Thank a Nurse In Recognition of National Nurses Week

For anyone that sees a nurse this week make sure to thank them in recognition of National Nurses Week that runs from 6-12 May.  This week was selected in honor of Florence Nightingale who was born on May 12, 1820.  Ms. Nightingale is widely considered the founder of modern nursing.  She came to prominence managing and training nurses to care for injured British soldiers during the Crimean War.  In 1860, Ms. Nightingale established a professional nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. It was the first secular nursing school in the world, and is now part of King’s College London.  Nurses in the United States take an oath after becoming a nurse called the Nightingale Pledge.

Florence Nightingale

For anyone interested in continuing the work of Florence Nightingale and becoming a professional nurse, the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program graduates nursing Cadets every year.  After graduation the nurses serve on Active Duty or in the US Army Reserve in the US Army Nurse Corps.

(Left) Cadet Koby Binks, an ROTC graduate of the WSU College of Nursing, receives the Norton Healthcare Award for nurse cadets at Cadet Summer Training. Photo by Mattie Cook. (Right) Candace Madriaga, an ROTC student at the WSU College of Nursing, was honored with the Norton Healthcare Award at Cadet Summer Training. Photo by Madison Thompson.

Our nurse Cadets complete their first two to three years of Nursing and ROTC pre-requisites on Eastern’s Cheney campus. Nursing Cadets complete their final two years at the Washington State University (WSU) College of Nursing in downtown Spokane.  The WSU College of Nursing reserves seats in each class for ROTC Nurses that achieve their admissions standards.

Nurses in ROTC complete the same training requirements as other Cadets. However, our program has several options to manage Nursing Cadets through the rigors and demands of a tough academic field while completing ROTC requirements.  One of the best benefits available is the financial support provided by a ROTC scholarship.

Army ROTC Nursing Scholarship Benefits: 

  • Full tuition OR room and board and all mandatory fees
  • Book stipend up to $1,200 per year
  • A monthly stipend of $420
  • Required student nurse uniforms and clinical supplies
  • Nurse malpractice insurance (provides coverage during clinical rotations)
  • Milestone Recognition Awards (based on progress through the program)
  • Littman stethoscope ($200.00 value)
  • NCLEX-RN review materials and fees and the licensure testing fee and a drug guide ($950.00 value)

Learn more about the EWU ROTC program and Army Nursing by clicking the link below:

Go ROTC!  Go Army Nursing!

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