Applications are now being accepted for Samaritan Medical Center’s 2nd Annual Susan Peters Nursing Scholarship.
The Susan Peters Nursing Scholarship was established in 2018 to assist with education costs for a registered nurse (RN) who is continuing his or her education, specifically to pursue a nurse practitioner degree. Two scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded each year.
Mrs. Peters graduated from the former House of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing and retired from Samaritan Medical Center as a certified oncology nurse. Prior to that, she had served as a staff RN and as a nurse manager of medical/surgical, orthopedic and ALC Units for more than 20 years.
Mrs. Peters said she decided to set up this particular scholarship because she saw an increased need for nurse practitioners due to a nationwide shortage of physicians. Nurse practitioners are able to provide many of the same services as physicians, including developing treatment plans for their patients, ordering tests, performing minor procedures and prescribing medication.
The application period for this scholarship opened May 28, 2019 and will conclude July 19, 2019. A scholarship award announcement will take place in August 2019. To be eligible, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Be a registered nurse (RN) with at least two years of working experience. RNs currently working for Samaritan Medical Center preferred, but not mandatory. Medical/Surgical experience preferred but not necessary.
- Be a resident of either Jefferson or Lewis County, New York.
- Have successfully completed at least one semester in a nurse practitioner program with a B average or higher.
As part of the application, RNs must describe why they are pursuing their nurse practitioner degree and where, as well as whether or not they have a financial need. Two letters of recommendation and a transcript must be submitted with the application.
For more information, or to obtain a scholarship application, please contact the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation at 315-785-5745 or visit samaritanhealth.com/scholarships. Completed forms can be emailed or mailed to the Foundation at [email protected] or 830 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601.