2018 RN-BSN VNA Scholarship Recipients with SONHS Dean/ VNA Board member

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of the generous VNA of Kansas City Scholarships. The VNA of Kansas City has supported students in nursing and other health professions with over $600,000 in scholarship awards since the scholarship program began- THANK YOU VNA and VNA Foundation of Kansas City- you are making a difference!

Gary Eugene Hicks, Jr. (pictured left)

Mr. Hicks is a charge nurse at the North Kansas City Hospital enrolled in his last year of the RN-BSN program. He started his career as a registered nurse in the Home Health arena and counts himself fortunate to have had the experience. The most important lesson he learned in his home care position was the importance of meeting patients at their level of understanding and comfort.

Christopher Damrat (pictured right)

Mr. Damrat is an RN in the Children’s Mercy Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care unit. He recalls his road to becoming a nurse has been a long and eventful journey and this scholarship will provide the opportunity to afford the RN-BSN program at UMKC by decreasing stress of working overtime. He looks forward to experiencing the area of home health nursing as a recipient.