Community College of Beaver County nursing student Bridget Wrynn of Aliquippa is the recent recipient of the Alice Hirt Scholarship, which is awarded to a second-year nursing student for clinical excellence.

     “To win a scholarship for doing well in clinical [courses] means the world to me,” said Bridget. “The scholarship will help with books, my nursing boards, and taking the prep class for the boards.”

      For over 20 years, the scholarship has been awarded to a nursing student who is progressing into the second year of the program. Created by the family of former CCBC President Dr. John Hirt (president from August 1968 through May 1972), the scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Hirt’s wife, Alice, who received exceptional care from CCBC nursing students prior to her passing.

      Bridget knows first-hand the importance of bedside care and was inspired by the nurses who took care of her own mother.

      “I lost my mom to cancer over 8 years ago and watching the nurses who were so wonderful to her in her final days meant so much to our family,” said Bridget. “I wanted to be just like them and this scholarship gives me hope that I can be that same kind of nurse to a family one day.”

      Bridget began the nursing program in the spring of 2013 after a close friend made the recommendation to her. She credits the nursing labs and nursing faculty as two of the main factors of her success as a student nurse.

      “Having the hands-on experience in the nursing lab during your first year really helps you learn the skills you need to be a nurse,” commented Bridget. “The faculty goes out of their way to help you when you need it, too.”

      Although Dr. Hirt passed away a few years ago, his family continues to award the scholarship in memory of Mrs. Hirt and in recognition of CCBC nursing students who are dedicated to helping others.

      “Bridget exemplifies the heart of nursing, which is bedside nursing,” said Linda Gallagher, Director of Nursing and Allied Health. “The faculty and I are proud of her accomplishments as a student nurse.”

     Bridget will graduate from the nursing program in May 2015 and is already setting new goals.

      “I really would love to work as a critical care or oncology nurse,” said Bridget. “Eventually, I’d like to earn a master’s degree in nursing in either anesthesia or education.”


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