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LANP scholarship awarded to first SU nursing student

11/09/2013

 

Southern University nursing student Shelita Burrell has received the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners' (LANP) Edna Treuting Scholarship Award. She is the first SU nurse practitioner student to receive the coveted award.

 

Burrell, a graduate nursing student, was notified of the award in October at a LANP meeting.

 

The Baton Rouge native said winning the scholarship means a great accomplishment for "my school and the nursing school itself."

 

The Edna Treuting Scholarship award of $500 and a certificate is given to a LANP student member who represents the highest qualities envisioned for a nurse practitioner.

 

She hopes her receiving the award  "sets goals for future nurses seeking out higher goals for themselves," said Burrell.

 

Being the first SU student to receive the award, Burrell said, shows "that Southern graduating nurses and students can achieve anything they put their minds to."

 

The 35 year-old non-tradition student, and mother of three, says she is "grateful to be honored with this award and accepts it on behalf of her school."

 

Burrell's road to success has not been easy. She has to balance motherhood, being a full-time student, going to her clinicals and being a nursing officer in the United States Navy Reserve.

 

"My motivation to achieve higher (goals) comes from being in the military and having the ambition to set goals and achieve them," said Burrell.  Another motivational factor for Burrell is making a better present and future for her children.

 

Burrell started her undergraduate career at Southern after eight years in the U.S. Navy. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then two years later she returned to Southern to attend graduate school at the College of Nursing and Allied Health.

 

"I am more focused as a non-traditional student," said Burrell.

 

She is hoping that she can motivate other students and show that no matter obstacles  "it is possible to achieve higher (goals)."