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Home Health Aide Scholarship Program
The Home Care Foundation of NJ Home Health Aide Scholarship Fund seeks to provide scholarships to eligible Certified Home Health Aides who have chosen to pursue a career in nursing. The fund’s aim is focused on addressing the shortage of home care and hospice nurses in our state and increasing growth opportunities for Certified Home Health Aides.
The application will be posted in 2017.
2016 Home Health Aide Scholarship--Award Recipients
Immacula Durvil, CHHA
Immacula Durvil became a home health aide in 2013 and is described by her agency as compassionate and reliable and a true asset to her patients and employer. She is enthusiastic, pleasant and has great interpersonal and organizational skills.
Immacula has had a love and interest in the science of nursing and has chosen nursing because “no other career would ever suit me.” Immacula’s work as a home health aide provides her with a positive and humbling experience that leaves her feeling blessed every time she cares for a patient in need. “It always gives me the opportunity to learn from them while sharpening my interpersonal skills and learning how to communicate with people.”
Immacula is pursuing a LPN degree from Ocean County College and hopes to continue on to become a professional registered nurse. Congratulations Immacula!
Kimberly Schmidt has been a home health aide since 2012. She works with hospice patients and is said to put people at ease as soon as they meet her. She is competent in all aspects of care but her strongest attribute is her kindness and compassion, a must for anyone working in Hospice.
Kim feels that being a home health aide has prepared her to become a nurse. She is pursuing a career as a professional registered nurse because she “gets a wonderful feeling by helping people and sees nursing as a life-long path to learning”. She plans to work in the hospice field and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in order to become a nurse educator. Her dream is to teach future nursing students. She looks forward to seeing where nursing will take her as there are “so many avenues and I am open to see where my strengths lie and to following the path that best utilizes them.”
Kim’s professor commends her work ethic and attention to detail and highlights her therapeutic communication skills and her outstanding academic accomplishments. Kim is a member of the Alpha Delta Nu chapter of the Nursing Student Honor Society. Congratulations Kim!