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Warrensburg nursing student awarded Pat Gaunt Scholarship

May 21, 2013

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Ashley Holmberg

The Bothwell Regional Health Center Foundation has awarded its Pat Gaunt Leadership In Nursing Scholarship to Ashley Holmberg, Warrensburg.

Holmberg is pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing at State Fair Community College. She is currently a licensed practical nurse in the Orthopedic Unit at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

“At the end of my first day in clinicals, I went to thank my patient for being brave enough to let me care for them, and to my surprise, my patient ended up thanking me for caring for them,” Ashley said of her decision to go into nursing. “That was the exact moment I decided to be a nurse. It was a simple thank you by a patient, but it was extremely rewarding. I was certain I was doing exactly what I was supposed to do.”

“Ashley is a wonderful nurse,” said Nurse Director Estella Frazier, one of Ashley’s supervisors. “She is very caring and conscientious, follows best practices and has exceptional judgment when it comes to her patients. She always has a positive attitude and will make an excellent registered nurse.”

The Leadership in Nursing Scholarship is made possible by a bequest from the estate of Patricia Gaunt, who was a registered nurse at Bothwell from 1969 until her retirement in 2001. Her bequest provides resources for other nurses to have the training they need to better serve the patients they care for each day.

The Bothwell Foundation, formed in 2005, exists to generate private resources to support the hospital and improving the quality of health-care in this area. It is overseen by an 18-member board of directors comprised of community leaders in Pettis and Benton counties. Photo provided.

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