ALTON — Two Alton Memorial Hospital nurses, Khris Turnbull of the Intensive Care Unit and Jordyn Halm of the Women’s Health and Childbirth Center, are recipients of Ruth Castellano scholarships from BJC’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Each will receive $5,000 for continuing education.
“It was very exciting to hear that I got the scholarship,” said Turnbull, a registered nurse who will earn her bachelor of science in nursing from McKendree University in May 2016. “That’s obviously a big help for my education and quite an honor.”
Turnbull, who has been at AMH for 13 years and in ICU the past five years, said she will continue working toward her master of science in nursing after earning the bachelor of science in nursing.
Halm earned her RN at Lewis and Clark Community College in 2012 and has been at AMH since then. She is pursuing her BSN at McKendree and has two years to go in that program.
“I’m not sure what I will do after that, but I will want to pursue some other OB certifications,” Halm said. “I know it’s very competitive so I was happy to receive this.”
“Jordyn is a perfect recipient,” said Jessica Mossman, manager of the Women’s Health and Childbirth Center. “This is a wonderful opportunity for her to further her nursing education. She is an excellent patient advocate, employee and co-worker. Pursuing her BSN will be the first step in opening more doors for her.”
The Ruth Castellano scholarship was established to honor Ruth’s 29 years as a nursing professional with BJC.
“Ruth approached her job daily with an unparalleled passion and vibrancy,” said Linda Dodd Lisinski, associate manager of Learning Partnerships at the Center for Lifelong Learning. “Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 for tuition, fees and books for employees seeking their nursing degrees.”
Castellano died in 2012 from a rare condition, requested that scholarships be directed to “first-time” RNs — employees pursuing associate degrees in nursing or BSN degrees..
“This is a wonderful scholarship that BJC offers to our staff that apply,” said Debbie Turpin, chief nurse executive at AMH. “The staff that is awarded gets that additional resource to further their education. Both of these ladies are very deserving and I love to see them furthering their education.”
The scholarship’s open enrollment is twice yearly, with a deadline in the late spring and late fall. During open enrollment, candidates fill out an online application, complete an essay and send in other criteria needed for a complete application such as transcripts and a university enrollment verification form. An evaluation from the candidate’s manager helps with the selection process.