Lexington resident Melba Rubi, RN, has been awarded a nursing scholarship from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
The scholarship awards program, presented on May 8 at the State Street Pavilion at Fenway Park during National Nurses Week, was created to honor the outstanding dedication, professionalism and ability of nurses to consistently deliver the highest level of compassionate care even under difficult circumstances.
This year’s ceremony honored 96 nurses, six nurse practitioners and five assistive/in-training staff with 35 awards and a total of $127,000 in nursing scholarships. This proudly shows not only support for current staff, but also a commitment to advancing the practice of future staff.
“Our nurses at BIDMC provide amazing patient care – to every patient, every day. They’re a significant reason the hospital is a leader in Boston and nationally for patient safety and outcomes,” said Marsha Maurer, RN, senior vice president of Patient Care Services and BIDMC’s Nurse-in-Chief. “These scholarships are an important way the hospital is able to support nursing education.”
This year’s nursing gift, a donation of $5,000 on behalf of all nurses at BIDMC, was presented to the Lieutenant Walsh - Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund to help support the families of Lieutenant Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, who tragically died in the line of duty during the March 26th Back Bay fire.
“There is no way we could ever express the full measure of our appreciation for the work that our nurses do day in and day out,” said Kevin Tabb, MD, President and CEO. “BIDMC is able to provide such an exemplary level of care because of the constant devotion of our staff. It truly is awe-inspiring to watch this group of professionals excel in what they do, and I am proud to call each and every one of them a colleague. They are the reason BIDMC is such a magnificent place.”
Criteria used for selecting scholarship recipients included exemplary academic standing in an associate, baccalaureate, graduate or post-graduation nursing degree program and recommendation by an immediate manager as well as a nursing faculty manager. Winners have also demonstrated expected levels of practice.
Scholarship funds come from a number of endowments and funds that have been given to BIDMC to support nursing education.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and currently ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide.
BIDMC is in the community with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Anna Jaques Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, Lawrence General Hospital, Signature Health Care, Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare, Community Care Alliance, and Atrius Health. BIDMC is also clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Hebrew Senior Life and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org.