At the end of the academic year luncheon,  the KILN staff  recognized KILN scholars who have excelled in different areas and presented them with awards.  The awards and award recipients were as follows:

The Key Award is awarded to the KILN scholar who demonstrates noteworthy scholarship. Paulina Miklosz has not only excelled academically but demonstrates a passion for learning and sharing her knowledge with others.  Her desire to learn Spanish and learn about the Latin American Culture motivated her to study abroad in Ecuador and pursue a minor in Hispanic Studies.  During her time in Ecuador, she learned about its healthcare system, health disparities, and alternative medicine.  Upon her return, she was enthusiastic to share her experience and the lessons she learned with the CSON community.  Paulina co-authored an abstract entitled “Through the Lens of Future leaders: Nursing Student Immersion in Global Health” that she will present at the Sigma Theta Tau convention in Texas next October.  Paulina was recently inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing.

The Inclusivity Award is awarded to the KILN scholar who embraces all and engages others in nursing and health care.  Throughout his participation in KILN and his involvement within the CSON community, Gio Trilleras has been recognized for promoting community cohesion while respecting each individual.  Not only does he demonstrates his sincere interest in learning about others, but at the same time he serves as a reminder that we are all humans and despite our differences, we should learn to work as a team.  His participation at the Brockton High School College Fair in the spring of 2010 showed us that his friendly personality can attract parents and high school students from different backgrounds and open their minds to the possibility that nursing might be a career for their children or them, respectively.

The Leadership Award is awarded to the KILN scholar who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the nursing community.  Sabianca Delva has surprised us with her leadership development throughout the years.  In fall of 2009 she was just attending the MaSNA conference and fulfilling the KILN requirements, like any other KILN scholar.  During the spring of 2010 KILN offered her the opportunity to participate in the NSNA conference, where she reconnected with the MaSNA President and started exploring the possibility of belonging to the MaSNA Board of Directors.  Sabianca is the current Vice President of MaSNA and will be the MaSNA President this upcoming year.  She has also been very proactive in the nursing community.  She organized the Language Access and Patient Safety lecture last fall and the MaSNA Career Forum this spring.  Sabianca co-authored an abstract entitled “Through the Lens of Future leaders: Nursing Student Immersion in Global Health” that she will present at the Sigma Theta Tau convention in Texas next October.  She never ceases to amaze us and keep us wondering what her next move will be.

The Rising Star in Nursing Award is awarded to the KILN scholar who demonstrates significant potential for the future contributions to nursing.  Stephanie Mui started as a responsible KILN freshman scholar, and this year she has demonstrated her potential to make important contributions in the nursing field.  Stephanie prepared a successful Advanced Study Grant application and will travel to Beijing, China this summer to work with physicians and nurses practicing both traditional and western medicine.  This opportunity will lay the foundation for Stephanie as she works toward her goal of becoming a culturally competent nurse and nurse practitioner.  We look forward to hearing about her project and following her progress in the years to come.

The Outstanding Scholar Award is awarded to a senior KILN scholar who exemplifies the mission of KILN. At first, Sania Beckford seemed like a quiet, laid back, CSON student but by the end of KILN’s first year we were surprised with her involvement in the program.  She went beyond our expectations.  Participating in about six different professional development and community health events each year, submitting well-written activity reports that integrated her nursing knowledge to the activities she participated in, applying for fellowships, and working as a student nurse are just a few things she has done. Whenever we needed someone to help us out, she was always there and never said no.  She is also grateful for every opportunity she is offered and makes the most out of it, as she demonstrated through her participation in the NAHN (National Association of Hispanic Nurses) conference.  Sania is an example of a well-rounded student and person.  She has been a great asset to the KILN program, CSON, and BC. We wish her the best as she enters into new chapter of her life!

Congratulations to all awardees!

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