Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Indiana State University
Must be used in Public Health
Lauren Millington is a junior in the RN-BS program. She graduated from Indiana State University in 1996 with an AS with a major in nursing. She lives in Terre Haute where she works one day per week for an outpatient surgery center. She has been married to her husband, Matt, for 17 years and they have five children. Taylor is 15, Abby is 13, Avery is 9, Mallory is 7 and Jayden is 6. Lauren is looking forward to finishing the BS program and hopes to continue on to the FNP program. Her passion is medical missions where she hopes to use her FNP degree eventually. She also volunteers at the Crisis Pregnancy Center of the Wabash Valley weekly in the medical clinic and counseling clients. Family time is very important to her and she has been blessed to be able to spend much of her time at home with her children and husband. She is very grateful to Indiana State University for choosing her for this scholarship. It will be a tremendous help in allowing her to continue her education
Amy Sandoval is married with five children. Amy has been in the medical field for 21 years beginning in a nursing home as a certified nursing assistant, then Amy continued on to become a medical assistant working in medical offices performing many duties of front and back office. In 2004 Amy became an LVN working in hospitals, nursing homes, and home care of quadriplegics on ventilators. Her goal in life is to become a Registered Nurse working in Labor and Delivery or Surgery. Amy’s passion of nursing developed when she was a child, she saw her grandpa in a nursing home not getting the care he deserved along with other residents. Amy wanted to change that. She also listened to her grandma’s stories of her being a Nursing Assistant (they were able to do so much more back then) and being in the delivery room. Amy is a very caring and compassionate person who loves to help people in their recovery process. She feels that nurses touch people’s lives in ways that is not realized. Returning to school was a big decision and her husband has made many sacrifices. She is currently not working; it is sometimes a financial struggle and with this scholarship it will relieve some of that burden. Amy could not have done this without her husband; family and the professors at ISU have always been a great help in assisting her to attain her goal. As for her future, she will finish the nursing program in December 2013 and she is looking forward to returning to the hospitals where she will be able to use the skills and knowledge that she has acquired through this program. She will then continue on for her Master’s while working. Amy thanks Dr. Lucky so much for this opportunity to finish and attain her goal.
Gladys Ventura moved to the United States from Philippines. She had to face the problems of not knowing the language or how the education system worked. She felt alone. Everything was different from her country. Many people told her that graduating would be hard for her because she did not know the language and was just starting to learn English. Instead of being upset about the comment, it motivated her to study hard and to get good grades. Her goal then was to graduate with her baccalaureate degree with a major in Nursing. College education is very important for her future. College is her opportunity to improve her life by having more opportunities to get better jobs, and to encourage her family to go back to school. In college you look into different ethnic groups, their backgrounds, style of thinking, and ways to solve problems in the world. Her goal is to someday become a Nurse Practitioner who would be in touch with the people, helping them to make this world a more pleasant place in which to live.