had taken the National Council of Licensure Examination
(NCLEX) three times, and was down to about $5.00 in her
The boards cost about $200.00 each time, and had to be spaced three months apart, she
When you've finished your training and know your job, it isn't easy to go to work doing something else because you are broke and waiting for the long awaited certification, she
The l996 graduate of the Cumberland County College Nursing Program had to take a job as a certified nurses' aide (CNA) at a paltry $6.25 an hour while waiting to learn if she passed the test, known by most students as "the Boards".
Today, she is a nursing supervisor on the third shift at the Vineland Developmental Center but she hasn't forgotten how tough it was to take the test, not once, but three times before she became a Registered Nurse.
At $200.00 a pop, the tests turned out to be an expensive part of her
education, but did not deter her
from reaching her
Today, she is trying to help others in the nursing program who may be in a position similar to hers, and has established the Caring 4 You Scholarship Fund, which provides the NCLEX fee for students who have successfully graduated from the college's nursing program.
The scholarship however is not based on financial needs or having great grades.
wants to foster the giving side of everyone.
To find out more, those interested should email Garrison
at http://caring4you.net/scholarship, but the contact information for the scholarship will be made to the Cumberland County College Foundation
All applicants identities will remain anonymous until after the selection process, and the award will be presented during the nursing ceremony at the college.
pays the scholarships out of her
own funds and from proceeds of the services she
offers as a computer consultant and web page designer . Businesses can place low-cost advertisements on her
"My goal is to have at least $2000.00 available a year to pay for 10 students to take the NCLEX
, Garrison said.
"In the future, I plan to have fund raising events with the help of others.
I also want to give them out on the web, maybe" she
said, "...and will post the recipients on my web site in the future".