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Local Hospital Recognizes Rasmussen College School Of Nursing By Providing $10,000 In Scholarship Money

$2,500 scholarships awarded to four Ocala campus nursing students

February 3, 2014

Erin Werthman
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OCALA, Fla. (February 3, 2014)–Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, is committed to improving the health of its communities. To recognize that commitment, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Ocala, a new facility located in Ocala, Fla., recently provided the Rasmussen College Ocala campus with $10,000 in scholarship money. The money was divided into $2,500 scholarships which were awarded to four students who are enrolled in the Rasmussen College School of Nursing to become a registered nurse (RN).

“Our nursing students experience extensive schedules while enrolled in our Professional Nursing Associate’s Degree (ADN) program, including classroom work, clinicals and simulation learning activities,” said Karen Guty, dean of nursing, Rasmussen College Ocala campus. “We know it’s not easy balancing school and the demands of life. These scholarships will help our students better focus on their course work and clinicals, and for that we are truly grateful for HealthSouth’s support.”

The scholarship recipients were selected through an essay contest. Students were asked to share why they wanted to become a registered nurse and to describe their passion for patient care. HealthSouth says it looks for professional, compassionate nurses who want to take part in the rehabilitation process and who are driven by a patients’ success. These students fit that model.

“As a new healthcare employer in Ocala and the only hospital offering in-patient rehabilitation, it is important to HealthSouth to identify and support those educational programs in the community that can enhance the outcomes of our rehabilitation patients,” said Ellen Witterstaeter, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Ocala chief executive officer. “Rasmussen College has a great reputation for producing top-notch nurses in our community thanks to its high quality educational offerings. We felt the College was very deserving of the scholarship money, and we look forward to working with its students and graduates in the future.”

About the Scholarship Recipients

Jocelyn Karcher lives in Ocala, Fla. with her husband. She is expected to graduate in March 2014. After graduation, Karcher would like to work as an emergency room (ER) nurse.

Laura Arnold-Boyers is expected to graduate in July 2014. After graduation, she’d like to work as a hospice nurse. Arnold-Boyers resides in Silver Springs, Fla. with her husband.

When she graduates, Rachelle Harrell would like to work in the ER or trauma intensive care unit (ICU). Harrell is expected to graduate in June 2014. She resides in Anthony, Fla.

Shannon Porterfield graduated in December 2013 with her Professional Nursing Associate’s Degree. Upon graduation and passing the NCLEX-RN exam, Porterfield accepted a position at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River, Fla. Porterfield resides in Ocala.















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