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Friends of Nursing (FON) is a philanthropic organization founded in 1981 dedicated to promoting professional excellence in nursing practices at Stanford Health Care (SHC).
In this capacity, Friends of Nursing awards up to 10 grants annually of up to $1,800 each to fund activities that will impact and benefit patient care practices at SHC.
Grant areas of study include Evidence Based Practice, Quality Improvement and Patient Education.
Friends of Nursing also oversees the distribution of the Professional Organization Scholarships (formally known as the Betty Cretekos Scholarship, which was founded in 2004).
2019 FON Recipients
Monica Nandwani, NP Center for Advanced Practice
Recommend by: Clair Kuriakose, PA-C MBA and Vicki Tippett, MPH, PA-C Conference of interest: Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health Executive and Continuing Professional Education-Leading in Health Systems: Integrating Effort, Improving Outcomes Program.
Ming-Chun Ho, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, CNL (aka Jimmy)
Unit: Positive Care Clinic Recommend by: Philip Grant, MD and Rebecca Page, RN
Pilar Velez, RN
Unit: E1 Recommended by: Trisha Jenkins, BSN, MPA, NE-BC and Morgan Oliveira CNS, RN, MS Conference of interest: Oncology Nursing Society 44th Annual Congress
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 and families.
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 for include:
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 an emergency.
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.