The American Nurse Project

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The American Nurse Project

Providing scholarships for nursing students

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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The American Nurse Foundation (ANF), the scholarship arm of the American Nurses Association, has announced the establishment of the Fresenius Kabi American Nurse Scholarship Fund. Spearheaded by Rhonda Collins, a nurse turned businesswoman, the fund is an outgrowth of the American Nurse Project and will be used to sponsor undergraduate and master’s nursing students in partnership with state nurses’ associations and professional organizations.

Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., will be the first beneficiary of the new fund, but additional grants are anticipated later in 2013. The awards represent a multi-year commitment by Fresenius Kabi, a worldwide leader in infusion therapy, to support ANF’s scholarship and educational programs.

The scholarship fund will be further supported by proceeds from sales of the 2012 book The American Nurse: Photographs and Interviews, written by Carolyn Jones and published by Welcome Books.

“The American Nurse captures what is truly magnificent and essential about nurses,” says ANF chairperson Joyce Fitzpatrick, RN, Ph.D., MBA, FAAN. “We are honored to use proceeds from this important book to help nurses pursue further education.”

The American Nurse Project is also producing a documentary highlighting the careers and dedication of six nurses from around the United States, each with an extraordinary background. The subjects include a hospice nurse working in a state penitentiary and a nursing home administrator who established a petting zoo to entertain the grandchildren of her facility’s patients. The documentary will be released later in 2013.  

 Editor's Note: The American Nurse: Photographs and Interviews, by Carolyn Jones (Welcome Books, 2012), was our Book Club pick December 2012. Read the review here.

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