As a part of National Nurses Week, SCCANS (the SCC Association of Nursing Students) hosted an annual event to honor nurses of the past and present, including SCC nursing students and grads. Faculty member Hermien Watkins, who has taught at SCC for 24 years, introduced guest speaker, 1986 SCC nursing graduate Rayne Engle, RN. Engle brought tears and laughs in her presentation in which she shared her personal journey to provide health care to low-income and uninsured patients via her work at 45th Street Medical Clinic in Seattle.
Nursing faculty member, Pat Olsen announced the 2010-11 scholarship recipients. Kristie Miller, who sees nursing as "a calling," received the first Tammi O'Brien Shanks Memorial Nursing Scholarship. Miller, who was a medical social worker at Children's Orthopedic Hospital, cared for her mother who died from the same disease that took Tammi O'Brien Shanks' life.
"I did not realize it at the time, but my path towards nursing began in 1996 when my mother became ill and was ultimately diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis," she said. During that time while taking her mother to doctors and specialists, Miller said she experienced the best and the worst in health care. Ultimately, it was her mother's death and other personal losses that prompted her to go into nursing. She says that although she doesn't know what area she will focus on long-term, initially she would like to work in an acute care setting providing direct patient care. She also plans on earning a master's degree in nursing, with a focus on education or management. Miller is also a proud mother of her one-year-old son.
Tammi O'Brien Shanks graduated from SCC's School of Nursing in 1996 and worked at Northwest Hospital as a surgical nurse for 12 years. In 2001 she was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The hardest thing she ever had to do was to give up her nursing career due to her disability. She was patiently awaiting a lung transplant at the time of her death. This scholarship, established in memory of Tammi by her family and friends in 2009, will assist students in the Nursing Program at SCC. Her family was at the SCC event to honor Tammi as well as Miller.
Miller will receive the $2,000 scholarship at the Spring Scholarship Celebration on May 19.
Other scholarship recipients included Holly Robinson and Jennifer Rae, who received the Elizabeth R. Thomas Alumni Nursing Scholarship; Terresa Thayer and Julie Holden, who received the Joan Heeter Memorial Nursing Scholarship; Hallie Archer and Stephanie Jeffenes, who received the Margaret Mallett Nursing Scholarship; and Holly Robinson and Darcy Bengaard, who received the Sonia O Kemp Nursing Scholarship.