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Havre student receives nursing scholarship

Long Term Care Association addresses nursing shortage through scholarships to recipients from across Montana


Last updated 6/12/2020 at 7:57am

Press release

HELENA — The Montana Health Care Association Scholarship Foundation has awarded 11 scholarships totaling $13,500 to nursing students throughout the state, including Aaniiih Nakoda College student Erin Jones of Havre.

MHCA is an association of nursing homes and assisted living communities.

"Experiencing a shortage of long-term care nurses in Montana, our board believed we could play an important role in promoting long-term care nursing,” MHCA Executive Director Rose Hughes said. “The Scholarship Foundation was created to help address the shortage and has been offering scholarships for over 20 years."

Named for Don Pizzini, a long-time friend and advocate for long-term care residents and workers, the Donald E. Pizzini Memorial Nurse Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $1,500 to Montana students who are enrolled in college nursing programs and are interested in pursuing a career in long-term care.

Jones is pursuing her nursing education at Aaniiih Nakoda College. She said she feels a special sense of honor and pride in caring for others, leaving them with an overwhelming feeling of comfort, love and safety. Giving her residents the best quality of life is extremely important to her, she added.

She started as a CNA at Northern Montana Care Center in 2015 and said she has loved providing that quality care ever since. Her desire is to become a registered nurse and continue to provide top-notch care for those who once cared for others.

Christen Obresley, vice president of regulatory and community services at Northern Montana Care Center, describes Jones as having a passion and deep respect for the dignity and well-being of the residents, and said she is a role model to others.

She received a $1,500 scholarship.

The 2020 scholarships also were awarded to the following students, followed by the college they are or will be attending:

Lane Buus from Ennis, Carroll College.

Sydney Stoltz from Miles City, Miles Community College.

Dale Guynes from Missoula, University of Montana.

Nicole Buller of Kalispell, Flathead Valley Community College.

Shelby Frye of Miles City, Miles Community College.

Katelyn McKay of Helena, Carroll College.

Ella McKenzie of Livingston, Montana State University.

Mary Morse of Conrad, Carroll College.

Katara Ryan of Helena, Carroll College.

Nicole Williams of Billings, Montana State University.

The Donald E. Pizzini Memorial Nurse Scholarship is the first of its kind in Montana, sponsored by the long-term care industry exclusively for nurses. It is designed to facilitate the development of an educated health care workforce.

While MHCA provided the initial funding for the foundation, the foundation continues to invite and receive ongoing contributions from industry leaders and others in Montana who share its vision.

For information about how to apply for a scholarship or donate to the foundation, go to http://www.mthealthcare.org .


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