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Nursing Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Nursing Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship  photo 5/13/2016 9:04:55 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. (Story from Hobbs News Sun)

Yazmin Schaefer, a Hobbs resident who is pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at New Mexico Junior College, has been awarded a $1,000 Nightingale Scholarship by the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence (NMCNE).

The scholarship is supported through a grant from the Nursing Excellence Fund of the New Mexico Board of Nursing.

Schaefer currently works as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the Medical-Surgical/ Pediatric Unit of Lea Regional Medical Center.

She recalled she was 14 years old when she first realized she wanted to become a nurse. She said she hopes to continue to work in pediatrics after earning her degree.

“I want to be able to teach families how to live healthier lifestyles and manage any current illnesses,” Schaefer said. “I want to be able to help children grow to their full potential while easing the parental fears of an illness taking their future away.”

Belinda Rincones, who has served as her instructor said Yazmin is a leader in her class. “She shows her leadership skills by helping others and motivating others to be better,” Rincones said. “Yazmin puts extra effort into her studies and always comes to class prepared. I can always count on her to do excellent work.”

Schaefer is one of 15 nursing students chosen to receive a scholarship based on her academic achievement, a personal essay, recommendations from faculty and financial need.

“We very much appreciate the generosity of the New Mexico Board of Nursing in allowing us to nearly triple the number of scholarships given out last year,” said Jennifer Ellis, president of the NMCNE Board of Directors and director of Infusion, Dialysis and Transplant Services for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

“This year’s recipients are located throughout New Mexico. Some are just beginning their careers and others are seasoned professionals who want to take their career to the next level. They all share a passion for helping others and a commitment to be the very best nurses they can be. We congratulate them on their many accomplishments and look forward to seeing them grow and contribute to the quality of life in New Mexico for many years to come.”

The Nightingale Scholarship fund was established in 1989 by the New Mexico League of Nursing. The League formed a partnership with the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence (NMCNE), which now solely administers the annual Nightingale Scholarships. The fund has awarded more than 100 scholarships since its inception.

The New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence was established as a nonprofit organization in 2003 to convene and facilitate dialogue and action that result in excellence in nursing education, practice and work environment and to honor outstanding nurses. For more information, call 505-889-4518 or visit

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