Allison Bartlebaugh from Akron, Ohio is attending Duquesne University in Pittsburg, PA. In her essay she wrote, "...I hope to be an advocate for others as a way to increase understanding and reduce fears".
Ronald Pan, R.N. from Cerritos, CA is attending the nurse practitioner program at the University of California, Los Angeles. In his essay he wrote, "I have decided to become an advanced practice nurse to become a health advocate for people with disabilities,. Indeed, I have clarity on my life's purpose..."
Mackenzie Strubhar from Hummelstown, PA is attending Duquesne University in Pittsburg, PA. In her essay she recounted, "I am aware of how scary it is to be on the other side of the clipboard and it will be my mission to make sure all my patients are comfortable with me and the care they are receiving."
Danika Peterson from Montesano, WA will be attending Saint Martin's University in Washington. In her essay she stated,"I know how terrifying a diagnosis can be, and how overwhelming it can be as well. Because I have been through this myself, I can bring that understanding into my interactions with patients and their families. I can honestly say, that I know, I understand and I have been where they are."
Caroline Stevens from Monterey, LA will be attending Louisiana Tech University. Caroline wrote, "I have completed coursework through the Central Louisiana Technical and Community College in Patient Care Technology. Watching patients with cancer fight and struggle is one influence on my career choice."
Abbigale Suprenant from Springfield, IL will be attending the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Abbigale stated, "Since I have experience with a life-threatening illness, I want to be there to help other children who are going through similar experiences and be the nurse who makes sure all the children are getting the best care possible."
Anna Smith from Normal, IL is attending Illinois State University. "It's time to end the stigma. People with disabilities deserve to be treated with respect and given the chance to prove that they have just as big hearts as nurses without disabilities, and that they can be just as great, or even better, nurses."
Congratulations and best wishes to all!!