Alison Arrowood, center, accepts congratulations for winning the Esther G. Little Nursing Scholarship from Judy Alder, manager of community philanthropy, Gettysburg Hospital Foundation, left, and Esther G. Little, right.
Alison Arrowood, a registered nurse in the WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Emergency Department, is this year’s recipient of the $1,000 Esther G. Little Nursing Scholarship.
Arrowood will apply her scholarship toward earning her MSN at Jacksonville University in Education.
“Emergency Nursing is my passion,” said Arrowood. “I feel what I have learned makes the greatest impact in this type of nursing.
“I love working with new upcoming nurses. With the additional skills I will learn in obtaining my master’s, I will continue to teach the newest of our nursing students, helping them to become part of a team with their skills, teamwork and critical thinking.”
Arrowood said her goal is to work as a clinical educator in the Emergency Department.
A staff member who recommended Alison for the scholarship wrote, “Alison goes above and beyond for her patients, from a simple gesture such as holding their hand, supplying them with a blanket and wiping a tear from a crying child’s eye.”
She added, “While Alison assists in performance improvement on a daily basis in the Emergency Department, her passion is obvious as she mentors and coaches the entire team on current initiatives. Even if the department is achieving benchmark results, she consistently strives for 100 percent goals.”
Another staff member wrote, “Alison acts in both the mentor and preceptor role in the Emergency Department. She is respected by her colleagues and peers as well as leaders throughout the hospital.”
Arrowood is an active participant and leader in shared-decision making, A3 projects and the redesign of processes in the Emergency Department. She is also a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) nurse in the Emergency Department.
“Alison is an excellent example of the importance of scholarship support for continuing nursing education,” said Judy Alder, manager, community philanthropy, Gettysburg Hospital Foundation.
“It is through the generosity of donors like Esther Little that our staff can access funding support to further their nursing careers and make a difference in our community.”