The Transformation Scholarship Program was established in the Fall of 2004 to provide financial support for Stanford Health Care (SHC) employees to develop skills in critical career areas. A yearly stipend of up to $5,000 can be utilized for tuition, fees and books on a reimbursement basis. The Transformation Scholarship Program is in addition to any other Education Assistance benefit that the employee is entitled to. Award recipients are eligible to receive up to $15,000 over the course of three years.
Awardees of the Transformation Scholarship Program have gone on to earn graduate degrees, certificates in specific areas of study, grow their careers and have a positive impact on the practice of nursing at SHC.
"The Transformation Scholarship provided me the opportunity to truly transform my life. After working in the trauma ICU for many years, I was able to go back to school and complete an MSN degree. During my MSN Clinical experiences I found I really enjoyed working with the Nursing Quality Department and I have recently accepted a permanent position as a Nursing Quality Manager. The scholarship provided the support from Nursing Administration to help me achieve my lifelong goals of higher education. With the full support and encouragement of my nursing leaders I am continuing on for a Doctorate of Nursing Practice next week…it just keeps getting better!"
-Anita Girard, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNL
"It has been a dream of mine to further my nursing education and be the first one in my family to be able to obtain a master's degree. Learning that Stanford Hospital was offering a Transformation Scholarship to further my education gave me the extra incentive and drive to pursue my dream. Although committing to further my education has been demanding, I have learned so much through my courses and feel empowered to use the knowledge that I have gained towards impacting my nursing practice."
-Jean-Yee Yu, BSN, RN, PHN
"As the Clinical Educator for Unit C1, the Ambulatory Treatment Infusion Center, and the PICC program it was both a personal and professional goal to obtain my BSN. I graduated from the University of Phoenix online program with honors in November 2012 and the Transformation Scholarship was instrumental to this accomplishment paying for the majority of the program. Each BSN course and the Clinical Educator role had a symbiotic relationship. Knowledge taken from my courses was directly applied to my practice and my educational topics for dissemination to staff and patients. Conversely, unit specific and patient population specific topics were taken back to classes for further discussion and application of applied learning concepts and theories. A win/win situation!"
-Emily Hamvay Robins, RN
"The cost of going back to school was a major determinant in the decision for me. With the beneficial opportunity of the Transformation Scholarship, there were no more excuses. It was still daunting but has already paid off in so many ways.
My horizons have been greatly broadened from my experience in Shared Governance and working with Nursing Quality during an unfortunate stint of light duty. My classes have helped deepen these experiences for me and given me a different perspective. I have been able to make greater contributions. We all know continuing our education will change our practice at the bedside but it also does so much more.
While it is challenging, it is also invigorating. I have regained the enthusiasm I had as a new graduate nurse 15 years ago."
-Denise Bramlitt, RN