Melissa Kurtz, a 2011 graduate of YSN's Nursing Management, Policy and Leadership master's program, was recently awarded the 2011 Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing Scholarship. Kurtz was one of five local nursing students who were honored with a $1,200 scholarship.
Kurtz earned dual degrees of a Master of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Arts in Religion. Her studies at YSN focus on relationships among children's health care issues, policy advocacy, and the ethical delivery of quality health care. Kurtz has been a medical volunteer in Haiti and Africa and spent one year in community development in Orlando, Fla.
"Not only will Melissa have successfully completed a joint degree in Nursing and Divinity by May, but she already has a growing reputation in the bioethics community," said YSN Dean Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN. "She is meticulous in detail, quietly confident in presentation, and impeccably thorough in all she takes on."
The Nightingale scholarships are supported by the sponsorships of the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing. The program was developed in 2001 by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut to celebrate exceptional nurses. The goal of the Nightingale Awards is to inspire future nurses and for the public to recognize the scope of nursing practice at the local level.
In a related story, YSN faculty members Laura Andrews and Deborah Fahs received the 2011 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. Read more.