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Rebecca Ramazini, Joan Heimler Legacy of Life Scholarship Recipient

Scholarships

Created to honor Joan Heimler, a critical care nurse who was instrumental in establishing the Wisconsin Tissue Bank

Joan Heimler Legacy of Life Scholarship

Versiti is proud to offer the Joan Heimler Legacy of Life Scholarship. This scholarship was created to honor Joan Heimler, a critical care nurse who was instrumental in establishing the Wisconsin Tissue Bank, which became a part of BloodCenter in 2010.

The decision to donate organs and tissues is made during a difficult time for families and loved ones. Compassionate care provided by critical care and emergency department nurses at this time can be very challenging and yet rewarding. These nurses, in conjunction with their organ procurement organization, tissue and eye bank, provide support to families who have made a decision to provide the legacy of life to others awaiting organ and tissue transplants. The Joan Heimler Legacy of Life scholarship recognizes the nurses who strive to achieve these values in caring for their patients and families.

Attendance at the National Teaching Institute (NTI) & Critical Care Exposition or Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for expanding the knowledge of these nurses, as well as networking with colleagues from around the country. The award recipient may use the scholarship to cover registration, transportation and accommodation expenses at one of these annual meetings.

Who is eligible?

Any registered nurse who lives in Wisconsin and works full- or part-time in critical care or an emergency department is eligible to apply.  The applicant must provide direct care to patients and families that have made a decision to donate organs and/or tissue at end-of-life, or have played an influential role in supporting the donation process at their institution.

2018 Award Applications

  • Application submissions for 2018 will open in December.  
  • Complete the Scholarship Application form (you may need to download Adobe Reader
  • Provide a copy of your CV or resume
  • Write an essay of 1,000 words or less that explains your role in caring for patients and families making a decision to donate organs and tissue
  • Ask your nurse manager or supervisor for a letter of support
  • Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2018

Award Recipients

To read the essays, you may need to download Adobe Reader
2011 - Pam Johnson, RN Award Essay 2011
2012 - Lisa Floeter, RN Award Essay 2012
2013 - Christin Strong, RN Award Essay 2013
2014 - Sarah Burke, RN, BSN Award Essay 2014
2015 - Laurie Johnson, RN, CCRN Award Essay 2015
2016 - Teresa Hammer, RN, BSN Award Essay 2016
2017 - Rebecca Ramazini, MSN-Ed, RN, CEN Award Essay 2017
2018 - Migdalia Ramos, RN, BSN Award Essay 2018

Questions? Please contact: 
Nanci Fredrich, R.N., BSN, MM at 414-937-6165 or nanci.fredrich@bcw.edu or
Phyllis Kirchner, MSTM, MT (ASCP)SH, SBB at 414-937-6271 or phyllis.kirchner@bcw.edu

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