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.