In the spirit of inspiring the exceptional caregivers of the future, Cherokee Uniforms has kept the A Nurse I Am scholarship an annual tradition for over ten years. Each year, a prompt is provided for nursing students to submit a 300-word essay. In 2017, more than 4000 students applied!
Twelve years ago, I order to address the number of nurses leaving the field within their first few years in practice, and to inspire nurses going into the profession, Cherokee Uniforms produced two films that shared the same name: A Nurse I Am. One, a 32-minute educational film, features four nursing role models who received the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award in recognition of their immense dedication, compassion, intelligence, and skill – all outstanding examples of the qualities demonstrated by nurses and other healthcare professionals every day.
The second film, a 62-minute documentary, chronicles the personal and professional lives of three of the nurses featured in the educational version. This documentary reveals what motivates these three to pursue excellence in every aspect of their clinical practice, whether meeting the needs of children with cancer, the medically underserved of Appalachia, or patients at an urban hospital, while they maintain personal balance in the midst of high-pressure careers.
Years later, the A Nurse I Am project lives on with our scholarship. Click here to apply for the 2018 scholarship. We’re honored to recognize your hard work, both in school and in all the achievements to come.