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Foundation scholarships awarded to five nursing students
Photo caption: From left, Jane Neyman, Lauren Newman, Nicole Frisbie and Julie Hopper were among this year’s winners of the Harold & Leona Ford Nursing Scholarship at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Not pictured is Teri Costantino, who was also a winner.

La Grange – The La Grange Memorial Hospital Foundation has awarded scholarships to five area nursing students to assist them in their continuing education.

Teri Costantino of Worth, Nicole Frisbie of Indian Head Park, Julie Hopper of West Chicago, Lauren Newman of Tinley Park and Jane Neyman of Deerfield were named winners of the Harold & Leona Ford Nursing Scholarship.

Each will each receive up to $4,000 in financial assistance for nursing program tuition and books. This scholarship is made possible by the late Harold and Leona Ford through an endowed gift to Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Fords, we can help these nurses, and future nurses, as they pursue their degrees in nursing,” said Brett Skeen, executive director of the La Grange Memorial Hospital Foundation. “We wish them the best of luck as they move forward in their careers.”

Costantino has worked at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital since May 2005 as a PCT/Telemetry tech. She is studying nursing at Moraine Valley Community College and expects to graduate in 2014.

A patient care technician since she was 16, Costantino said her 50th birthday gift to herself is a nursing degree. This scholarship will help her accomplish that dream. Her career goal is to work in hospice.

“I had an experience taking care of my grandmother in hospice, and it solidified for me what I always knew, that this is what I want to do,” Costantino said. “I know that I’m meant to work in hospice, and so that’s my goal.”

Frisbie is a registered nurse at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, working in the hospital’s gastroenterology lab. She is enrolled in the graduate program at Benedictine University and is pursuing an advanced degree in nursing. She expects to complete her studies by December 2014.

A nurse for the past five years, Frisbie has been at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital for about three and a half years. Her father encouraged her to consider a career in nursing, and she’s grown to love the work.

“I enjoy interacting with people, both my co-workers and the patients,” she said. “I like helping them through the procedures, and through the difficult times after they have gone through a procedure. Just to be there for them means a lot.”

Newman is studying for her bachelor of science degree in nursing at Northern Illinois University. She expects to have her degree completed in December 2014. Her mother, a registered nurse at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, inspired her to pursue the work.

“I would come home, and at the dinner table, we would tell stories about our day,” Newman said. “Her stories were always so interesting.”

Once she finishes her undergraduate work, Newman would like to return to school later and become a nurse practitioner. Career-wise, she’d like to focus on obstetrics and work with mothers and their babies. Eventually, she wants to open her own office and become a midwife.

Hopper is studying nursing at the College of DuPage, and expects to graduate in May 2014. Nursing is a career change for Hopper, who previously worked as a proofreader and graphic designer. Several of her family members were nurses, and so after speaking with her family, she decided to make the change.

This past spring, Hopper completed a clinical rotation as a nursing student in the Birth Center at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. She will return soon to complete another clinical rotation at the hospital, and would like to find a permanent place on staff.

“The staff is wonderful,” Hopper said. “They are so professional with the patients and so kind, and they take so much time for the students.”

Neyman is studying nursing at the Chamberlain College of Nursing, work she expects to complete in May 2014. Once she finishes her studies at Chamberlain, she has plans to return to school after a few years to obtain an advanced degree in nursing.

Nursing is a second career for Neyman, who started out in the business world. The work did not suit her, she said, but she found that medicine did.

“As soon as I took my first class in anatomy, I knew this is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life,” she said. 

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