The National Nursing Committee has awarded 2012 Jane Delano Student Nurse Scholarships to three nursing students, all who have contributed to the American Red Cross mission as employees or volunteers. The $3,000 scholarships promote nursing as a career and encourage the involvement of nurses in the Red Cross.
Kristopher L. Thompson
Kris Thompson, a nursing student at Washtenaw Community College, has served his community through the Washtenaw-Lenawee Chapter (Ann Arbor, Mich.) since 2003. He attends nursing school, works as a paramedic and holds a part-time position as coordinator of the chapter’s First Aid Support Team (FAST) program. Under his direction, the FAST program has grown significantly in volunteers, events and revenue.
Originally joining the Red Cross as a SAF volunteer, Thompson later became a disaster volunteer and has provided support on several local and national disasters. “It is an amazing opportunity to be able to help people during what are sometimes the worst days of their lives,” he says.
A volunteer with the Mountain Valley Chapter (Provo, Utah) since 2007, Laura Tramell is an RN completing her BSN (Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing) at Brigham Young University. She has served as Chapter Health Reviewer, and now holds a national nursing leadership position as State Nurse Liaison for the State of Utah. Tramell frequently staffs community first aid stations, health fairs and disaster drills.
With a background in forensic nursing, Tramell hopes to complete her Bachelor’s degree, go on to graduate school, and teach at the college level. Tramell plans to continue as a Red Cross volunteer, and says, “Serving in the Red Cross has been a wonderful experience.”
Pedro Vargas Ortiz
Scholarship recipient Pedro Vargas Ortiz is a team supervisor in the Collections Department of the Puerto Rico Blood Region. Vargas has worked at the Red Cross since 2006, and recently won an award for his operations support. He says the Red Cross has been “…a wonderful work experience because of the commitment of the organization.”
Before coming to the Red Cross, Vargas spent a decade working in a public hospital Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and five years as a nursing instructor. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts, and is writing his dissertation in the area of domestic violence among Puerto Rican pregnant women.
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