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MU Students Recognized at Inova Nursing Scholars Reception

Friday, November 12, 2010

At an Inova Nursing Scholars Reception on November 10, a number of Marymount University Nursing students were among the scholarship recipients being recognized and welcomed into the field by Inova Health System leaders, including CEO J. Knox Singleton, as well as representatives of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation.

Five of the Marymount Nursing scholars received $7,500 BB&T/Inova Scholarships for their last semester of the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. As part of the scholarship agreement, they will work for Inova for at least two years following graduation. In 2007, Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T), Inova Health System, and Marymount University joined forces to encourage men and women to enter the nursing field by earning a second bachelor's degree -- this time in Nursing. Each year, the interest on a $750,000 BB&T endowment is matched by philanthropic gifts raised by Inova's foundation, and the combined dollars are made available for scholarships.

The current BB&T/Inova Scholarship recipients are Kristina Allbee ’11 of Dunn Loring, VA; Jillian Devine ’10 of Chantilly, VA; Amber Edelman of Vienna, VA (originally from Baltimore, MD); Nina Herrera ’11 of Alexandria, VA; and Allison Moore of Riva, MD. Nursing is a broad field, offering many areas of specialization. Allbee, for example, is interested in working with an adult population; Devine is drawn to the neurological unit; Edelman is a big fan of medical-surgical nursing; and Moore is focusing on pediatrics.

These new nurses have gone into the field after earning degrees in other areas, drawn by their interest in health care and the desire to make a difference. As older students, many have family commitments, so returning to school can be a financial burden. The scholarships from Inova and BB&T make it possible for them to embark on their career of choice -- one that also provides an essential benefit to their communities.

Also in attendance were Marymount graduate Nursing students Tonya McClellan ’14 of Vienna, VA, and Angela Brown ’11 of Manassas, VA. McClellan has an Inova scholarship supporting her R.N. to M.S.N. program and is working in the gynecology operating room. Brown has an Inova Advanced Practice scholarship and is in Marymount’s Family Nurse Practitioner graduate certificate program. She is now working in the coronary care unit of Inova’s Heart and Vascular Institute.

Angie Brown, who was one of the speakers at the reception, has been a nurse for almost 10 years and has been with Inova for eight. A clinical specialist for several years, she missed interacting with patients. In her remarks, Brown noted that she is happy to be back in the CCU as a staff nurse. She pointed out that “education is never wasted” and thanked the scholarship donors for helping her and the other recipients “step into people’s lives and make a difference every day.” Brown concluded her remarks with the poem Being a Nurse Means by Melodie Chenevert, which ends with, “You will cry a lot. You will laugh a lot. You will know what it is to be human and to be humane.”

- left to right: Marymount Nursing students Amber Edelman and Jillian Devine; J. Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System; J. Hamilton Lambert, executive director of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation; and Guy Gravett, trustee of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation

- left to right: Dr. James E. Bundschuh, president of Marymount; Kylanne Green, executive vice president of Health Services, Inova Health System; Marymount Nursing students Angela Brown, Kristina Allbee, Amber Edelman, and Jillian Devine; Dr. Pamela Moreno, associate dean of Marymount’s School of Health Professions; and J. Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System