“Jennifer Stewart is a go-getter with excellent clinical skills who cares deeply for her patients and has a commitment to community-based nursing,” says Julie Reynolds, Alliance Board President. Stewart was chosen for the annual Mary Ellen LaRoche Nursing Scholarship.
Stewart has been a licensed practical nurse for seven years and is enrolled at NHTI to become an RN. She serves as her agency’s infection control nurse, teaches wound care skills to RNs, and is actively involved in COVID testing and vaccinating homebound patients.
The Mary Ellen LaRoche Nursing Scholarship supports individuals currently employed in home healthcare or hospice working towards an associate, bachelor’s, or advanced nursing degree. The scholarship honors Mary Ellen LaRoche, the executive director of Carroll County Health & Home Care in Chocorua, until her death in 2009. She was a mentor to paraprofessionals and nursing staff throughout her career.
“The need for highly educated nurses is growing. We are delighted to be able to support New Hampshire nursing students who will bring diverse and valuable perspectives to the field,” said Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care CEO Gina Balkus.
Applicants for the Mary Ellen LaRoche Nursing Scholarship must be employed by a member agency, be enrolled in an educational program for at least a year, have a GPA of at least 3.0 and be recommended by a supervisor.
The Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance membership includes not-for-profit and proprietary agencies serving New Hampshire. Member agencies provide services to thousands of New Hampshire residents of all ages recovering from surgery, injury, or illness, chronic or terminal illnesses, or other conditions needing support at home.
~written by Leslie Hammond