Scholarship created to honour nurse
From The Royal Gazette: Two would-be nurses became the first winners of scholarships set up to honour the memory of an intensive care nurse who died two years ago.
The Vickie Smith Nursing Scholarships were awarded to Donnalyn Smith and Milon Outerbridge.
Ms Smith, who is due to start a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of West England in Bristol, said: “This scholarship helps me a whole lot.
“My parents are very hardworking; I see how hard they have to work for me.
“I would do anything to help. I want to give back whatever I can, to ease the load.”
Ms Smith said she became interested in a career as a nurse when she volunteered to work at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital to notch up community service hours while she was at middle school.
She added: “A friend had volunteered at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital as a teen volunteer and she persuaded me to go.
“I volunteered in the continuing care unit and from the first day, I loved it.
“We sat with elderly patients, those who could not speak, those with disabilities … We read to them, we watched movies together, we walked with them. I was so happy, making other people happy.
“I liked the personal connection that nurses have with their patients and I wanted to make it a career.
“I am interested in going into geriatrics, paediatrics or surgical, but that could change once I get more experience.” …