Gratitude, Inspiration, Mentorship-All In The Bohemian Seattle
Written by Olga Savoskina, 2017 Ed Hyland Scholarship Recipient
I had an amazing opportunity as a Drexel University senior SRNA student to receive Ed Hyland 2017 scholarship from American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).
I realized that it was a great honor to be chosen among multiple applicants’ essays. I so appreciated the scholarship money during your final year of school, when things are getting really tough financially. It was marvelous to see my name in print on AANA website, but little did I know that the best gift of all was physically attending the 2017 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress in Seattle Washington. Being present at the conference changed my professional attitude, increased my motivation to succeed and most of all gave me a sense of belonging to this profession.
What I learned from the opportunities the scholarship provided, and what I want to share with others is:
As I was running the AANA Wellness 5k, the early crisp morning, I kept thinking about a quote from the keynote speaker, Howard Behar, the CEO and founder of Starbucks Coffee. He said “Every day I wake up to nurture and inspire human spirit, starting with myself first.” One has to be well to take care of others. As high-level health professionals, we must nurture and inspire ourselves-physically, educationally, and emotionally to apply our expertise and competence to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.