New scholarship for nurses pays special tribute to exceptional care

June 16, 2015 | by Tracy Schuster

Scholarship-for-nurses winner Lauryn Elffers Lauryn Elffers, left, is one of four recipients of a scholarships for nurses. At right is Anne Bourque, clinical nursing director in the Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation.

Ask any patient: Nurses are as pivotal in their care as doctors. They answer the call of a patient in the middle of the night, they hold the patient’s hand as he or she takes on yet another round of treatment and, in the best-case scenario, they wave goodbye as the patient leaves the hospital, healthy and happy.

When everyone has gone home for the day and the family is finally sleeping, nurses remain. No matter what road a patient takes, nurses are the constant, supporting them along the ride.

Now, the spouse of one former City of Hope patient is giving back to the institution's nurses in a big way. So moved by the care her husband received from the City of Hope nursing staff, she created a scholarship for nurses, and nurses only. This first-of-its-kind scholarship at City of Hope will provide funding for four nurses to complete additional schooling. In October, Danette Gonzales and Judy Trujillo became the first two scholarship recipients; the other two scholarships were announced during City of Hope’s recent celebration of National Nurses Appreciation Week. The winners: Lauryn Elffers and Christina Gibson.

Christina Gibson Christina Gibson, left, displays her certificate upon being named recipient of a special scholarship for nurses. At right is Anne Bourque, clinical nursing director in the Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation.

“To recognize that there was a family so pleased with their care that they wanted to donate, that speaks highly of City of Hope,” Elffers said. All the recipients hope that the opportunity to expand their base of knowledge will offer them the additional means to provide the very best in care for patients and their families. The donor hopes that this scholarship will serve as an example to other potential donors and that the scholarship will highlight just how important nurses are in the care of patients and families.


Learn more about becoming a patient or getting a second opinion at City of Hope by visiting our website or by calling 800-826-HOPE (4673). You may also request a new patient appointment online. City of Hope staff will explain what's required for a consult at City of Hope and help you determine, before you come in, whether or not your insurance will pay for the appointment.


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