Lauren O'Shea with Alpha Chi award
Lauren O’Shea with Alpha Chi Award

On April 28, 2016, Lauren O’Shea (’16) was the winner of the 2016 Mary Pekarski Memorial Award from Alpha Chi, the Boston College chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. This award is given annually to a student member of Alpha Chi whose personal essay demonstrates creativity, originality, and excellent writing style from the perspective of a future time. In her essay, Lauren reflected on the influence of her grandfather, who encouraged her to choose a career that would allow her to make a positive difference in the lives of others and helped her to recognize that her strengths were compatible with the profession of nursing. She recalled the impact of her experience caring for patients in the Nueva Vida Clinic in Nicaragua, where hope and gratitude outweighed the lack of resources; this experience reinforced the importance of the individualized, holistic care patient care that Lauren will incorporate throughout her career. After graduating with her BS in May, Lauren will complete her master’s degree at Boston College in an accelerated program that will prepare her for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.