NSWNA scholarships support nurses in education and research

The Edith Cavell Trust awards scholarships to NSWNA members to support their education and nursing research. Applications are still open for the 2008 scholarships.

The Edith Cavell Trust was established by the NSWNA in memory of the British nurse of the same name, who was tragically executed in World War I.

Last year, 22 scholarships to the value of $125,000 were awarded to nurses for the academic year of 2007.

Anthony Sokolowski, CNS/NP was a scholarship recipient in 2006 as he was finishing his Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner). ‘The support of the Edith Cavell scholarship helped ease my financial burden and stress during a busy period in my life, when I working full-time and studying part-time,’ he said.

Anthony has worked in emergency since 2001 and loves his working environment – ‘I really enjoy what I do so it seemed only logical to upgrade my qualification to nurse practitioner.’

While studying, Anthony was given the opportunity to work in a provisional nurse practitioner role on the weekends at Mona Vale Hospital.

‘This was really fulfilling as I was able to enhance my skills and put my study into practice while gaining the practice hours I required for my authorisation as a nurse practitioner.’

Anthony was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by some senior colleagues and he is glad he did – ‘Winning the scholarship helped me fund my university fees which offered much security and relief – I would definitely recommend applying.’

NSWNA encourages all nurses who are continuing their studies or engaged in research to apply for the scholarships, which are a great financial benefit when juggling work and academic pursuits.

Applicants must be a financial or associate member of the NSWNA, and entries close on 31 July 2007.