Florida Health Care Association recently awarded $8,500 in scholarships through the Florida Health Care Education and Development Foundation to caregivers working in member centers seeking to advance their long term care careers. Ten caregivers earned the Bruce Taylor Scholarship, which assists clinical staff with advancing their nursing education. FHCA’s scholarship programs are focused on supporting caregivers dedicated to their field and committed to delivering high-quality, long term care. Florida Health Care Association is pleased to announce the following latest recipients of these awards:
Wendy Smith (pictured right) , a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Consulate Health Care of Safety Harbor, is studying to become an RN at Pasco-Hernando State College. She hopes to ultimately work at a hospital in the emergent, trauma, or critical care unit.
Gloria Rothman, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center of Cape Coral, has a short-term goal of being promoted Registered Nurse (RN) and a long-term goal of being a nurse leader within her center. She has been accepted into South Technical College and is pursuing an Associate Science degree in Nursing.
Brittany Huff is an LPN and is the Unit Manager at Valencia Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lakeland. Her commitment to long term care is evident and she was named Valencia Hills’ Nurse of the Year in 2018. She is enrolled at Achieve Test Prep/Indiana State University and is working toward earning her BSN degree.
Davion Hibbert has been a nurse at Valencia Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center for over 10 years. Davion is enrolled at Jersey College Nursing School in Tampa, and his goal is to earn her Associate Degree in Nursing and become a Registered Nurse.
Lauren Montieth, an LPN at Parkside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Deland, is currently attending Daytona State College to become an RN. She hopes to obtain her BSN and Master’s degree and ultimately become a Nurse Practitioner.
Haleigh Stevens is a CNA at Parkside Health and Rehabilitation Center and is enrolled at Daytona State College with a goal is to become a Registered Nurse. Her administrator notes that she has a vision and is always trying to better herself and her work and push herself to the top.
Rebecca Giangrasso is an LPN Unit Manager at Parkside Health and Rehabilitation Center, also enrolled at Daytona State College. She’s known for having great clinical and critical thinking skills, which will serve her well when she reached her goal of becoming a Registered Nurse.
Deanna Warren is an LPN at Parkside Health and Rehabilitation Center and is enrolled at Daytona State College. She is determined to be the best nurse she can be and most importantly, be the residents’ advocate. Her goal is to become a Registered Nurse.
Nathalia Green is an LPN at Longwood Health and Rehabilitation Center. She is enrolled at Cambridge Institute of Allied Health and Technology, where she is working toward her Associate Science in Nursing degree. Nathalia hopes to learn more extensive hands-on and clinical experience to become a Registered Nurse and ultimately, a Director of Nursing.
Lisa Garrett, a Social Services Director at Fletcher Health & Rehabilitation Center in Tampa, is enrolled at the University of South Florida and is studying Biomedical Sciences. She hopes to apply for medical school and become a physician in a long-term care center.
These scholarships are awarded to FHCA member center employees through the Florida Health Care Education and Development Foundation, the 501c3 organization of the Florida Health Care Association. The next deadline to apply for both the Career Climb and the Bruce Taylor Scholarships is August 30, 2020. Click here to learn more about the Foundation and how to apply.
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