Sherika Godwin, a Registered Nurse, at Whispering Oaks Health and Rehabilitation in Tampa, was recently awarded a Bruce Taylor Scholarship by the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). A Wound/Treatment Nurse, Sherika is known at Whispering Oaks for continuing to push herself to further her education. Sherika plans to complete her master’s degree in Nursing with the goal of becoming an expert in wound care practices and is also striving to become Wound Care Certified.
Sherika said of her drive to learn more; “I would like to help propel my facility to be recognized as a great wound care and healing facility.”
Bob Murphy, administrator at Whispering Oaks, said of Sherika, “Her professional demeanor makes her one of the most respected nurses on staff. She is always pleasant and is admired by residents and staff.”
Bruce Taylor Scholarship is awarded through the Florida Health Care Education and Development Foundation, FHCA’s 501 (c) (3) foundation focused on promoting scholarship programs for nurses and caregivers working in member centers. The scholarship assists the best and brightest among FHCA member center nursing staff to assist them with achieving a higher level of education in a field related to long term care nursing. The scholarship was named after Bruce Taylor, FHCA President from 1980-82, who was instrumental in moving the association to Tallahassee and was a key advocate during 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 scholarship awards.
The next deadline to apply for the Bruce Taylor Scholarship is August 30, 2019. Click here to learn more about FHCA’s Foundation and scholarship programs available to member center employees.