After graduating in May 2018, I have definitely grown into a nurse that I want to be and I am continuing to grow. I found my voice as a leader on the Multi-Trauma Unit at Swedish Medical Center and I am excited to start studying for my TCRN, Trauma Certified Registered Nurse! I used to be very shy and I have found my voice on the floor with both my coworkers and my for my patients. I am more comfortable with delegating tasks and being there for my team! Being a Charge Nurse has boosted my confidence in the knowledge that I have. I couldn’t be more grateful for the scholarship and how it helped me be stress free throughout school while trying to get the fundamentals of nursing done! I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my Regis Family!
For those of you who don’t know, my name is Alexa Grygorcewicz, and I was the recipient of the TJ Myrick Scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year. This past December, I completed my first semester of nursing school at Regis University. Although I faced many challenges, my love for this profession has only grown.
This past semester was filled with moments of happiness, as well as stress. The first eight weeks of nursing school prepared me to work in a clinical setting. Therefore, I was pushed to learn as much as I could, as fast as I could. During this time, I found it difficult to balance school, work, and my social life. However, this challenge gave me the opportunity to strengthen my time management skills and learn the importance of self-care.
During the second half of the semester, I spent less time in the classroom and more time in the hospital. Although nerve-racking, I felt prepared to provide safe, high-quality patient care. As I completed my clinical hours, I slowly began to realize the real reason as to why I wanted to become a nurse. I want to become a nurse because I believe that it is my job to advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. In addition, I also believe that my role as a patient advocate includes providing equal care and showing kindness to all patients.
With that being said, I am excited for what the future holds. I am eternally grateful for the Myrick family, as they have made my dream of becoming a nurse a reality. I would also like to thank my patients, as they have made me the person I am today.
My time at Regis is hurling to an end! I have about seven weeks until I am officially a Regis Alumni with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing! I wish I could send you all a graduation announcement for I couldn’t do it without your support, but not to worry, I’ll see you all at the golf tournament in June! By that time, I will be well on my way to being a registered nurse (is it just me, or is that crazy to think about?). I am just now starting to send in my application to hospitals, so all ten fingers and toes crossed! Still not positive where I want to end up, I just want to start giving care.
Along the lines of me graduating, I have some fun news! Throughout my time at Regis and in the nursing program, I have found myself toe to toe with challenges and moving moments. Through these moments and self-reflection, I have further discovered my love for nursing and newly my love for God. Since this discovery, I found His Healing Hands. This organization gives opportunities to those who feel inclined to go help heal His people in countries where it is needed, demonstrate His love through treatment, and spread His Word. I am excited to announce that I will be participating in the Philippines Mission Trip from May 21-30, 2020! This is a wonderful opportunity and I can tell that this will change me in all the right places. My heart can barely contain how much love I am ready to give the Filipino people. I know this is just the tip of the iceberg for me and what I am going to do for all of His people. If you feel inclined to support me and those accompanying me on this trip, below is how you can donate. This trip is projected to cost $2500, but thoughts and prayers are also appreciated as the date approaches for our departure. I appreciate you all for taking the time to read this and donate if led to do so! I will see you all after I return, just in time for the golf tournament!
Two years ago, I would not have had the confidence to something like this mission trip. Your support combined with the Myrick’s has given me the confidence to go into this world with the attitude that I can do anything I set my mind to. You can bet that I am going to carry that with me for the rest of my life and give my patience that same confidence.
So excited for June to come! I hope to see the same faces from last year and so many more! Remember: all ten fingers and toes crossed.
How you can donate: Go to www.hishealinghands.com/philippines2020. Click donate at the right top. Select 2020 Philippines from the Categories & Funds drop down menu. Be sure to select Madison Fliedner's name. And, of course it is tax deductible.
Here we are in the year 2020 and that means it’s time for the 5th Annual TJ Myrick Memorial Golf Tournament. We hope that all of you that have come in years past, will join us again.
And for those who have never played, we invite you to come. It truly is one of the most enjoyable golf tournaments out there and here’s why : we finish in a very reasonable time, no waiting on the tee boxes because we don’t overload the number of golfers, this keeps things flowing nicely. We also provided breakfast and a great lunch , lots of great prizes, three flights with 1st and 2nd winners, and last but not least, a picture is provided free of your 4some.
Don't forget to take a look at our Sponsorship Packages under the Contribute tab, then click on Donate or Sponsorship. We have so much to offer this year. So come check it out!
We have 4 hole- in- one contest holes and they are free. Yes free. You will have four chances to win $5,000.00 for a hole-in-one. We actually had a winner last. year. Yes you read right, Jason Pott won his 1st hole-in-one at our golf tournament and received $5,000.00. You could be the next hole-in-one WINNER!.
So please come join us. You are in for a fun filled day and that’s a promise!!
I can’t believe it has already been two months since the tournament – how does the time go by so quickly and how do we make it stop!? It was absolutely wonderful to get the opportunity to spend time with all of you Myrick supporters and the Myrick’s (it was also great to see someone make a hole in one – congrats!). It’s wonderful to see how much support and LOVE you guys have for not only this foundation, but also Steve and Pam. I left the tournament filled with love and support to last me a lifetime. You all inspired me to be more active in my community and help support other foundations with volunteering. I hope to one day be able to participate in this tournament – so everyone better watch out ;) I am looking forward to seeing you all (and hopefully more) at the tournament next summer and the summers to follow! You can’t get rid of me just because I am graduating. I’ll be sticking around for quite some time just to ensure everyone gets the opportunity to feel my gratitude and love I have for all you supporters!
Wish me luck as I begin my senior year at the end of August and you all will be hearing from me very soon! Thanks again!
As always…with all my love,
I am happy to share that I am currently in my last semester of nursing school! Thanks to the TJ Myrick scholarship, I have been able to focus a little more on wrapping up my final classes/clinical rotations and a little less on the financial aspect of school. Right now I am finishing up my senior practicum rotation on the med/surg/tele floor at Platte Valley Medical Center and am learning so much! I will begin the process of applying for new graduate nursing programs in the next few weeks. I am beyond excited (and nervous) to finally be starting my nursing career and to see this dream of mine become a reality! I am so thankful for the Myrick's kindness and support during this time, as well as all of you for supporting this incredible organization!
Happy New Year TJ Myrick Family and Supporters!
It’s Madison, this year’s scholarship winner! I am currently making my way through my first year of nursing school with the grace and support of the Myrick foundation. Receiving this scholarship has been a saving grace for me. Financial responsibilities had always taken the driver seat throughout my college career and since receiving this scholarship, I have had the privilege to push it back and truly focus on my studies. I am happy to report that I finished off my first semester of nursing school with all A’s and made the Dean’s List for Fall 2018! Through my first semester, I was given a plethora of knowledge, life lessons and skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my career. Being in the clinical setting has continued to shed light on why I want to be a nurse and encouraged me to further embody my passion for helping others.
This passion continues to grow stronger every day and has pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone to take on more leadership roles (hopefully more information will come with my next update. The nursing professionals I am meeting through my clinical rotations never cease to amaze me with their compassion and encouragement. I have never been more driven to be an extraordinary nurse then I am today and that is all thanks to this foundation! I am forever grateful for this remarkable foundation. Your generosity and support is a blessing and I will never be able to say thank you enough.
Nothing but love and blessings to you all!
Hello Lovely TJ Myrick Fund Supporters!
Melissa here! I was the first recipient of the amazing TJ Myrick Scholarship. I was asked to update you all on where I have been since then! When I last saw some of you at the golf tournament, I spoke about how my life has unexpectedly taken me to Texas as my now husband (yay! 😊) has taken a job here. So, if life has taught me anything so far, it’s that my “life plan” is always changing, but that ok and kind of exciting! My plan was to work with veterans in Denver, but as there is no VA hospital where we are now living, I was challenged to find a new way to help veterans. I took my experience from Swedish Medical Center Spine Unit and love of neuroscience, and I was lucky enough to have gotten a job at University Medical Center Neuro Step-down ICCU. I love it here and am challenged with many types of critical patients on a daily basis. I still get to take care of veterans as my patient on occasion and love listening to their stories.
Currently, I am also half way done with my Master Degree with a focus on Nursing Leadership and Management. I am set to graduate this December! While working in a class last semester, a wonderful opportunity was given to me, we were told to make a project or grant in support of a group we are passionate about. I instantly thought of veterans and was put in touch with an amazing program here in Texas called VetStar. With their help, we established a support group for veterans and their families to openly discuss their struggles with PTSD. I have also been doing small assistive projects to assist the veterans here and there outside of the project and after the class ended. I met some wonderful people there and am so glad I found a way to still care for veterans!
I am so lucky to have had the opportunities I have had. None of it would have been possible without the TJ Myrick Scholarship or the amazing love and kindness of Steve and Pam Myrick. They have truly built an amazing scholarship fund that has helped so many young nurses realize their dream. Thank you so much for you support to this amazing scholarship! I hope to talk with you again soon!
I have been a Registered Nurse now for 6 months. In the past 6 months, I have gained so much more knowledge than I ever thought working on the Multi-Trauma Unit at Swedish Medical Center. My nerves have finally settled, and I feel confident in my care that I am providing to the patient population. I want to continue learning and improving my care with Evidence-Based Practice, so I can be the most up to date nurse possible with the cares that I am providing. I am looking forward to getting some trauma certifications which include; Trauma Care After Resuscitation (TCAR), Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC), and Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN), Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). I have my eyes set on so many opportunities that nursing has provided for me that I cannot wait to figure out which path to take. I have interest in going to the ICU and then flight nursing, going to back to school for Forensic Nursing, or going back to school to get my NP in either Critical Care or Family Practice. I am currently trying to still figure out what my next path is. I love learning and being properly equipped with knowledge to perform my best and offer the best care possible for my patients.
Reminder! The TJ Memorial golf tournament is this Saturday! If you have not registered, please register HERE. You don’t have to pay until the day of the tournament but please register in advance. If you want to register and pay you can do that HERE. Your registration fee goes toward a scholarship for nursing students attending the Loretto Heights School of Nursing at Regis University; “The TJ Myrick Memorial Endowed Scholarship”. The deadline for registration is the 7th so please get registered today!