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Mission Hospital Valiant Women Changes Lives Through Nursing Scholarships

Newborn Carlee is healthy today thanks in part to the support that Mission Hospital Valiant  Women provides in the form of nursing scholarships.
Newborn Carlee is healthy today thanks in part to the support that Mission Hospital Valiant Women provides in the form of nursing scholarships.

Thanks to the generosity and commitment of Valiant Women, 61 nurses were recently awarded scholarships at the 2014 Spring Annual Meeting. These scholarships enable the dedicated nursing professionals at Mission Hospital to attend conferences and seminars to acquire the latest medical information and to advance their knowledge through additional degrees and certifications. Last year, one of these training sessions taught Mission Hospital nurses about newborn heart screening.

In 2013, newborn Carlee was the first baby to benefit from this new heart screening program that identifies critical congenital heart disease. Little Carlee looked perfectly healthy when she was born, but when the nurses conducted the newly implemented heart screening, followed by an echocardiogram (EKG), they found she had a form of critical congenital heart disease that could be fatal without the proper treatment. Following the diagnosis, Carlee underwent lifesaving corrective heart surgeries, and today she is thriving.

This year, Mission Hospital nurses will receive advanced training through a variety of conferences and seminars in the areas of critical care, trauma, oncology, perinatal, and other holistic nursing practices. 

The number of nurses who apply for scholarships continues to grow; this year 86 nurses requested support totaling nearly $260,000. Every dollar raised through Valiant Women memberships directly benefits the nursing scholarship program and therefore, patient care at Mission Hospital.

To learn more about Valiant Women, visit www.mission4health.org/valiantwomen.  

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