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The Carmen Bernal Compassionate Nursing Scholarship Fund
Registered nurses (RNs) are crucial to patient-centered care in the U.S., especially in our small towns and cities. Carmen’s namesake scholarship aims to encourage students from Glide High School to fill these important care-giving roles by providing several $2,000 scholarships to graduates pursuing nursing degrees. The scholarship foundation hopes to raise $20,000 throughout the spring and summer of 2023 and to award inaugural scholarships this coming spring. A sufficient scholarship fund will also enable the foundation to offer both one-time and renewable scholarships to students who demonstrate continued progress towards their nursing degrees. Your donations go directly to the pool of scholarship funds awarded to students.
About the Scholarship fund
“WE ARE CREATED TO CARRY HIS LIGHT TO THOSE AMONGST US. SHOW LOVE, PATIENCE, HAPPINESS FOR OTHERS, PEACE, QUIET.”
About Carmen Bernal
Carmen Bernal (1954-2022) became a caregiver at the young age of eleven, helping her father to raise her three younger siblings. Born in France and brought to the UNited States at just under The age of one, Carmen was raised in southern California. After graduating high school, she and her best friend had the BRILLIANT NOTION to become nurses, neither of them knowing this would be their LIFELONG cALLING. After marrying her husband to be for 45 years, the pair moved to oregon where they raised four children. For the next 30 years, carmen worked in a variety of care settings, including In hospitals, as a home health nurse for patients with disabilities, a teacher and special education aide, private and family practice, and at the VA.
The goal of the ‘Carmen Bernal Compassionate Nursing Scholarship’ is to support eager, patient centered, and compassionate nursing students from rural Glide, Oregon. Throughout her career, CARMEN demonstrated authentic, heartfelt compassion for her patients and those in her care. Regardless of personal hurdles, Carmen was quick to adapt to various environments to provide the best possible care. She was generous with her time and energy for both her patients and her colleagues. Despite an enduring battle with cancer, and true to her heart of service, Carmen continued to work as a nurse during treatments, providing for others the care that they deserved while facing her own health struggles.
Carmen was not only devoted to her passion of nursing, but also raised four children who graduated from Glide HIGH SCHOOL, and was a caregiver for her four young grandchildren. Patients, colleagues, and community members alike remember Carmen as an inspiration in the way that she connected with other humans, dedicated her life in service of others, approached the world with humility, and in always searching for the good in the world. This Scholarship is named the “Carmen Bernal Compassionate Nursing Scholarship” to honor the extraordinary compassionate values embodied by Carmen Bernal throughout her career and life.
COMPASSION IN ACTION
as a youth, i spent many hours with my mama in her places of work. Watching her interact with her patients or special education students, i was always aware of the energy she transferred from her body to theirs. she was 100% invested in the people she was caring for; present always to what their needs were. she always put the patient first, they weren’t a number in a chart or a burden. i truly believe she had a purpose on this earth to use her strength to care for those around her that needed help. she took her responsibility to heart – and there she carried the weight of the world.
-Noella bernal, daughter
MY MOM LET HER COMPASSION DRIVE HER FEARLESS LIFE AND CAREER IN NURSING. HER COMPASSION FOR OTHERS FORMED THE BASIS OF HER LIFELONG COMMITMENTS OF NURSING, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS. I REMEMBER AT A YOUNG AGE SEEING HER RUN TOWARD DANGER TO HELP OTHERS NEEDING MEDICAL CARE, AND USING HER COMPASSION AS HER SOURCE OF STRENGTH AND ACTIONABLE LOVE THROUGH MUCH OF LIFE’S CHALLENGES. AT A YOUNG AGE, I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO WORK ALONGSIDE MY MOM IN THE MEDICAL SETTING, AND WITNESS THE CARE AND COMPASSION THAT SHE BALANCED WITH HER TALENTS AND SKILLS TO BE AN EFFECTIVE NURSE AND A TRUSTED AND CARING COLLEAGUE. HER GENTLE FIRMNESS WAS RESPECTED BECAUSE SHE GAVE SO MUCH TO HER PATIENTS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY. HER COMPASSION EVEN SHOWN AS SHE BECAME A PATIENT HERSELF, NEVER FORGETTING TO TELL HER CAREGIVERS HOW DIFFICULT CAREGIVING CAN BE, AND HOW THANKFUL SHE WAS. WE COULD SEE THE UNDERSTANDING AND SELFLESSNESS SHE PRACTICED THROUGHOUT HER LIFE LEAD TO AN ACTIONABLE, COMPASSIONATE LOVE FOR THOSE AROUND HER, EVEN IN HER VERY LAST MOMENTS. I KNOW MANY PEOPLE SHE HAS TOUCHED THROUGHOUT HER LIFE WILL STRIVE TO BE MORE CARING AND COMPASSIONATE PEOPLE BECAUSE OF HER ACTIONS.
-Autumn bernal, daughter
“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.”
—Tia Walker, author
WHY COMPASSIONATE NURSING
National Nursing Shortage
An HHS study projected that the demand for registered nurses would hit more than 3.6 million by the year 2030. On top of the existing workforce, the field would have needed to add nearly 50,000 new registered nurses each year since 2014 to meet that demand.
The shortage may worsen in part due to who exactly is leaving the profession. Since 2016, registered nurses 25 to 34 years old have accounted for the highest share of the profession by age group. But between May 2020 and May 2021, the number of nurses in that age group declined 5.2%. Those 35 to 44 years old – who make up the second-highest share of nurses – saw their numbers decline at an even higher rate of 7.4.
(Source: US News and World Report, 2017 HHS Report DATA)
Inspiring a New Generation
Compassionate care may be the best medicine, a study suggests. Researchers at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education found that when health care workers approach patients with compassion and kindness, those receiving the care often healed faster and felt less pain and anxiety.
(source: Compassion is Often the Best Medicine: Stanford Study)
Importance of Supporting
In a November 2021 survey of 130 rural hospital leaders by the Chartis Group, a health care advisory firm, nearly all respondents said they were having trouble filling nursing positions.
That is limiting the care some of those hospitals can provide. Nearly half of the survey respondents said they had been forced to turn away patients due to a lack of nurses, and 27 percent reported that they had suspended offering some hospital services altogether for the same reason.
(Source: econ focus, first Quarter 2022)
Where your donations will go:
The SCHOLARShip recipients will be recent or soon-to-be graduates of glide high school. scholarship applications will be reviewed in the spring of 2023 by the scholarship board, operated by glide revitlaization.
Applications Now Open!
The Carmen Bernal Compassionate Nursing Scholarship
Applications close June 1st, 2023 – Awarded July 1st, 2023