Three outstanding Tampa nursing center employees were recently awarded scholarships by the Florida Health Care Education and Development Foundation. Lisa Garrett, Efram Shipman, and Mari-Kelly Terrell, all employees of Fletcher Health and Rehabilitation Center, a Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) member center, will use their scholarship awards to further their education and better serve within their fields.
Lisa Garrett, social services director for Fletcher, earned FHCA’s Career Climb Scholarship. Lisa has been a social worker for seven years and is certified as a clinical medical assistant. Lisa plans to further her education and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Florida. Lisa’s goal is to enhance the contributions she makes to her patients’ experiences by completing medical school and ultimately working as a physician.
Scott Allen, Executive Director of Fletcher, said of Lisa, “In the past year and a half, I have found her to be a professional and compassionate employee. She exemplified what it means to be a social worker…Her work with our residents is outstanding, and she always has wonderful reviews from families.”
Also earning a Career Climb Scholarship was Efram “EJ” Shipman. EJ is a maintenance assistant at Fletcher who is said to exceed expectations in the workplace. He plans to further his skills at Independence University by studying to become both a respiratory and physical therapist. His goal is to engage with patients as well as design and implement individualized treatment plans that will lead to improved quality care. Furthermore, he aims to provide emergency care to patients in the near future.
Fletcher’s Director of Rehabilitation, Jennifer Thompson said, “EJ is a pleasure to work with. He is professional and reliable. You can always count on EJ to go above and beyond what is expected.”
Mari-Kelly Terell, LPN, is a recipient of FHCA’s Bruce Taylor Scholarship. Mari-Kelly currently works as a Wound Care/Restorative Nurse at Fletcher Health and Rehabilitation. She is dedicated to care, as she has worked in the medical field for 33 years. Furthermore, she has been proactive taking part in Wound Care Certification, MDS Certification, Legal Documentation, FHCA’s Train-the-Trainer, among other programs. Mari-Kelly is attending Excelsior College to earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing in November of this year.
Mari-Kelly said, “I want to be a nurse because I enjoy being around people in their times of need and I get internal satisfaction by serving those that need help.”
Both the Career Climb Scholarship and Bruce Taylor Scholarships are awarded through the Florida Health Care Education and Development Foundation, FHCA’s 501 (c) (3) organization that promotes scholarship opportunities for nurses and caregivers working in member centers. The Career Climb Scholarship was established through an initial grant from the Life Care Centers of America with ongoing support from the annual FHCA Scholarship Golf Tournament. It promotes advancement in non-nursing long term care careers for selected member nursing home and assisted living facility employees.
The Bruce Taylor Scholarship program assists the brightest among our members’ nursing staff to achieve a higher level of education in a field related to long term care nursing. This scholarship was named after Bruce Taylor, FHCA President from 1980-82, who was instrumental in moving the association to Tallahassee and was instrumental in the establishment of the Gainesville Plan, Florida’s first-ever Medicaid reimbursement plan for nursing centers. A generous contribution from Ross Laboratories established the fund, with a significant donation made by the family of the late Bruce Taylor to perpetuate the scholarship.
The next deadline to apply for the Bruce Taylor and Career Climb Scholarships is August 30, 2019. Click here to learn more about educational scholarship opportunities.