Katie Campbell - $1,000 Katie is a student at Cleveland State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her projected graduation date is May 2019. She currently works for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Daughters with Degrees Home Care. After graduation Katie sees herself working in an intensive care setting to learn as much as possible to become a competent critical care nurse. Eventually she'd like to earn her Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice. When asked about her approach to nursing Katie replied, "The most important part of nursing to me is providing patients with dignity. I once had an instructor tell me, “make sure you always leave a room being proud of your work”. This is a constant reminder to be fully present in every interaction I have with patients. It’s truly the little things, the extra “above and beyond” steps, that restore dignity to patients and show them that I am here to serve, not solely to collect a paycheck."
Polly Barbinta - $750 Polly is also a student at Cleveland State University pursuing a BSN. Her projected graduation date is May 2019. She currently works for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and after graduation Polly hopes to begin her nursing career as a surgical ICU nurse. She is also interesting in becoming a certified sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE), eventually returning to school to obtain her NP/DNP as a women's health practitioner and midwife. When asked about her general nursing philosophy Polly wrote, "As a nurse, my responsibility is to care for the patient as a whole -mind, soul, and body. My job is to assess who they are, what their needs are, and to develop a therapeutic relationship so that I can become their advocate to their medical team, families, or whatever the situation may be. Each day, I will come into work with a mindset ready to work hard, serve, and love the patients I interact with. By assessing my patients throughout the day and prioritizing their needs, I will seek to put my patient first.
Jon Kruszewski - $250 Congratulations to Jon for his recent graduation from Bryant & Stratton with his degree in Nursing! He will continue to work for Lake Health in an ER department, but as a nurse not a paramedic. When asked about his approach to nursing Jon responded, "My general nursing philosophy is that through kindness, strong work ethic and diligence, more and more patients will achieve an overall better outcome. I believe empathy is most important in the care of those that are ill so the nurse can better understand the patient stressors and treat more effectively. I will approach my work each day through the eagerness to treat those that are in need and unable to treat themselves. "