Faculty and staff for Marian University’s accelerated BSN program watched proudly yesterday as student Shelly Brosseau was honored at the eleventh annual Salute to Nurses.
Hosted by the Indianapolis Star, the event was held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom to recognize the contributions of nursing professionals within the Hoosier state. The event included lunch, guest speakers, recognition of previous award winners and awards presentations for 2013.
Brosseau was one of countless nursing students throughout Indiana who competed in the Star’s nursing student essay contest for a $3,500 tuition scholarship. Her essay described her path to nursing, which began when her late husband, Cam, was diagnosed with end-stage pancreatic cancer.
Brosseau described the 2013 Salute to Nurses as an amazing honor.
Receiving her Nursing School Scholarship
“I got to walk up with [Marian University School of Nursing] Dean Siccardi to get my award, which was a giant check and a lovely plaque. There were a lot of cameras taking pictures, and so many Marian staff and faculty were there for the event,” she said. “Family came from Canada, Illinois and Kentucky to be there with me, and my two children were there. It was just so special to have all these people I love so much around me for such an exciting and special time.”
According to Julie Smith, Marian University for St.Vincent Health site director, the Indianapolis accelerated nursing program is filled with students just like Brosseau.
“Shelly’s story is a great example of who the accelerated nursing student is: a wife, a mom and someone who may have had to overcome obstacles to make their dreams a reality. Her perseverance, positive attitude and strong compassion are all traits that will make her an excellent nurse,” Smith explained. “The flexibility of our online classes allows a now-single mother to fulfill her commitment to creating a better future for herself and her children.”
Brosseau was equally supportive of her classmates. “I’m very happy to have been selected for the award this year, but I’m humbled by the wonderful people around me, each with incredible stories and beautiful hearts to take into the nursing profession.”
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