This year's recipients of the Kaiser Permanente Deloras Jones RN Scholarship Awards were honored at receptions in both Northern and Southern California.
The Deloras Jones Scholarship Awards are given annually to nursing students in California who are enrolled in approved nursing degree programs and who meet the requirements from the application process. The scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 - $2,500. Categories include Academic Excellence for students with a minimum 3.9 GPA; Graduate/Doctoral Studies for RNs pursuing a MSN, DNSc or PhD with a minimum GPA of 3.0; Underrepresented Groups in Nursing include minority and male students; Nursing as a Second Career; and Affiliate, that is awarded at each campus affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
In 2001 Kaiser Permanente created a special category called Excellence in Bachelor's Degree Nursing specifically for Kaiser Permanente employees in honor of Deloras Jones, RN, MS, for her 34 years of leadership and dedication to education and nursing practice at Kaiser Permanente. These scholarships are intended to recognize and reward Kaiser Permanente employees who are pursuing a BSN Degree and who embody Deloras' spirit and dedication in their daily lives. This year Kaiser Permanente recognized four employees: Kimberly Kotko, Stuart Hill, Eleanor Pizarro, and Karin Tabachinikov who received $5,000 each.
The keynote address at both receptions entitled, "Nursing at the Tipping Point" was delivered by Deloras Jones. Deloras emphasized that "Nursing's greatest moments are still ahead of us...and that we are approaching the tipping point..." Influencing this tipping point are three factors according to Deloras. "First, there is a growing recognition of the importance of nurses in the quality and safety of patient care; secondly, the nurse shortage is finally getting folks' attention; and third is nursing practice." Deloras expressed to the students that they are coming into nursing at a wonderful time and that the best is still ahead of them because they will be shaping nursing's greatest moments.
This year Kaiser Permanente awarded 76 Northern California recipients from 28 schools totaling $151,000. In Southern California 81 recipients from 45 schools received scholarships totaling $155.000. Scholarships are funded by the Community Benefit program.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Release Date: October 5, 2006