Since 2003, LOHF awards scholarships to deserving students who are beginning their nursing education, as well as students who are looking to advance their nursing careers in an effort to improve care for everyone in Lancaster County. During that time, we have given out more than $1.2 million in scholarship money, and we are pleased to continue to support nurses in our area as they begin or continue their education. This year, we invested $61,125 in the education of 28 local nursing students and we are proud to highlight some of them in our Nurses Scholarship Recipient Series. Check back each week leading up to The Extraordinary Give to get to know some of our 2016 recipients!
Working primarily as a cardiac nurse in a hospital setting, Jaime Plank found herself in a unique situation working in inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation. This sudden change in workplace was eye-opening. Jaime was surprised by how natural the work was, while also uncovering her leadership qualities.
For Jaime, working as a nurse is not just a job, but is a passion, “My professional and personal lives have combined under an humbling calling: to bring freedom and wellness to those who are suffering from the substance use disorders, particularly those complicated by mental health issues and trauma.” Currently, Jaime leads a team of 4-6 nurses at the Lancaster County Prison. One of Jaime’s peers describes her as “a lifelong learner who uses her new knowledge for the good of society.”
As a recipient of the LOHF Nurse Scholarship, Jaime is pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Eastern Mennonite University–Lancaster Campus. With her BSN she aims to discover ways to change the public’s perception to create positive change, “I hope to be a light in the darkness for both the patients and the public because both have trouble seeing.”
LOHF is committed to improving the public health and well-being in Lancaster County. Through grants and scholarships, including our Nurses Scholarship Program, we advance mental wellness of children and youth in Lancaster County by facilitating access, education and coordination of resources. Help us make a difference during the 2016 Extraordinary Give! Stop by our Extra Give Drop-in Breakfast on November 18 at LOHF from 7:30-9:00 a.m. for a catered breakfast and make a donation to kick start The Extraordinary Give. For more information on The Extraordinary Give or to make a donation online, please visit extragive.org.