With a Little Help, Two Local Nurses in the Making

(Patriot News)For Chelsea Bardin and Linda Lupian, the drive to become nurses comes down to a desire to help others.

But the two graduates of New Oxford High School were recently the ones getting a little help, in memory of another nurse.

The Visiting Nurses Association of Hanover and Spring Grove awarded both Linda and Chelsea its Florence deHaven Stick Memorial Scholarship – an annual scholarship that provides $2,000 to two students who plan to studynursing and two current nursing students.

Linda and Chelsea were honored this year along with nursing students Bria Noel Duncan and Krista Yohe.

The scholarship’s namesake, Florence deHaven Stick, was the VNA’s first nurse. In fact, she was the organization’s only nurse from the time she started in 1914 until 1917, said Erin Strine, the organization’s director of marketing and development.

Each year, a scholarship committee selects current and future nursing students who have strong grades, show community involvement and who write compelling essays on why they want to become nurses.

Linda, 18, has always leaned toward the medical field, but she felt a calling to become a nurse when her father was diagnosed with liver cancer.

Though he’s now in remission, Linda was by his side during his treatment, helping to care for him and comfort him.

“It really motivated me to be like, ‘This is what I want to do,'” she said. “I want to help people, to help them get better.”

She enrolled in the allied health program at Adams County Tech Prep and was able to explore different nursing specialties.

It’s the one-on-one interaction a nurse has with a patient that appealed to her the most, she added.

It’s that same appeal that Chelsea enjoys.

“I like the idea of people needing my help and wanting my help,” the 17-year-old said.

But Chelsea wants her patients to be the smallest and most fragile kind – she hopes to become a neonatal nurse.

“I just like taking care of babies,” she said.

Chelsea experienced the field firsthand when she shadowed the mother of a close friend, who works as a neonatal nurse in York.

“After that, I just decided that’s what I wanted to do,” she said.

Both girls are studying to become registered nurses, with Chelsea going to York College and Linda attending Stevenson University in Maryland.

And both say the scholarship – one of several that each girl received – is a boost in beginning the next stage of their education.

They talk excitedly about the years to come, of experiencing nursing firsthand during their clinical training and getting started with their careers.

“I think the challenge from here would be trying to stay focused and realizing sometimes it’s going to get hard,” Linda said, “but you have to push your boundaries.”