Twenty Seton Nurses Awarded Prestigious Seton Nursing Scholarship


AUSTIN, Texas – (Sept. 13, 2012) – The Seton Healthcare Family announced today the selection of 20 Seton nurses to receive $3,000 scholarships from the Seton Foundations.

More than 145 Seton employees applied for scholarships. Recipients were selected by a committee of physicians, nurses and Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment donors.

Established in 2005, the Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment provides Seton employees with support for advancing their nursing education. Like many leading U.S. hospitals, Seton is adopting recommendations in the 2010 Institute of Medicine report, “The Future of Nursing,” which encourages nurses to achieve higher levels of education and training. By 2013, for example, all nurse managers at Seton must hold Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.

“The Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment was a dream I had, to build on our tuition reimbursement program and to make it possible for many of our nurses to return to school,” said Joyce Batcheller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, senior vice president and system chief nursing officer for Seton Healthcare Family.

Batcheller strongly advocates for nurses to advance their education and earned her own Doctor in Nursing Practice degree in 2010. “The energy I see from the staff who have returned to school is amazing,” said Batcheller. “Their individual practices and ways of thinking change in so many positive ways. In the end, our patient care is enhanced and that’s what this scholarship program is really all about.”

Seton is the only hospital network in Central Texas with Magnet-designated hospitals (Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Seton Medical Center Austin, Seton Northwest Hospital and University Medical Center Brackenridge). Representing the gold standard in nursing quality, Magnet is designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center following an exhaustive review of nursing practices and site visits. In 2008, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) adopted new rules requiring that nurses in Magnet-designated hospitals achieve different levels of advanced formal education. Seton is also home to five “Pathways to Excellence” hospitals, designated by ANCC for providing positive practice environments where nurses excel.

To date, donors have contributed $5 million in cash and pledges to the Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment, including more than $500,000 in contributions from Seton employees. Through this generosity and matching funds provided by the Seton Healthcare Family, 145 scholarships worth $305,000 have been awarded to Seton nursing students during the past seven years.

With spiraling tuition costs, scholarships like these fill an important gap for hard-working families. Seton, which invests significantly in clinical education and research, sees the Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment as an important component in preparing for the future of healthcare needs of Central Texas. To make a donation to the Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment, please visit

2012 Scholarship Recipients

  1. Criselda Bolden, Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge
  2. Lorena Buehler, Seton Medical Center Austin
  3. Susan Cepeda, Seton Northwest Hospital
  4. Lorraine Chandler, Seton Southwest Hospital
  5. Peggy Denham, Seton Medical Center Williamson
  6. Abigail Fuller, Seton Medical Center Hays
  7. Shellie Garman, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
  8. Jorge Garza, Seton Medical Center Austin
  9. Marcus Gasaway, Seton Medical Center Austin
  10. Allyson Langshaw, University Medical Center Brackenridge
  11. Inglan Medina, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
  12. Cathleen Monforte, Seton Medical Center Austin
  13. Keili Newcomer, Seton Medical Center Hays
  14. Wayne “Sonny” Plummer, University Medical Center Brackenridge
  15. Samantha Rangel, Shivers Cancer Center
  16. Julian Rodriguez, Seton Medical Center Austin
  17. Emily Stellitano, Seton Medical Center Austin
  18. Molly Villegas, University Medical Center Brackenridge Specialty Clinics
  19. Holly Werstein, Seton Shoal Creek Hospital
  20. James “Jimmy” Young, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas

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(The 2012 Seton Nurse Scholarship recipients pose with Seton SVP/Chief Nursing Officer Joyce Batcheller. Pictured standing left to right are: Criselda Bolden, Peggy Denham, Abby Fuller, Molly Villegas, Keili Newcomer, Allyson Langshaw, Susan Cepeda, Wayne Plummer, Seton SVP/System Chief Nursing Officer Joyce Batcheller, Lorraine Chandler, James Young, Julian Rodriguez, Cathleen Monforte, Lorena Buehler, Jorge Garza. Seated left to right are: Shellie Garman, Marcus Gasaway, Inglan Medina, Holly Werstein, Samantha Rangel. Not pictured, Emily Stellitano.)