion Center to expand services once again to provide outpatient Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) services to the community.

I truly believe continued education is essential as a professional nurse. In my role as a mentor to my nursing staff, I obtained my BSN from Immaculata University in 2011. I strive to be the epitome of what I expect from others, encouraging my nursing staff to pursue furthering their own education.

At the beginning of 2012 Reading, PA was identified as first city in the nation for having the largest portion of its residents living in poverty. If this statistic was not disturbing enough, my community was also recognized as 10th in the nation for obesity. I believe given the opportunity to achieve my MSN in Health Care Systems Management would enhance my knowledge and ability to improve the health and well-being of the community I live in.

I truly appreciate you considering me as a recipient of the Loyola On-line Scholarship.