Atlantic General Hospital now awards scholarships each year to associates
demonstrating a commitment to the nursing field who are planning to further
their education and training in the field.
This year’s first recipient is Brandi Rush, a Stephen Decatur High
School and Worcester Technical High School (Certified Nursing Assistant,
2011) graduate. She moved to the area with her family when she was in
kindergarten. Her memories of the care she and her twin sister received
at the local doctor’s office played a strong role in her decision
to pursue a career in nursing. Brandi recalls Debbie, the nurse practitioner
at the family doctor’s office they visited, with her great bedside
manner and caring attitude.
Brandi shares, “Debbie was the first person to illustrate to me and
my sister what a good nurse was. I knew then that I wanted to be just
like her.” Later, Brandi and her family moved to Newark, but she
never forgot Debbie and her passion for nursing and the patients she provided care to.
During her time at Worcester Technical High School, Brandi interned at
Atlantic General Hospital and found it to be a warm, caring place to work
and learn more about the nursing field. Once the internship came to an
end, Brandi applied for and was hired as a per-diem nursing assistant.
She has been with the hospital for over four years.
Brandi lives with her boyfriend on his family farm and their two dogs,
a cat, a pig and a horse. She shares, “My boyfriend, friends and
family including my grandparents have supported me in many ways throughout
my life. I have the best coworkers anyone could ask for; they are all
caring, team players.”
Brandi started the nursing program at Wor-Wic Community College on September
10th. While in the program, Brandi will continue her work as a CNA with
Atlantic General Hospital. Her plans for the future? To work on the Med-Surg
floor and work up to a management position in the years to come. Congratulations Brandi!
Atlantic General Hospital has developed the James G. and Nancy W. Barrett
Scholarship Program to offer assistance with tuition, books and health
care benefits to recent high school graduate applicants who wish to pursue
a career in nursing. In 2004, the scholarship program was renamed to recognize
the extraordinary efforts put forth by the late Jim Barrett and his wife
Nancy in support of Atlantic General Hospital. Each year, AGH receives
applications for the scholarship and selects a recipient that illustrates
a strong commitment to becoming a part of the profession and an active
member of the community.
Atlantic General Hospital/Health System has developed the
Associate RN-BSN Scholarship Program to offer assistance with tuition to nursing associates pursuing an advanced
degree in nursing. The individual would, in return, continue to work in
our facility upon completion of the program. The Scholarship Program provides
tuition assistance and required course books towards an advanced degree
in nursing for selected persons. This program requires the candidate to
be a nursing associate in good standing and maintain either full time
or part time status of employment at AGH/HS. Per Diem or casual nursing
associates are not eligible for this scholarship. Upon successful completion
of the program, RN agrees to work either full or part time at Atlantic
General Hospital/Health System for a specified time period. For more information
on either of these two scholarship opportunities, please click