YSN student Brandon Ko '10 was awarded a Nightingale Scholarship in the amount $1,200 on April 15. Ko was one of five area nursing students who received the scholarship at the 2010 Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing Scholarship Reception, hosted by the VNA of South Central CT.
"As president of the founding organization of the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing, it is an honor for me to acknowledge some of the region's outstanding nursing students," stated John Quinn, President and CEO of VNA Health Systems. "It is evident that these five scholarship recipients exhibit passion, dedication and a genuine love for nursing."
Ko, who will graduate in May as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, has received many accolades in his time at YSN. In April of last year, he received YSN's Community Service Award in recognition of his leadership in several community initiatives, including organizing health fairs for a local housing development, afterschool activities, and an adolescent mentoring program. He was also selected for a 2009 YSN Creative Writing Award for his story "Untitled (Masks)." In November 2009, he was selected by the US Department of Health and Human Services for the Paul Ambrose Leadership symposium.
The Nightingale scholarships are supported by the sponsorships of Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing, celebrating its 10th anniversary on May 5 at the Oakdale Theatre. The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program was originally developed in 2001 by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession. The goal of the Nightingale Awards is to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention on and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level.