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Four UW-Eau Claire Nursing Students
Selected to Receive WLN Scholarships

RELEASED: Aug. 27, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Four University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire nursing students are among 25 students from across the state selected to receive $1,000 Wisconsin League for Nursing Scholarships funded by the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation.

Senior Leah Leonhard, Marshfield, and juniors Melissa Kauffman, Dorchester, Brittany Boyer, Unity, and Kathleen Luoma, Schofield, will receive their scholarships at the WLN fall conference to be held Sept. 21 in Pewaukee.

The theme of this year's conference is "Preparing and Retaining the New Graduate Nurse: Education and Practice Solutions." Dr. Beverly Malone, CEO of the National League for Nursing, will deliver the keynote address at the conference. Malone has held numerous influential positions, including general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, president of the American Nurses Association and a member of President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry. She has been included in Ebony Magazine's list of the 100 most influential African-Americans.

Janice Berry, an associate professor of nursing at UW-Eau Claire, also will present a paper at the conference titled "Student and RN Partnered Clinical: Appraisal of Student and RN Partner Satisfaction and Meeting Outcome Objectives."

"I am thrilled that so many of our students received the WLN Scholarships" said Elaine Wendt, dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing. "Three of the four students attend our Marshfield site in cooperation with St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, and this will be a special opportunity, not only to meet Dr. Malone, an international leader in nursing, but also to hear one of their instructors present a paper at a statewide conference."

The Wisconsin League for Nursing Scholarship program, established to help address the nursing shortage, requires students who have completed at least half of the credits necessary for graduation to write about their scholastic ability, professional or community activities, goals for nursing and financial need.

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