Cal State Long Beach Nursing Student Receives Scholarship through Kaiser Permanente’s Deloras Jones RN Scholarship Program
2009-12-18 · By Editor
The CSULB senior was one of 145 nursing students at 46 Southern California colleges recently selected to receive a scholarship to help them meet expenses and complete their educations. In all, the scholarships totaled $256,000. Since it was established in 2001, the Deloras Jones RN Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4 million to 1,942 students statewide.
Scholarships of $1,000 to $2,500 are awarded based primarily on financial need to assist individuals who are pursuing nursing degrees, and they are awarded in several categories. Additionally, a $1,000 scholarship was awarded to a student in each nursing program affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
Tom expects to graduate with his bachelor’s of science degree in nursing in August 2010. He enrolled at CSULB in fall 2006 after graduating from Troy High School in Fullerton that spring.
“I chose nursing because it has lots of options. You can specialize in just about any department and be able to provide patient care across all sorts of continuums,” Tom said. “This scholarship from Kaiser Permanente will allow me to continue in my studies by providing access to textbooks and study aids. I’ll be able to afford school despite the recent tuition increases that have plagued the public university systems in California.”
After graduating from CSULB, Tom will begin his career at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he will be for at least two years. “I hope to get into adult critical care, such as the intensive care unit or critical care unit,” he noted. “I plan on attending graduate school for a master’s in nurse anesthesiology.”
As one of the largest employers of nurses in California, Kaiser Permanente’s annual support to build California’s nursing workforce will again exceed $5 million for Nursing Pathways, career ladder programs, nursing scholarships, grants to colleges, and forgivable loans.
“Kaiser Permanente is committed to assisting nursing students as they pursue their baccalaureate degrees,” said Deloras Jones, RN, MS. “RNs are health professionals prepared to provide safe, high-quality direct patient care, and their commitment and dedication will be a major force in propelling this country into a new era of health care.”
Jones retired as Kaiser Permanente’s Director of Divisional Nursing Services for California in 2000 after a 34-year career dedicated to professional nursing and leadership. She is the founding and current director of the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care in California , a statewide institute focusing on “Optimizing the Health of Californians Through Nursing Excellence.”