Nevada Nurses Foundation

Developing Quality Health Care for Nevada Citizens by Promoting The Development of Professional Nursing

   

Foundation Nurses Scholarships & Named Scholarships

NANE Scholarship

$1,000 donated by Nevada Alliance for Nursing Excellence
Katherine "Kat" Cylke

Katherine "Kat" Cylke Scholarship

$1,000 donated by Katherine Cylke

Rural & Frontier Nurse Scholarship

$1,000 donated by the Rural & Frontier Nurses Committee, the NNF, and other donors
Nevada Nurses Foundation

Nevada Nurses Foundation Scholarships

Multiple amounts donated by supporters of the NNF
Betty Razor

Wound Ostomy Care Nurse (WOCN) Scholarship

$1,200 & $1,500 donated by Betty Razor, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Susan Michael

Christine Watson Scholarship

$500 donated by Dr. Susan and Paul Michael
Jami-Sue Coleman

Jami-Sue Coleman Scholarship

$1,000 donated by Jami-Sue Coleman, PhD, RN, MS HSA, MBA, CCM, CNE, CPN, CNL

Hurst Review Scholarship

$1,000 donated by Hurst Review Services
Dr. Ian Choe

Praus & Choe Scholarships

3 scholarships totaling $2,000 donated by Teresa Praus, APRN, & Dr. Ian Choe

NAPNA Scholarship

$1,000 donated by Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association

Tiffany Urresti Memorial Flight Nurse Scholarship

$1,000 donated by Life Guard International Flying ICU
Arthur L. Davis

Arthur L. Davis Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships donated by Mark Miller

Jessie J. Valentine Scholarship

$1,000 donated by Carson Tahoe Health Medical Center
Emma Marrujo Redmon

Emma Marrujo Redmon Scholarship

$1,000 donated by Sandy Olguin, DNP, MSN, RN
Elizabeth E. Fildes

Elizabeth Fildes Scholarship

$1,000 donated by Elizabeth E. Fildes, EdD, RN, CNE, CARN-AP, APHN-BC
Martha Drohobyczer

Maude Arnold & Ethel Ann Lewis Scholarship

$1,000 donated by Martha Drohobyczer, CNM, MSN, APRN
Debra Scott

Debra Scott Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships donated by Debra Scott, MSN, RN, FRE

Southwest Medical On-Demand Scholarships

$1,000 donated by Dr. Eugene Somphone
Rosemary Witt

Rosemary Witt Scholarships

Two $500 scholarships donated by NNA District 3
Denise Ogletree McGuinn

Mary Lucell Johnson Scholarship

$1,000 donated by Denise Ogletree McGuinn, APRN, RN, D. Minn.

We are pleased to provide assistance to very deserving Nevada nursing students and nurses as they pursue becoming a Registered Nurse or advancing their degrees in nursing. The Foundation understands that education takes time, money, and commitment. The scholarship recipients are making a genuine difference in the delivery of quality healthcare for Nevada citizens. Please take a moment to read about these recipients below, and consider making a donation of your time, resources, or expertise.

Thanks to the generous charitable donations from the people and organizations who support the Nevada Nurses Foundation. Since 2015 the Foundation has awarded a total of $68,500 in Foundation and Named Scholarships to 66 recipients to further their nursing education. If not for the generosity of many donors and supporters, the Foundation would not be able to reach and impact as many nurses and student nurses in Nevada.

With your assistance through donations and patronizing our special events, our goal is to provide financial assistance for many more nurses and nurses-to-be. Please click on the What You Can Do link to learn how you can help.



SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

The application period for spring, 2018, has closed. However, applications will again be accepted next fall. Please check here periodically for new dates.


NAMED SCHOLARSHIPS

Donors may request their donation be applied to a named scholarship. These donors have the opportunity to define the name of the scholarship as well as any special criteria for applicants and recipients to meet. Such scholarships are frequently named after the donor, referencing a field of study, or in memory of someone the donor wishes to honor.

Some of the named scholarships first established in 2016 were renewed in 2017 by generous donations from their sponsors, and some 2016 scholarships were not awarded last year and are still available. These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, and a number of them have special requirements established by their respective donors.

2018 Named Scholarships

  • Arthur L. Davis Publishing Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Mark Miller
  • Jessie J. Valentine Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Carson Tahoe Health
  • NNA District 1 Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Nevada Nurses Association

2017 Named Scholarships

  • Jami-Sue Coleman Scholarship, $1,000
  • Jessie J. Valentine Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Carson Tahoe Health
  • Praus & Choe APRN Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Teresa Praus, APRN, & Dr. Ian Choe
  • NAPNA Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association
  • Betty Razor Wound Ostomy Care Scholarship, $1,500; donated by Betty Razor, BSN, RN, CWOCN, and others
  • Arthur L. Davis Publishing Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Mark Miller
  • Debra Scott Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Debra Scott, MSN, RN, FRE
  • Katherine "Kat" Cylke Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Katherine Cylke
  • Christine Watson Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Susan Michael
  • NNA District 1 Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Nevada Nurses Association
  • Maude Arnold & Ethel Ann Lewis Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Martha Drohobyczer, MSN, APRN, CNM
  • Elizabeth and John Fildes Scholarship Fund, $1,000
  • Nevada Rural and Frontier Nurse Scholarship, $1,000 and growing; multiple donors

2016 Named Scholarships

  • Betty Razor Wound Ostomy Care Scholarship, $1,200 and growing; donated by Betty Razor, BSN, RN, CWOCN, and others
  • Arthur L. Davis Publishing Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Mark Miller
  • Dr. Jami-Sue Coleman Scholarship, $1,000
  • Katherine "Kat" Cylke Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Katherine Cylke
  • Maude Arnold & Ethel Ann Lewis Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Martha Drohobyczer, MSN, APRN, CNM
  • Elizabeth Fildes Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Elizabeth Fildes, EdD, RN, CNE, CARN-AP, APHN-BC
  • Tiffany Urresti Memorial Flight Nurse Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Life Guard International Flying ICU
  • Nevada Alliance for Nursing Excellence (NANE), $1,000
  • Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association (NAPNA), $1,000
  • Mary Lucell Johnson Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Denise Ogletree McGuinn, APRN, RN, D. Minn.
  • Emma Marrujo Redmon Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Sandy Olguin, DNP, MSN, RN
  • Debra Scott Scholarship, two donations of $1,000; by Debra Scott, MSN, RN, FRE
  • Praus & Choe APRN Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Teresa Praus, APRN, & Dr. Ian Choe
  • Hurst Review Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Hurst Review Services, Inc.
  • Jessie J. Valentine Scholarship, $1,000; donated by Carson Tahoe Health
  • Two Southwest Medical On-Demand Scholarships, $500 each; donated by Eugene Somphone
  • Two Praus & Choe Scholarships, $500 each; donated by Teresa Praus, APRN, & Dr. Ian Choe
  • Christine Watson Scholarship, $500; donated by Paul & Susan Michael
  • Nevada Rural and Frontier Nurse Scholarship, $500 and growing; multiple donors
  • Two Rosemary Witt Scholarships, $500 each; donated by Nevada Nurses Association (NNA) District 3

If you are interested in sponsoring a named scholarship, please refer to the Named Scholarship page for more information.


SCHOLARSHIP JUDGES

The following people have generously volunteered over the years to serve as judges for the NNF scholarship program:

  • Anna Anders, MSN, RN
  • Doreen Begley, BSN, RN
  • Mary Bemker, PhD, MSN, CADC, LPCC, RN
  • Andrew Brown, MSN, APRN, FNP, RN
  • Judi Carrion, EdD, MSN/Ed, MSHS, RN-BC, CNOR
  • Maria D'Errico, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
  • Glenn Hagerstrom, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE
  • Wallace Henkelman, Ed.D, MSN, RN
  • Linda Jacks, MSN, RN
  • Heidi Johnston, DNP, RN, CNE
  • Cassidy Jost, RN
  • Jean Lyon, APRN, RN
  • Margie Masters
  • Jennifer McCarthy, BSN, RN
  • Tracey McCollum, MSN, BSN, RN, PHN, CENP, NEA-BC
  • Annie Millar
  • Donna Miller, EMSRN, CMTE
  • Denise Ogletree McGuinn, APRN, RN, D.Minn
  • Sandra Olguin, DNP, MSN, RN
  • Amy Pang, BSN, RN
  • Betty Razor, RN
  • Christina Sapien
  • Mary Sellars, RN
  • Debra Toney, RN
  • Rowena Trim, RN, BSN, MPH
  • Dave Tyrell, BSN, RN
  • Joanna Valdes, RN
  • Julie Wagner, PhD, MSN, RN


2018 SPRING SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS


Melissa Washabaugh, BSN, RN

2018 NNA District 1 Scholarship Recipient
Melissa is currently working as a charge nurse at Pershing General Hospital in the acute/ED department. She is also in her first year of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Master's program at Orvis School of Nursing. Melissa serves as NNA District 1 Director at Large and has recently been promoted to chair of NNA's Rural and Frontier Committee. Melissa has been involved in several projects to improve mental health care in rural areas. Through the rural committee she has been dedicated to training nurses as safeTALK instructors, increasing the availability of this evidence-based suicide awareness training in rural communities. Her graduate work is focused on studying the impact of tele-health psychiatric evaluation for crisis patients in rural emergency rooms.

Joel Fairfield, RN

2018 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Joel completed his Associated Degree in Nursing from Great Basin College in the Spring of 2017 after a successful 27 year career as a police officer and a member of the Nevada National Guard. Since graduation, he has been working as an emergency room nurse at Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon, Nevada. He is continuing his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Great Basin College with a planned graduation date in Spring 2019. Joel and his wife, Terri, are the parents of six children, all of whom have been proudly raised in Nevada. Joel plans to continue his nursing career serving the rural populations of Nevada.

Jaime Young, BSN, RN, OCN

2018 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Jaime has lived in Sparks, Nevada, since 2006. She currently works as a Radiation Therapy RN at Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in Truckee, CA. She graduated from Truckee Meadows Community College with her ADN in 2010 and obtained her BSN through Western Governors University in 2015. She is currently enrolled at Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno in the BSN to DNP program, Family Nurse Practitioner track. Her expected graduation date in May 2020. After graduation, Jaime plans to work as a primary care provider in Northern Nevada, focusing on healthcare provider shortage areas. She is interested in rural health and is currently working on her Doctoral project focusing on colorectal cancer screening in rural Nevada.

Lorin-Pierre Andre

2018 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Lorin-Pierre has been a resident in Henderson, Nevada, since 2010 when he relocated to perform for Cirque Du Soleil. After spending innumerable hours in various hospitals around the country searching for a diagnosis for his son, he decided to pursue a BSN. Nevada State College's program allows him the flexibility to pursue his goal. After his graduation in August of 2019, he hopes to work in intensive care where he feels he will be best suited to help patients and their families in their times of need.

Jennifer Lewis, CNA

2018 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Jen has resided in Winnemucca, Nevada, for the last 11 years, and currently attends Great Basin College. She also holds an associates degree in Business Management, which she plans to use with her nursing degree in the future. She has 17 years of experience in the medical field as a CNA, Phlebotomist, Cardiac Monitor Technician, and Unit Secretary, including two years at her current position as CNA at Humboldt General Hospital-Harmony Manor. Jen plans to focus her career on critical care nursing after graduation, and eventually to earn her APRN and work as a Family Care Nurse Practitioner. Jen's own experiences with health problems and the amazing nurses who took care of her who were kind and caring inspired her to become like them, and the nurses who weren't as caring inspired her to do better for her own patients. Jen has 4 children (Kylie, Cody, Dakota, and Nyah) with her husband Doug. Kylie is also pursuing a degree in nursing.

Vimal Patel

2018 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Vimal lives in Henderson, Nevada, and attends Nevada State College's School of Nursing pursuing his BSN degree. He is employed as a Mental Health Technician at Desert Parkway Healthcare Hospital. His anticipated graduation date is August, 2019. After graduating, Vimal intends to pursue his interest in critical care and work in an Intensive Care Unit. Ultimately he would like to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and become certified as a flight nurse. His long-term vision includes traveling throughout the United States and overseas providing care to those in need, especially in third world countries.

Katylynn Hymas, RN

2018 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Katy is a student at UNR obtaining her MSN as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with anticipated graduation in spring, 2020. She lives in Elko County and works full time for the Elko County School District. Katy has a passion for helping others and advocating for youth, especially those with psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders, and substance abuse problems. Katy is the mother to five children, three of whom are special needs due to in-utero substance abuse and adopted through foster care. She has a love for rural Nevada, where she has practiced as a registered nurse for the past several years. She was recently nominated to serve on the Governor's Behavioral Health Planning & Advisory Council. Katy volunteers as a crisis counselor with the Crisis Text Line.

2017 FALL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS


Dawn Koonkongsatian
MSN Ed, RN, CNN, COI

2017 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Dawn Koonkongsatian is a resident of Las Vegas currently employed as a lecturer at Nevada State College. She is enrolled at University of Colorado, Denver as a PhD student, with a focus in Caring Science. Her dissertation focus will be exploring what meaning of sacred space looks like to sexual minority females with experience of intimate partner violence. Her anticipated date of graduation is May 2020. She is an active participant in Sigma Theta Tau International (Zeta Kappa-at-large), Vice President 2015 - 2017; American Nephrology Nurses Association, 2001 - present; and a member of NNA and ANA. Her community volunteerism extends to local domestic violence shelters teaching yoga and meditation, and at The Center with QVolution program. After graduation she plans to continue in academia and pursue a tenure track position with research options. She continues to work on highlighting inclusion of gender diverse communities in the undergraduate nursing and RN-BSN programs at Nevada State College.

Annette Clark, RN

2017 Rural & Frontier Nurse Scholarship Recipient
Annette (Malotte) Clark was born and raised in Elko, Nevada. She currently works as a school nurse for the Elko County School District in Owyhee, Nevada, which is on the Duck Valley Shoshone Paiute Reservation. The school serves approximately 300 students K-12. She became an RN in 1986, graduating from Northern Nevada Community College (now known as Great Basin College) in Elko. Annette has worked in a number of different fields during her nursing career: respiratory therapy, ICU, surgical services, correctional nursing, behavioral health, and dialysis. She was enrolled in the pilot BSN program at GBC many years ago but didn't complete the degree. She resumed her academics this year and plans to graduate in June, 2018, from GBC. She plans to continue working as school nurse in Owyhee, hopefully into retirement. Her hope is that the students she serves will view her as a positive role model and know that they too can accomplish anything.

Vimal Patel

2017 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Vimal Patel lives in Henderson, Nevada, and attends Nevada State College's School of Nursing pursuing his BSN degree. He is employed as a Mental Health Technician at Desert Parkway Healthcare Hospital. His anticipated graduation date is August, 2019. After graduating, Vimal intends to pursue his interest in critical care and work in an Intensive Care Unit. Ultimately he would like to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and become certified as a flight nurse. His long-term vision includes traveling throughout the United States and overseas providing care to those in need, especially in third world countries.

Amber Federizo, RN-BC, MSNEd, APRN, FNP-BC

2017 NAPNA Scholarship Recipient
Amber Federizo lives in Las Vegas, although she says she travels to care for patients so frequently in northern Nevada that she prefers to just say she lives in Nevada. She currently works in Hemophilia as a family nurse practitioner. She is attending the University of Nevada, Reno for the fourth time, this time pursuing a DNP degree. Amber anticipates graduating in May, 2019, and hopes to someday teach with the knowledge obtained from her DNP.

Kristi Enos, RN, ASN

2017 Jessie J. Valentine Scholarship Recipient
Kristi currently resides in Silver Springs, Nevada, and works as a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric unit at Carson Tahoe Hospital. She graduated with her ASN in 2016 after serving two years as her school's National Student Nurses Association secretary. Kristi is currently attending Grand Canyon University, where she is a straight A student and will be graduating with her BSN in December, 2017. Her reasons for pursuing this degree include becoming a more educated and well-rounded nurse, as well as bragging rights as the only one in her family to ever attended college. She is looking forward to future opportunities that might come her way.

Mary Jessica Jauregui, MS, BS

2017 Chris Watson Scholarship Recipient
Mary Jessica, who prefers to go by Jessica, is from Las Vegas, NV, and is currently pursuing a BSN degree at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) with an expected graduation date of December 2018. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences. She works part-time as an ER scribe at Mountain View Hospital and enjoys the vast ER exposure she's experiencing right now. After graduation, Jessica plans to work in the ER or ICU, then pursue a BSN-DNP in the future to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. She was a volunteer for Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN), a clinic for the uninsured, where she saw the need for medical attention for the underserved population, increasing her desire to give back to her community as a medical provider.

Evelin Hernandez Zepeda, RN

2017 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Evelin was born and raised in Mexico and moved to Reno, Nevada, in 2010. She recently graduated from TMCC's nursing program and is working as a Registered Nurse at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. She is currently enrolled in the RN-BSN program at the University of Nevada, Reno, and plans to graduate in May, 2018. After graduation, Evelin plans to continue her education and her work as an RN. Her goal is to become a leader who develops resources and pipeline programs for ESL and low-income aspiring nurses.

Kristina Spitale-Efstratis, BSN, RN

2017 NNA District 1 Scholarship Recipient
Kristina is a native Nevadan living in Reno. She currently works as a critical care nurse in the Roseview Intensive care at Renown Regional Medical Center and as a pre-op/PACU nurse at the Reno Orthopaedic Surgery Center. She is working towards her Masters in Nursing from Chamberlain University in the Family Nurse Practitioner track, with expected graduation in February, 2018. Kristina is passionate about ensuring access to care for all Nevadans, and she has a particular interest in serving rural communities.

Cassius Rowland, CNA

2017 NNF Scholarship Recipient

Jo Ann DelaLlana, LPN

2017 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Jo Ann has been practicing as an LPN/LVN since she graduated in 1997 in North Hollywood, California. Her experiences include Rehab CNA in Los Angeles from 1994-1996, Home Health LVN in Los Angeles from 1997-2000, and School Nurse in Las Vegas from 2012-2015. However, the position she is most proud of is working as an LPN at Sunrise Children's Hospital Las Vegas on the General Pediatric Unit from 2000-2016. She has had the honor and privilege to work alongside and learn from amazing nurses, managers, and physicians who have inspired her to pursue the LPN to RN Bridge Program. She expects to graduate with her Associates Degree in December, 2018, and she plans to quickly continue by pursuing her BSN online. Jo Ann would like to thank everyone who has supported her throughout her long journey and the Nevada Nurse's Foundation for its generous scholarship. Her reasons for pursuing higher education include inspiring her children to be life-long-educated learners and to serve mankind with sincerity and generosity.

Christy Apple-Johnson, RN

2017 NNF Scholarship Recipient

Lowen Patigayon

2017 Arthur L. Davis Publishing Scholarship Recipient
Originally from the islands of Hawaii, Lowen lives in Las Vegas where he is pursuing a BSN, a BA in Psychology, and a minor in Deaf Studies at Nevada State College. Prior to becoming a student nurse, Lowen interned at Mojave Mental Health Adult Daycare Clinic. As a Deaf Studies minor learning about deaf culture through deaf socials as well as learning how to sign in ASL, Lowen has come to experience a community grateful for connection and communication because these aren't common experiences for these individuals in the hearing world. His experiences fuel his nursing practice and bedside manners, always working hard to connect, communicate, and understand his patients. He is also the President of the Student Nurses Association at Nevada State College. During his term, SNA has launched its first mentorship program, participated in countless community service events, and is holding an annual mixer with healthcare professionals, new grads, and current nursing students. His hope is that SNA positively impacts the Las Vegas community for years to come.

2017 SPRING SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS


Taylor Hagar

2017 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Taylor Hagar is a Nevada resident currently employed at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. He has been working as a CNA for the past 3 years while attending the Orvis school of Nursing - University of Nevada Reno, with an anticipated graduation date of December, 2017. He intends to apply to the ICU upon graduation, spend 2-3 years developing his skills as a RN, and then apply to graduate school. In the long term, he plans to pursue his dream of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Although Taylor is unsure what specialty he will pursue, he states, "I feel that over the next few years I have enough time to dedicate myself both to a field of interest and compassion for people. I look forward to the challenges ahead."

Destane Smith, LPN

2017 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Destane is a Nevada resident currently employed at the Lake Mead Health and Rehabilitation Center in Henderson, Nevada, as a wound care nurse. She is attending Arizona College in Las Vegas, with an anticipated graduation date of December, 2018, with a BSN degree. She is also pursuing her RN license. She is an active volunteer first aid responder at youth track and field events, caring for both young competitors and occasionally their parents. Her long-term plans include becoming a community health nurse.

Jennifer McCarthy, BSN, RN

2017 Kat Cylke Scholarship Recipient
Jennifer McCarthy is a resident of Las Vegas where she works as a psychiatric nurse at Montevista Behavioral Health Hospital. She is enrolled in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) DNP program at the University of Nevada, Reno, with an anticipated graduation date of May, 2019. Jennifer is a member of the APNA, ANA, and NNF, and she volunteers as a Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line. As a graduate student and future DNP, she hopes to expand appreciation of psychiatric nursing and increase the number of new nurse graduates who choose to pursue careers in the mental health field.

Shonda Williams, RN

2017 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Shonda is a 27-year resident of Nevada. She has worked for Summit Surgery Center at Saint Mary’s Galena for the past 5 years and is currently the PreOp/PACU Supervisor. She graduated with her Associates Degree in Nursing from TMCC 20 years ago and is now pursuing her BSN degree at the University of Nevada, Reno. She plans to graduate in December of 2017. With her BSN Shonda plans to remain a nursing supervisor and continue to gain experience in this arena, eventually moving onto other administrative opportunities and possibly pursuing a Masters in Nursing Administration.

Valerie Jakubos, RN

2017 Tiffany Urresti Memorial Flight Nurse Scholarship Recipient
Valerie currently works in the adult intensive care unit at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, NV. She is attending University of Nevada, Reno, and will graduate with her BSN in December, 2017. She has worked as a flight nurse with a fixed wing company per diem and is working towards her CCRN. Valerie is a mentor for new graduate nurses, and she serves on two committees (donor committee and the quality committee), to help bring change and awareness to all employees to improve patient experience and overall care. She is a member of the ANA and AACN. She also volunteers for career days at local schools to educate students about nursing and what educational requirements are involved.

Brandee Shipman, RN, BS, ASN

2017 Debra Scott Scholarship Recipient
Brandee Shipman lives in Reno and works at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. She received a $500 scholarship toward the RN to BSN program at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she intends to graduate in December, 2017. She plans to continue to advance her nursing degree by becoming a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Psychiatric/Mental Health, Family NP, and/or Acute NP. Brandee enjoys and hopes to contribute to the scholarship of neuroscience. As she pursues her education, her goal is to become an expert clinican and advocate for persons affected by mental health concerns, emphasizing the importance of mental health in caring for the whole person.

Amy Woods, RN, BSN

with donor Betty Razor, left

2017 Betty Razor Wound Ostomy Care Scholarship Recipient
Amy is a native Nevadan and graduated from TMCC in 2012 and from UNR in 2013. She will be graduating from the Wound Care Education Institute in June, 2017, with a WOCN certification. She aspires to improve wound care treatment outcomes within the home environment by educating patients and families, collaborating with physicians, and understanding best treatment options for each patient. Amy is a member of the NNA and the Northern Nevada/Tahoe WOCN Support Group.

Amie Ruckman, MSN, RN, CLNC, Paralegal

2017 Elizabeth and John Fildes Scholarship Fund Recipient
Amie was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. Her mother's and father's families have resided in Reno for four generations. Amie is married to Jason Ruckman and is the proud mother of their son Royce. She has 22 years of nursing experience, including medical-surgical, orthopedic, antepartum, labor and delivery, obstetric operating room, postpartum, and newborn nursing, and she is the unit supervisor of the float pool. She is currently the Policy Coordinator, chairperson of the Policy Committee, and a co-chairperson of the Staffing Committee and subcommittee on Acuities at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. She serves as the secretary of the Nevada Nurses Association Legislative Committee, and she is an active member of the Nevada Safe Staffing Task Force. Amie enjoys traveling, cooking, scuba diving, reading, and scrapbooking.

Rochelle Walsh, MSN, RN, PCCN

2017 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Rochelle is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at UNR in 1984. She worked at the former Washoe Medical Center and Renown Regional Medical Center as a staff nurse, supervisor, and nurse educator over 31 years. Professor Walsh obtained her Master's in Nursing Education from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009. She has just finished her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Touro University of Nevada, with a graduate date of November 5th, 2017. She is known for engaging students and using interactive methods to stimulate students in learning. Before becoming an educator for pre-licensure nurses, Professor Walsh taught nurses in the hospital. A clinical nursing educator, instructing nurses is her passion. When not doing nursing-related activities, she can be found working in her craft room, stamping, sewing and doing counted-cross-stitch or out raking leaves.

Jezamay Arevalo, CNA

2017 NNF Scholarship Recipient

Adaugo Guinness

2017 Mary Lucell Johnson Scholarship Recipient

2016 FALL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS


Cassidy Jost, RN, ASN

2016 Jessie J. Valentine Scholarship Recipient
Cassidy Jost is a native Nevadan who lives in Carson City and has an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Western Nevada College. Cassidy is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Nevada State College, and is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2018. She will ultimately pursue her Masters Degree in Nursing, with the hopes of becoming a Nursing Administrator, as well as a Nursing Professor. She enjoys mentoring and teaching new graduate nurses on her units. Cassidy currently works as a Nursing Supervisor at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center for the Surgical/Orthopedic unit.

Kristina Spitale Estratis, BSN, RN

2016 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Kristina lives in Washoe County and has a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Nursing. She received the NNF MSN $1,000 scholarship to help pay for her education as she pursues a MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner through Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is slated to graduate in February, 2018. Kristina holds many memberships in professional organizations, including NAPNA, NNA, and ANA. She works at Renown Regional Medical Center in the ICU department.

Rhone D'Errico, MSN, APRN, BSN

2016 Debra Scott Scholarship Recipient
Rosemary Witt Scholarship by NNA District 3 Recipient
Rhone is a family nurse practitioner and holds a position as Advanced Practice Clincian (APC) Associate manager at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. He obtained his BSN and MSN from UNLV. He is currently completing a post-master's certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) through the University of Arizona, and he has just begun his Doctor of Nursing Practice program at UNR, which he expects to complete in Spring of 2018. He is the recipient of the $1,000 Debra Scott Scholarship and one of the $500 Rosemary Witt Scholarships.

Jennifer McCarthy, BSN, RN

2016 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Rosemary Witt Scholarship by NNA District 3 Recipient
Arthur L. Davis Publishing Scholarship Recipient
Jennifer McCarthy is enrolled in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) DNP program at the University of Nevada, Reno with an anticipated graduation date of May 2019. She received two scholarships totaling $1,500. She plans to provide mental health services to populations in disadvantaged and underserved/remote areas. She is presently employed as a psychiatric nurse at MonteVista Behavioral Health Hospital in Las Vegas.

Allyson Waldron, RN

2016 Rural & Frontier Nurse Scholarship Recipient
Allyson is attending the BSN program at Great Basin College and looks forward to graduating in May 2017. She was awarded $1,000 from the Rural & Frontier Nurse Scholarship, which was funded by a number of donors. She works in Elko for Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, Lincare, and the Elko County School District. Allyson is a member of the NNA and the ANA and enjoys serving various nonprofit organizations within her community.

Michele Wood, LPN

2016 Southwest Medical On-Demand Scholarship Recipient
Michele Wood is the recipient of the $500 Southwest On-Demand Scholarship sponsored by Dr. Somphone. She has been a LPN at Southwest Medical Associates for eleven years and is enrolled in the RN program at the College of Southern Nevada. She is a single mother of three boys, works and attends school full-time, and anticipates graduating in 2018. She believes as an RN she will be able to expand her skills and responsibility as a nurse and help those challenged with access to healthcare.

Kerriann Lahey, LPN

2016 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Kerriann Lahey resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she is a full-time LPN in the Urgent Care with SouthWest Medical Associates. She received a $1,000 scholarship toward the LPN to RN nursing program at the College of Southern Nevada, with an expected December, 2017, graduation. She plans to pursue her BSN while working in a Urgent Care/free-standing ER setting. She entered the medical field in 2003 as a phlebotomist, and as her passion for patient care grew. She asserts after acheiving her LPN, "My desire to be a patient advocate increased and my calling for nursing became evident."

Rachel Moore, CNA

2016 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Rachel is a CNA working for Perspective Home Health, Inc. She is enrolled at Great Basin College in Pahrump, Nevada, and will be graduating in May, 2017. She is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship toward her full-time schooling there. Upon graduation, she is planning to work as a RN in home health and pursue her BSN. She enjoys working and living in a small community.

Rachel Sherman

2016 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Rachel Sherman, recipient of the NNF Pre-licensure Nursing Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, is a native Nevadan and graduated from Galena High School in 2010. She will be graduating from UNR Orvis School of Nursing in December, 2016, with a BSN. She aspires to be a nurse on a pediatric oncology unit and pursue an advanced degree to teach at the university level.

Erik Nunez

2016 Elizabeth Fildes Scholarship Recipient
Erik Nunez, a Las Vegas resident, attends the Nevada State College with expected graduation in spring of 2017 with a BSN. Erik is the recipient of the Elizabeth Fildes Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. He works at Sunrise Children’s Hospital as a Nurse Apprentice in Pediatrics, Pediatric Oncology, and PICU. He hopes to become a nurse leader, continue actively participating in professional nursing organizations, and invest back in the community.

Tanya Liscio, MSN, BSN, RN, ADN

2016 Maude Arnold & Ethel Ann Lewis Scholarship Recipient
Tanya Liscio lives in Minden, Nevada, and works as a RN at the Washoe Tribal Health Center in Garderville, Nevada. She is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship donated by Martha Drohobyczer. She attends the University of Nevada, Reno in the Family Nurse Practitioner program and is seeking a dual degree of Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Upon completion of her FNP in May, 2017, she plans to stay in rural Nevada and work toward providing access to care for rural communities and promoting the nursing profession through leadership, advocacy and education.

Tamara Mette, MSN, BSN, RN

2016 NANE Scholarship Recipient
Tamara Mette is the recipient of the $1,000 Nevada Alliance for Nursing Excellence (NANE) Scholarship. She resides in Elko, Nevada, where she is a Great Basin College Nursing Professor. Tamara is scheduled to graduate from Touro University Nevada as a Doctor of Nursing Practice scholar in the spring of 2017. She is motivated to educate others, nurses as well as other health care professionals, as to the value and role of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice graduate. She writes, "I have experienced confusion and uncertainty as to the place and abilities of a DNP nurse, and I hope to bring recognition to the abilities of DNP nurses in all scopes of practice."

Areli Galvan

2016 Emma Marrujo Redmon Scholarship Recipient
Areli Galvan, a resident of Winnemucca, Nevada, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Dr. Sandy Olguin. Areli works at at Humboldt General as a Nurse Apprentice and attends the Great Basin College with a May, 2017, graduation date. She plans to continue her education and eventually become a Nurse Practitioner. As she continues her nursing journey, she hopes to inspire others to pursue a rewarding career in nursing.

Sarah Shaw, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, BSN

2016 NAPNA Scholarship Recipient
Sarah is the recipient of the $1,000 Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association (NAPNA) scholarship. As a Las Vegas, Nevada, resident, she works for the Nevada Critical Care Consultants and pursuing a Post-Master's DNP at the University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing with an anticipated graduation in the spring of 2018. Sarah's areas of interest are preventive care, increased access to care, and patient education. She hopes to accomplish increased access to healthcare and improved health outcomes for Nevada communities.

Jennifer Stevens, RN, BA

2016 Jami-Sue Coleman Scholarship Recipient
Jen Stevens works at Renown Regional Medical Center as the Clinical Nurse Educator for the Institute for Cancer. She received a $1,000 scholarship as she pursues her MSN in the Nursing Educator track at the University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing. She believes research and education are the most effective means for her to give back to the nursing profession. Jen enjoys investing in others and helping them grow to achieve their goals and aspirations. After graduating, she intends to obtain a Ph.D. in Nursing and continue to teach.

Melissa Washabaugh, RN

2016 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Melissa is the recipient of $1,000 towards her BSN. She is a student at the Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada. She works as a nurse in the Emergency Department and is developing a grant program aimed at improving behavioral health services in rural Nevada.

Erika Ceballos, LPN

2016 Southwest Medical On-Demand Scholarship Recipient
Erika Ceballos is the recipient of the NNF Southwest Medical On-Demand Scholarship for $500.00 sponsored by Dr. Eugene Somphone. When she is not working as a LPN at Southwest Medical, she attends classes at the College of Southern Nevada to graduate and become a RN in 2019. One of her goals as a RN is to become a pillar in her community and help the underserved population.

David Alvarez

2016 Katherine "Kat" Cylke Scholarship Recipient
David Alvarez received $1,000 towards his schooling expenses. He has served families through The Department of Family Services for over 8 years and will be graduating from the College of Southern Nevada with an ADN in May of 2017. His dream is to become a Nurse Practitioner and continue to make a positive impact on his community. He states, "But until then, I will continue to keep my head in the books and my heart set on the future."

Tania Anderson, RN, LPN, AA

2016 Praus & Choe Scholarship Recipient
Tania Anderson lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, and works at Southwest Medical Urgent Care, United Health Care/Optum. Tania received one of two $500 Praus & Choe Scholarships. She attends the College of Southern Nevada to complete her prerequisites, and then she will begin the BSN program at the Nevada State College in spring of 2017. Her BSN will provide her the opportunity to pursue specialization, management, and potential for increased compensation.

Brandee Shipman, RN, BS, ASN

2016 Christine Watson Scholarship Recipient
Brandee Shipman lives in Reno and works at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. She received a $500 scholarship toward the RN to BSN program at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she intends to graduate in December, 2017. She plans to continue to advance her nursing degree by becoming a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Psychiatric/Mental Health, Family NP, and/or Acute NP. Brandee enjoys and hopes to contribute to the scholarship of neuroscience. As she pursues her education, her goal is to become an expert clinican and advocate for persons affected by mental health concerns, emphasizing the importance of mental health in caring for the whole person.

Cynthia "Cindy" Bonca, BS, AS, AA

2016 Hurst Review Scholarship Recipient
Cindy received a $1,000 scholarship toward her BSN degree at the University of Nevada, Reno. She works at the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Health System Specialist/Lead Medical Staff Coordinator. She is interested in critical care and emergency nursing, and she plans to continue her employment and passion for providing world class care to our veterans. Cindy's long-term plans include returning to school to pursue an APN or doctorate degree.

Sheryl Giordano, APRN-C

2016 Praus & Choe APRN Scholarship Recipient
Sheryl works at Johns Hopkins Medicine as a Program Coordinator/Nurse Practitioner. She attends the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Nursing and received $1,000 as a Doctor of Nursing Practice student. Upon completion of her degree, she hopes her education and knowledge will help others in their successes and to further her role in the community by serving her patient population and advocating for her colleagues in the political arena. Sheryl believes "nurse practitioners are a vital resource to the health of our nation" and a resource that is "under-utilized".

2016 SPRING SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS


Katie Bruels, MSN, RN

2016 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Katie received $1,000 as she pursues her DNP at Graceland University. She is Chief Nursing Officer at Mountain View Hospital. She is actively involved in professional nursing organizations, including NANE, NNA, ANA, and NONL. Her graduate studies involve evaluating preceptor frame- works to enhance graduate nurses experiences in their first year of nursing.

Hannah Kapczynski, SN

2016 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Hannah is a Nevada Air National Guard commissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) of Aerospace Medicine and a flight medic. She attends Orvis School of Nursing at University of Nevada, Reno. She received $1,000 as she pursues a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing.

Patricia LoGuidiu, BSN, RN

2016 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Patricia received $1,000 towards her Master's Degree in Nursing. She lives in Las Vegas and attends Western Governors University. She is a Nurse Clinical Educator at United Healthcare. As a leader in healthcare, she has directed the drive-through clinic in her community and utilized a team model approach in clinics to help with patient access and improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.

Melissa Washabaugh, RN

2016 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Melissa is the recipient of $1,000 towards her BSN. She is a student at the Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada. She works as a nurse in the Emergency Department and is developing a grant program aimed at improving behavioral health services in rural Nevada.

2015 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Antoinette "Annie" Carlos, SN

2015 NNF Vroman & Wildes Scholarship Recipient
Antoinette received $1,000 toward her BSN. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in December, 2015.

Delene Volkert, MSN, RN

2015 NNA Scholarship Recipient
Delene received the Nevada Nurses Association named scholarship in the amount of $1,046. She teaches nurses at Great Basin College as she pursues her PHD at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Amalia "Amy" Edelman

2015 Arthur L. Davis Scholarship Recipient
Amy is the winner of the Arthur L. Davis $1,000 scholarship. Her exemplary article "Que Mas" is highlighted in the Spring 2016 edition of the RNFormation newsletter. She attends Roseman College in Henderson, Nevada, as she pursues her BSN.

Doreen Begley, RN

2015 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Doreen was awarded $1,000 from the Foundation to offset the cost of attending St. Francis University, where she is pursuing her BSN.

Linda Cirillo, SN

2015 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Linda received a $1,000 scholarship to help offset the cost of pursuing her BSN at the Nevada State College.

Michael York, SN

2015 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Michael received $500 in July, 2015, while attending Carrington College in Reno, Nevada. Michael graduated from Carrington and is now pursing his RN to BSN.

Richard Young, SN

2015 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Richard received $500 in July, 2015, and attends the University of Nevada, Las Vegas pursuing his BSN.

Heidi Johnston, MSN, RN

2015 NNF Scholarship Recipient
In July, 2015, Heidi received a $2,500 Nevada Nurses Foundation scholarship to offset the costs of her education. She is enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Boise State University. Heidi is a Nevada Nurses Association Director-At-Large and the chair of the Rural Nurse Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Environmental Health Committee and serves as an Advisor at Great Basin College (GBC).

Maria Poggio, RN

2015 NNF Scholarship Recipient
Maria, currently enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Nursing. She was awarded a NNF Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. Ms. Poggio serves her community by being a volunteer RN with Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada. She is the UNLV School of Nursing Alumni Chapter Vice President where she raises funds and promotes the University.

Robin Hollen, RN

2015 NNF Vroman & Wildes Scholarship Recipient
Robin is enrolled in a RN to BSN program at the Aspen University in Denver, Colorado. She received $1,000 towards her expenses there.