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Loyola DNP program awards scholarship recognizing nurse's commitment to military veterans

May 10, 2013

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing continues its commitment to serving the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces by awarding scholarships through the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program. It announced this week a $5,000 Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholarship awarded to Racquell Garrett, R.N., M.S.N., a nurse known for her dedication to caring for military veterans.

Garret is a student in Loyola’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which is ranked in the top six graduate nursing online programs in the country by the U.S. News & World Report 2013 rankings.

“Through the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars program, Loyola is helping working nurses who are committed to treating our men and women in uniform and those veterans who have served our country,” said Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., M.P.H, R.N., professor and director of the Loyola School of Nursing.

Garrett is currently a nurse at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas, and previously worked at the Southeast Louisiana VA Medical Center in New Orleans, La. In her 13-year nursing career, Garrett has served the nation’s heroes for 10 years, caring for veterans who served in Korea, World War II (and the wives of veterans from World War II), Dessert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“I have veterans come to me in tears with appreciation of services they get from the VA as other health care organizations don’t understand the needs of the veteran population,” Garrett said.

Her scholarship will go toward tuition in the Loyola School of Nursing DNP program, an integral step in becoming a leader in the nursing profession.

“It is important for professionals who serve veterans to train as DNPs so that quality care is provided at high levels. The special needs of our veterans and the subsequent care of our veterans, demands advance training for nurses to identify how these needs will be best addressed.”

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