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Scholarships Advance Nursing Education

Fourteen of Good Shepherd’s extraordinary nurses received scholarships on Wednesday, May 10 at the Oberly-Allen Endowment for Nursing Scholarships Award ceremony held at DeSales University in Center Valley. The scholarships help nurses advance their continuing education so they can provide even better care for Good Shepherd’s patients. Award recipients were selected by a nursing scholarshipcommittee through a rigorous application and evaluation process.

The Oberly-Allen Endowment is funded entirely through the generosity of donors. The endowment began in April 2013 with an initial pledge of $20,000 from a friend and has grown to more than $650,000 in gifts and pledges. The endowment was named in honor of the legacy of one of Good Shepherd’s founders, D. Estella Raker, a legacy that was consistently modeled by head nurses the late Elizabeth Oberly and Evelyn Allen whose work inspired countless nurses at Good Shepherd.

Other notable nursing awards given were the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to Deb Stauffer, L.P.N., and the Chief Nursing Officer Certificate of Achievement to Benita Cobham, R.N. The DAISY Award recognizes nurses nationwide. Candidates are nominated by their peers, physicians, patients and families, and other staff and administrators.

Andrew Martin, M.S.N., R.N., clinical risk manager, was recognized for receiving the Most Distinguished Nurse of the Decade Award from Cedar Crest College where he received his master’s in nursing.