AUSTIN, Texas – (Sept. 13, 2012) – Ascension Seton announced today the selection of 20 Ascension Seton nurses to receive $3,000 scholarships from the Ascension Seton Foundations.
More than 145 Ascension Seton employees applied for scholarships. Recipients were selected by a committee of physicians, nurses and Ascension Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment donors.
Established in 2005, the Ascension Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment provides Ascension Seton employees with support for advancing their nursing education. Like many leading U.S. hospitals, Ascension 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 Ascension Seton must hold Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.
“Ascension 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 Ascension Seton.
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.”
Ascension Seton is the only hospital network in Central Texas with Magnet-designated hospitals (Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, Ascension 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. Ascension 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 Ascension Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment, including more than $500,000 in contributions from Ascension Seton employees. Through this generosity and matching funds provided by the Ascension Seton, 145 scholarships worth $305,000 have been awarded to Ascension Seton nursing students during the past seven years.
With spiraling tuition costs, scholarships like these fill an important gap for hard-working families. Ascension Seton, which invests significantly in clinical education and research, sees the Ascension 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 Ascension Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment, please visit www.setonfund.org/give.
2012 Scholarship Recipients
- Criselda Bolden, Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge
- Lorena Buehler, Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin
- Susan Cepeda, Ascension Seton Northwest Hospital
- Lorraine Chandler, Ascension Seton Southwest Hospital
- Peggy Denham, Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson
- Abigail Fuller, Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays
- Shellie Garman, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
- Jorge Garza, Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin
- Marcus Gasaway, Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin
- Allyson Langshaw, University Medical Center Brackenridge
- Inglan Medina, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
- Cathleen Monforte, Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin
- Keili Newcomer, Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays
- Wayne “Sonny” Plummer, University Medical Center Brackenridge
- Samantha Rangel, Shivers Cancer Center
- Julian Rodriguez, Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin
- Emily Stellitano, Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin
- Molly Villegas, University Medical Center Brackenridge Specialty Clinics
- Holly Werstein, Ascension Seton Shoal Creek Hospital
- James “Jimmy” Young, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
(The 2012 Ascension Seton Nurse Scholarship recipients pose with Ascension 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, Ascension 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.)