Awards recipients are determined by a panel of 5 reviewers which
consist of representation from Nurse Education and Advanced Practice.
Support for Friends of Nursing programs is provided by funds
raised through volunteer efforts and donations from grateful patients
Friends of Nursing grants have enabled SHC nurses to complete
meaningful projects that have positively impacted nursing practice and
the patient experience.
Examples of projects that Friends of Nursing grants have been used
Lynda Copeland-Fields developed the project "Cultivating
Information Literacy Among E2 Staff Members." The descendant of
that program is a free "Information Literacy Class" that
is open to all staff nurses. The class is offered several times a
year and is now sponsored by the Research Council.
Heidi Salisbury produced wallet sized laminated cards for
patients of their current abnormal baseline ECGs, which they would
have immediately available for health care workers in the event of
The Professional Organization Scholarship was formally known
as the Betty Cretekos Scholarship. Betty was a founding member
of the original Board of Directors of Friends of Nursing as well as a
staff nurse who strongly advocated for nurses at the bedside.
The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage staff nurses
to participate in their professional organizations by supporting their
ability to attend national meetings.
This scholarship provides up to $1,500 to cover air and hotel
expenses for meetings.
Up to 4 scholarships are awarded annually during Nurse Week.
Staff eligible for this award includes Assistant Patient Care
Managers, Clinic and Hospital Staff Nurses. Only meetings in the
United States or Canada are considered.
Nurses interested in applying for the Professional Organization
Scholarship may fill out an application.