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Blust and Mazur earn Esther Little nursing scholarships

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Judy Alder, manager of community philanthropy, Gettysburg Hospital Foundation, left, and Esther Little, second from right, recently presented Esther Little nursing scholarships to Andrea Blust, RN, second from left, and Audrey Mazur of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, right.

Duo exemplifies the face of nursing at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital

Andrea (Andi) Blust and Audrey Mazur are this year’s recipients of Esther G. Little Nursing Scholarships.

Blust, a RN at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, will use her scholarship toward pursuing her MSN as a clinical nurse educator.

Since 2005, Blust has worked as a phlebotomist, nursing assistant and RN.

“Andi is kind and caring to her patients as well as her peers,” wrote one of her nominators. “She goes above and beyond for her patients, from a simple gesture such as holding their hand, supplying a blanket to the complexity of identifying deteriorating symptoms of her patients.

“She is kind to the families of patients and ensures they are informed of the care that their family member is receiving. Andi is a hardworking professional nurse, striving to improve patient outcomes.”

Blust said she wants to be a clinical nurse educator to be able to help guide nurses in learning best practices, lead them in new changes and assist them in improving current practices.

“Teaching undergraduate nursing students has been an aspiration of mine,” she said. “Nursing students will always be the future of health care, and I want to be part of their education. I want to help guide them to becoming great nurses.”

Mazur is a PRN operating room assistant at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. She will use her scholarship toward acquiring her RN degree from Harrisburg Area Community College.

In addition to her academic preparations to become a RN, she recently completed a year of volunteer service in the WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital operating rooms.

“Volunteering has enabled me to gain valuable experience and to confirm that this is the setting in which I most want to work upon graduation,” offered Mazur.

“Audrey has been a dedicated and dependable volunteer,” said Laurie Woods, coordinator of volunteer services at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. “The Surgical Services staff relies on Audrey to assist with a variety of patient care responsibilities. She consistently provides caring and compassionate customer service to our patients, families and staff.”

Mazur said her long-range goal is to become a surgical program coordinator, which would permit her to combine clinical practice, administrative knowledge and a passion for patient education.

Adams County philanthropist Esther Little established the endowed nursing scholarship with Gettysburg Hospital Foundation in 2008 to support WellSpan employees and volunteers pursuing or furthering a career in nursing.

“The pool of applicants was excellent this year, and we were fortunate to give two scholarships thanks to Esther’s generosity,” said Judy Alder, the foundation’s manager of community philanthropy. “Andi and Audrey exemplify the face of nursing at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital.”

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