Anderson nursing scholarships awarded to Northeast students

by jamesc  2/15/2017 1:30:04 PM -- 

WAYNE, NE – Three Northeast Community College students have been awarded nursing scholarships through the Providence Medical Center Foundation in Wayne. Valynn Sukrad, Holly Grosz and Liz Hadcock, all of Wayne, have earned Verlyn Anderson Memorial Scholarships.

The scholarship fund was established in 2016 by Steve Anderson, Concord, and his sister, Dr. Kay Anderson, Lincoln, in memory of their mother, Verlyn Anderson, a long-time registered nurse at Providence Medical Center (PMC). Steve Anderson is also a member of the Northeast Community College Board of Governors. 

“Pursuing an education other than nursing never crossed my mind while growing up the daughter of Verlyn Anderson,” said Kay Anderson, a member of the Lincoln Pediatric Group in Lincoln. “As a high school student, I was privileged to work by her side as a nurse’s aide at Providence. I achieved an RN (registered nurse) degree, and then a medical doctorate. As my role model, Mom taught me strength and perseverance as a healthcare professional and as a woman. I believe she influenced others much the same way, thus perpetuating the generational desire to pursue the profession of nursing.”

While each of the scholarship recipients are pursuing degrees through the nursing program at Northeast, they also have a connection to Providence Medical Center. Sukrad and Hadcock are employees at PMC, while Grosz is a past employee; and her mother, Peggy, has worked at PMC for
30-years as a licensed practical nurse-certified (LPN-C) in surgery and the outpatient services department.

After completing her studies at Northeast, Sukrad plans to return to Providence Medical Center to work as a registered nurse and also obtain her emergency medical technician (EMT) license.

“I have been employed at PMC since November of 2009. I started working in the dietary department until I received my CNA (certified nurse assistant) license in 2014. I am currently working as a CNA. I also have my medication aide license in the State of Nebraska,” said Sukrad.

Sukrad, who is married and the mother to two children, is a full-time student and commutes to and from Norfolk three times a week, as well as working PRN status at Providence Medical Center.        

Grosz worked at PMC in Environmental Services for approximately a year until she received her CNA license. She is completing her second year at Northeast Community College and plans to eventually pursue a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree through the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) at the College of Nursing on the Northeast Campus in Norfolk.

“My mom is one of the main reasons why I chose to attend nursing school. I grew up watching her care for people and found that is something I am also very passionate about,” Grosz said.

Hadcock is a five-year employee of PMS and earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology from Southeast Community College in 2006. She wants to pursue an Associate Degree in Nursing through Northeast and eventually earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing through UNMC.

“I have been working in the surgical technology profession for more than 10 years. I have come to realize that in order to advance my career, I must seek more education. I am the first of my parents and siblings to attend college,” she said. 

Hadcock is married and has two small children.

“My sister, Kay, and I were raised by a mother with such a giving spirit as a nurse,” said Steve Anderson. “It is our hope that this scholarship will in some small way support nursing students who demonstrate that same spirit and potential for professional achievement in nursing.”

 

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PHOTO IDs: Valynn Sukrad, Holly Grosz and Liz Hadcock. (Courtesy Providence Medical Center)

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