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Nursing faculty receives scholarship

PHOTO PROVIDED Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania doctoral scholarship recipient Christine Kavanagh, fourth from left, celebrates with Pennsylvania College of Technology colleagues during the Nightingale Awards gala. From left are Tushanna Habalar, instructor of nursing; Valerie Myers, assistant dean of nursing; Sandra Richmond, dean of nursing and health sciences; Kavanagh, assistant professor of nursing; and Wayne Reich Jr., director of nursing, bachelorÕs degrees.

A member of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s nursing faculty received this year’s doctoral scholarship from the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania.

Christine Kavanagh, assistant professor of nursing, is pursuing a doctor of nursing practice from Robert Morris University. She was selected based on professional leadership, academic achievement, leadership, community service and personal commitment.

Kavanagh is a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner and a registered dietitian. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Pace University and a bachelor of science in nutrition from Penn State.

She has been a full-time member of Penn College’s nursing faculty since 2014 and previously served as a part-time clinical instructor. She initiated the college’s first study abroad course in nursing in 2016, leading students to Guatemala each fall to help staff a weeklong medical clinic. She has also helped to lead a session for fellow Penn College faculty, showcasing helpful uses of instructional technology.

Kavanagh serves on the STEP/Head Start Health Advisory Committee and holds memberships in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Nightingale Awards are a statewide, nonprofit focused on recognizing exemplary nursing practice and granting scholarships to students pursuing degrees in nursing at all levels. The organization awarded $20,000 in scholarships to seven recipients, each pursuing a different level of education.

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