With our aging population increasing at a rapid pace, it will be more crucial than ever that our health care communities are comprised of individuals who deeply understand and advocate for the unique needs of these vulnerable patients. Through this scholarship, Home Instead and the NLN hope to inspire others to pursue a career benefiting older adults.
“Older adults rely the most on the U.S. health care system and their needs are often complex. Through the continued partnership of the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education with Home Instead, we have helped over a dozen nursing students fulfill their academic goals and become emerging leaders in geriatrics,” said NLN Foundation Chair Dr. Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAONL, FNAP, FAAN. “As the voice for all levels of nursing education, the NLN Foundation and the National League for Nursing are proud to help nursing programs to graduate competent nurses to serve at the front lines of public health.”
This year’s scholarship recipients include nursing students from a number of prestigious universities across the U.S., including Home Instead alumni Kristen Lopatka. Now a student at Thomas Jefferson University, Lopatka began working with older adults as a Home Instead CAREGiver in West Chester, Pennsylvania, while attending nursing school. Through this experience she was exposed to how rewarding it can be to provide care for aging adults, which led her to pursue a career in nursing and furthered her desire to help adults through the challenges that come with aging.
“At Home Instead, we are driven every day to live by our mission to enhance the lives of older adults and their families,” said Jeff Huber, CEO of Home Instead Senior Care. “Through our partnership with the NLN Foundation, we hope to foster this mission by helping to prepare a strong and diverse workforce of nurses who share the same passion for providing older adults with the best quality of care.”
The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education scholarship application period is open until June 4.