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Striving for Excellence

Posted on Jun 05, 2019

Adam Beard, R.N., B.S.N.
Adam Beard, R.N., B.S.N.

Enhanced communication. Stronger leadership. Expanded horizons.

From the call center to the operating room, these are things that many nurses strive toward. Education is key to reaching these goals. Nurses always are keeping their knowledge up to date and many have certifications related to their specialty. Sometimes these nurses want to go a step higher.

“Enhancing my knowledge of nursing topics allows me to better communicate with my patients and participate with my peers in development of policies based on evidence-based practice,” explains Naara-Liz Miguez, R.N.

The R.N.-B.S.N. Nursing Excellence Scholarship helps make this goal possible for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital nurses like Miguez.

Twice a year, the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation Guild awards scholarships to clinical nurses participating in a bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) program. The Guild pledged to raise $1 million over four years to support nursing excellence. This highly competitive scholarship requires applicants to not only meet an academic standard, but to also be in good standing at work and actively involved in community service projects. Potential recipients must also describe short- and long-term health care career goals and explain how they plan to further the professional practice of nursing at Johns Hopkins All Children’s.

A bachelor of science in nursing program covers many topics including multicultural nursing, family nursing, community and public health and informatics. Technological advancements in health care and the increasing demand for nurses to take on leadership roles make the need for advanced education increasingly important.

“Earning my B.S.N. has helped me become a more well-rounded nurse,” says Adam Beard, R.N., B.S.N. “It has helped me understand nursing from more of a leadership standpoint so I can become a better preceptor to support the new graduate nurses that are also taking care of our patients and families.”

Continuing to advance their education helps nurses develop and practice the latest skills for the benefit of patients.

This story first appeared in For the Kids magazine, a publication of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation.

R.N.-B.S.N. Nursing Excellence Scholarship

October 2018 Recipients:

Regina Barnhart, PACU
Adam Beard, NICU
Brianna Brabander, case management
Kristi Clark, operating room
Judith Dimas, operating room
Deborah LaDrig, pediatric medicine
Teresa Lamb, NICU
Terrell Levy, R.N. call center
Naara-Liz Miguez, CVICU
Ryan Ward, operating room


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