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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
Friends of Nursing Grant and Scholarships
Donations to Friends of Nursing are used for projects that support the four components of Nursing Excellence as specified below:
Structural Empowerment: Nursing projects that aim to enhance patient and staff education and improve patient experience (e.g., videotapes, pamphlets, brochures, and other educational resources).
Transformational Leadership: Advancing nursing education with loans for BSN, Master’s or other nursing postgraduate studies.
New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvements: Evidence-Based Practice & Quality Improvement projects to enrich patient care.
Exemplary Professional Practice: Scholarship to attend or present in a National Professional Nursing Organization Conference.
Eligibility Criteria for Friends of Nursing Grant and Scholarships:
Stanford Health Care employee for at least two years, in good standing.
At least 0.75-time commitment
Specific Plan to bring back information to Stanford
2 Letters of Support from:
1. Patient Care Services Manager or Clinical Manager
2. a professional peer or colleague to whom the nurse
applicant directly and currently works with
The application will be submitted electronically through the intranet SHC Connect.
The application form has questionnaires and/or additional requirements specific to the applicant’s pillar of excellence focus; (See example and refer to Article IV Application Process e.g. Exemplary Professional Practice: Participation in Professional Organizations (for National Conference presentation/attendance: Written proposal on how the applicant intends to bring back the information to Stanford Health Care).
Applications are submitted electronically online.
Links to the online form can be found at the Friends of Nursing website located on Stanford Health Care Intranet SHC Connect.
The application period is open twice a year. Deadlines for applications are April 15th and November 15th.
Notifications of recipients of the scholarship and grants are on April 30th and November 30th.
The reviewers will have a representative from the SHC Center for Clinical Affairs (Nursing Excellence, Research, Education and Professional Practice/Quality) and no less than one clinical nurse employed by Stanford Health Care.
By-Lawsfor Friends of Nursing at Stanford Healthcare can be obtained from the SHC Nursing Excellence Department, or by contacting Elizabeth Borgueta MSN,RN, CCRN,SCRN,CWCN, Program Manager: Nursing Excellence and Magnet Programs, Stanford Health Care Eborgueta@stanfordhealthcare.org.