University of Saint Mary Nursing Scholarship – Sara Potts
Sara, outpatient surgery registration clerk, has received the first annual
Saint Mary Nursing Scholarship. The scholarship is being offered as a result
of a unique partnership between Saint John and Saint Mary. Saint John
is providing space, a former Surgery Suite, to be used for a Clinical
Stimulation Lab for the students in the University of Saint Mary’s
Master of Nursing program and the University is providing a full four-year
scholarship to an individual for the BSN Nursing Program. As part of the
agreement, the recipient will then agree to work at Saint John for three years.
Sara wrote in her essay nomination form: “Becoming a nurse has always
been an end goal of mine.” She continued, “I am a nurturer
by nature and strive to provide compassionate care to all I encounter.”
She added, “Working alongside my co-workers has been empowering.
They perform their duties with resilience and purpose and complete tasks
required of them with ease and grace. I see myself honing the same skills
and attributes that they possess and I am ready for the starting line
to sprint towards my dream of nursing”
“We are so pleased that Sara has been chosen for this new scholarship,”
said Paula Ellis, DNP, CARN, NEA-BC, Saint John Chief Executive Officer.
Ellis added, “This new partnership with the University of Saint Mary
is a great connection for both institutions. We are able to provide space
for their expanding Nursing programs and we, in turn, have our space being
utilized by future nurses who are now exposed to Saint John’
“The University of Saint Mary is delighted to offer this new scholarship
to future nurses like Sara,” said Michelle Birdashaw, assistant
professor of nursing and division chair of nursing. “We hope this
award will help her and future recipients reach their full potential.
We also hope this uniqu
e partnership between USM and Saint John will create a healthier and more
2019 Florence Nightingale Award
Cathy Darge, RN, case manager, received the Florence Nightingale Nursing Award. This award
is given to a nurse who has demonstrated excellence in nursing practice.
She has worked at Saint John for 13 years.
In the nomination form, Paula Ellis wrote: “Cathy is a nurses’
nurse: quick with a supportive comment, willing to help the team when
things are hectic, ready to offer resources or alternatives, unexcitable
in turbulent times and dedicated to the team.” She added, “Having
worked with Cathy for the past three and a half years, I can attest to
her commitment to nursing, her exem
plary practice and her devotion to Saint John Hospital.”
Ellis pointed to Cathy’s high energy, noting she is always prepared,
focused and organized and is always keeping her eye on the big picture.
Missy Barlow, RN, staff nurse, was named the recipient of the Daisy Award. This national
award is presented to a nurse who displays extraordinary compassionate
care. Missy has been a nurse at Saint John for 14 years.
In the nomination form, ER Manager, Leah Monroe, RN, wrote, “Missy
is an outstanding nurse who goes above and beyond for the Senior Behavior
Health department.” She added, “Missy takes much pride in
her role as a nurse and takes care of each of her patient’s needs
Leah noted, “I can’t count how many times the Emergency department
needed help with the screening of a potential SBHU patient and Missy just
came to the department and handled the situation for us. She is such a
great team player who loves to help with the Skills Fair and other events
for which we need volunteers.