NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – May is National Nurses Month and the number of people entering the profession does not meet the demand. However, a scholarship honoring a former Nashville ICU nurse is aiming to change that.
It’s the full story of Jamarcus Corlew, the first scholarship recipient, now a nursing educator at Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. The educator’s passion for wellness started with his grandmother, who was diabetic and traumatized in the kitchen.
Corlew said his grandmother went to the doctor with a small scab that turned into a larger wound that resulted in the amputation of a leg, another limb and ultimately her death.
Although the situation was heartbreaking, Corlew says the care his grandmother received during that time prompted him to join the workforce. He started out in healthcare as a CNA before becoming a licensed practical nurse and is now a recently registered nurse practitioner.
“When I first started nursing everywhere we went, if we went to the doctor’s office, you know, ‘this is my grandson and he’s going to be a nurse’ and stuff like that. so. I think about it all the time,” Corlew said, “I think my grandma would be super happy to know that I’m doing this because she never gets to see me graduate, she never gets to. see me finished even when I. became an LPN, so I think this is amazing as she has instilled in me my passion and even encouragement all these years. ”
It is a similar story for Gary Woodward, a beloved nurse at Ascension Saint Thomas West, whose experience with relatives encouraged him to enter the field. Woodward passed away from COVID-19, but his family wanted to honor him by supporting the education of nurses to improve their qualifications, choosing Jamarcus Corlew as the first recipient.
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Dan Thompson, vice president of the Ascension Saint Thomas Foundation, said he hopes the story will encourage more inspiring nurses to work at the hospitals that need them.
“Nursing is being particularly challenged right now but I believe in the footsteps of COVID there is really an opportunity to see a complete resurgence in people who recognize the importance of the field,” said Thompson. and people who aim for something challenging and meaningful,” Thompson said.
According to the Tennessee Nursing Association, the pandemic has created a domino effect as burnout rates among nurses are at an all-time high and the number of people entering the field lags behind. The association says healthcare systems must encourage nurses to enter and stay.
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