2017 Recipients of the Lucretia H. Richter Nursing Scholarships
From within our own Scholarship Committee ranks, we invited Susan Read, RN,
to be this year's speaker. Susan is a Nursing Instructor at St. John Fisher
College in Rochester.
In her time away from school, however, Susan is the
Chief Medical Officer on cruise ships. As Susan explained, to the general
public, this may seem like a pretty cushy job, with the sea and the sun and
the various ports of call. The truth is that Susan and her team are top-notch
medical providers, ready at a moment's notice to deliver high quality medical
care to not only the ship's guests but to the crew as well.
department has a fully equipped Intensive Care Unit. First, however, the
patient has to be brought to "sick bay" from any location on the ship.
The medical crew must be aware of the layout of each of the ships in numerous
fleets and be able to arrive at the patient's location, with portable medical
equipment, to begin what can be life-saving care. Once stabilized, patients
can be transferred by ambulance to any hospital in a port-of-call or air-lifted
to the nearest facility if they are between ports. One member of the team is
always ready with the "go-bag" to minimize response time to the patient and
pagers alert them to a crisis.
With a coordinated slide show to accompany
her oral presentation, Susan introduced a new world of practice to the nurses
and families in attendance.
We congratulate all of this year's recipients and wish them all the best as they complete
their training and enter the rewarding profession of Nursing.
2017 Scholarship Recipients (left to right); Jeanne A. Lemcke, Monroe Community College,
Annaliese R. Corrao, Alfred State College, Katherine A. Nicastro, Roberts Wesleyan College,
Caroline M. Bower, St. John Fisher College, Courtney E. Henninger, St. John Fisher College,
Rebecca L. Piendel, St. John Fisher College.
The students pictured below appear with their sponsors.
Through the years, Caroline Bower has met a number of nurses,
and plans to emulate the most exemplary among them. Caroline hopes to
incorporate the "patient first" compassion that she witnessed on many
occasions. Caroline knows that
patients may have underlying thoughts and emotions about their hospital
stay and it is her job to make their experiences the best possible with
concern, compassion, and quality care. Appearing with Caroline
is her sponsor Nancy Wilk.
Annaliese Corrao cites the support of her Mom as an important factor in her
success in nursing school. She noted that the rigorous curriculum in the
three years of study was a challenging process. With a 2-week
internship in Jamaica and a week in Haiti with her nursing instructor,
Annaliese has seen a very different side of nursing. Because of this, she
hopes to spend some time as a Travel Nurse after training in Med-Surg for a
couple years. Annaliese's sponsor is Jessica Lippa.
As a single mom, Courtney Henninger has had to juggle her responsibilities
to her child and to her schooling. Regardless of the pressure, Courtney has
managed to submit all her projects on time and deliver an outstanding record in
her nursing classes. She feels that her obstacles in life actually empowered her
to pursue nursing and that she has the compassion and determination to succeed
in the nursing profession. Courtney is joined by her sponsor Kathryn Haugh.
Jeanne Lemcke has been an LPN for years and decided to expand her practice
by returning to school for her RN degree. She has worked in a private pediatric
practice for 12 years and would like to work in Pediatric Oncology or in Hospice
once she obtains her new credentials. Jeanne's instructor remarked that "the
cream has risen to the top" with Jeanne's program performance. Jeanne is calm
and confident and is able to pass that on to her patients. Jeanne feels that
nursing is "who I am and not what I do". Jeanne is joined by Jacqueline Dorsey
and Laurie Palmer.
Katherine Nicastro has been quite busy during her schooling,
participating in Track & Field and holding 4 campus jobs during her program.
She understands the importance of time management to balance study, sleep, and
work. But the coffee helps! Keeping focused on the pay-off has given her the
determination and, at Roberts Wesleyan, she has also grown in her walk with God.
Her mom is a nurse and role model for her and she knows that nursing can make a
difference in patients' lives. Katherine's instructor labeled her "a spitfire".
Katherine is pictured with Christine Lupiani and Santhing Rajamohan.
Rebecca Piendel believes she was "put on earth to become a
nurse". The journey has been challenging, having lost her dad recently but her
instructor states that Rebecca not only "accepts challenges-she pursues them".
Rebecca is compassionate and kind with her patients. She has not settled, as yet,
on the area of nursing she plans to pursue but remains open to the possibilities
as she completes her program at St. John Fisher. Savana Gargana is Rebecca's sponsor.