& Queen Anne's Hospital
Become Registered Nurses
Sometimes an experience
in life will crystallize the direction that life will take. For Rebecca
Minnick, of Sudlersville, it was the hospitalization of her 5-week-old
daughter two years ago that set her firmly on track to become a registered
nurse. For Galena resident Amanda Smith, it was the clinical part
of her Health Services class at Kent County High School that clarified
her goal to become a registered nurse.
Today, both women are students at Chesapeake College with the goal
of earning an associate's degree in nursing. They are also the first
recipients of the Katherine "Kitty" Anthony Clements Scholarship
that is intended to assist individuals seeking to become health care
professionals in a field necessary to meet the workforce needs of
the Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital. The scholarship was created
by the hospital's auxiliary in memory of Clements, a longtime member.
To launch the program, the Auxiliary pledged $50,000 from its 2001
Christmas Shop fund raiser and the hospital contributed $10,000. In
addition to these funds, the Maryland Health Services Cost Review
Commission (HSCRC) which regulates hospital charges in Maryland, is
sponsoring a program that makes funds available to hospitals to respond
to nursing shortage issues. Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital submitted
a proposal to offer loans to nursing students though the Clements
Scholarship program and will receive approximately $28,000 each year
for five years.
Scholarships will be offered annually as long as funds are available;
applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Applicants should
be planning to pursue careers in areas such as nursing, surgical technology,
radiology or medical laboratory work. The program will fund a student's
education in exchange for working a pre-determined length of service
at the hospital while maintaining a grade point average of 2.5. A
recipient may receive up to $5,000 over two years; funds may be used
to pay for tuition, fees and books. Students applying for the program
should be Delmarva residents.
Detailed information and
applications are available from the human resources department of
Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital located at 100 Brown Street, Chestertown,
or by calling Leslie Stack at (410) 778-3000, extension 4006.