St. Petersburg Licensed Practical Nurse Earns Scholarship from Florida Health Care Association to Further Career

Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) recently granted Barbara Hosler (center), a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Menorah Life in St. Petersburg, the Bruce Taylor Scholarship Award.

This award was recently given to six front-line caregivers to help them achieve their goal of becoming nurses, with a total of $3,750 in scholarships. Hosler received $500 to pursue a Registered Nurse bridge program.

Each scholarship recipient is currently enrolled in a program to advance their clinical studies, has demonstrated a commitment to the residents entrusted to their care, shown leadership potential among their peers, and shared their personal story describing why they want to continue their education.

Sharing her story, Hosler said, “the feeling of helping someone’s loved one heal and hopefully get better makes me feel rewarded. It’s at that moment I am proud to be a nurse.”

“Florida is in high demand for nurses, and FHCA is proud to help these passionate health care workers pursue advancements in their clinical studies,” said Emmett Reed, Chief Executive Officer of Florida Health Care Association. “Barbara Hosler has shown her devotion to the profession and care for her patients, and FHCA applauds her for her aspiration to advance her studies and help Florida meet a growing need.”

Other recipients of FHCA Bruce Taylor Scholarship Awards for the fall cycle are:

  • Sylvia Ware, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Bardmoor Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Center in Largo, who received $750 to pursue a Registered Nurse (RN) degree;
  • Tracye Miller, Admissions Assistant at Plantation Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Plantation, who received $500 to pursue an RN degree;
  • Cobenis Diaz, an LPN at Palm Garden of Clearwater, who received $750 toward the LPN to Assistant Director of Nursing bridge program;
  • Kelly Kelson, a Home Health Aide at Village on the Green in Longwood, who received $500 to pursue an LPN degree; and
  • Leocadia Vargas, Housekeeping Laundry Director at Jackson Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Center in Miami, who received $750 to pursue an RN degree.

The Bruce Taylor Scholarship was established to provide resources for FHCA member nursing center and assisted living facility staff to further their education and pursue their career goals in nursing. Scholarships are awarded twice a year and funded through the Florida Health Care Education & Development Foundation, the Association’s charitable foundation.