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Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars

Class of 2012-2015


Inaugural UW Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars 2012-2015

The Nursing Aspire Program began in 2012 with the four students pictured (l-r): Elinor Simpson, Margaret McDonnell, Madison Vigil and Amber Wright. Read about the students below and click on their name for their full story.


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Margaret McDonnell, Inaugural Marcia Dale Aspire Scholar

Update: graduated 5/2015. Employed by Poudre Valley Hospital, CO. / "Applying for Aspire was an easy decision. I knew from the beginning I didn't just want to be a nurse: I wanted to be a nurse who made an impact and could make a difference in the nursing profession. I wanted to be a leader. As one of the first grads of the program, Aspire has made me realize that nurses are a very powerful force. We are the ones at the bedside giving direct patient care; so many rely on us for feedback. It is our responsibility to advocate for our patients. As nurses, we have the ability to act on things we believe need to change in order to better our healthcare system. It takes a leader to act and make changes possible." [Click on McDonnell's name above for more.]

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Elinore Simpson, Inaugural Marcia Dale Aspire Scholar

Update: graduated 5/2015. Employed by East Alabama Medical Center ICU-Step Down Unit. / "I applied for Aspire because I wanted to be engaged in the nursing community as early in my career as possible... being in Aspire has given me an insider's view into the nursing profession, cementing my commitment to becoming a leader in my field...As one of the first Aspire grads, I can describe Aspire as a program for personal and professional growth. Aspire provides students with the tools and resources to be successful, mindful, and professional. The program offers a network of support and multiple opportunities for mentorship and guidance." [Click on Simpson's name above for more.]

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Madison Vigil, Inaugural Marcia Dale Aspire Scholar

Update: graduated 5/2015. Employed by Denver Children's Hospital / "Aspire provided me with invaluable opportunities to develop leadership skills and prepare to become a leader in the nursing field. I met amazing nursing professionals who are able to mentor me through my education and beyond... As one of the first Aspire grads, I reflect on the opportunity I was given to attend the American Nurses Association Quality Conference, where nurses from around the country presented seminars about improving quality care. It was inspiring to see nurses who recognized issues and did research to try to improve these issues. They motivated me to be actively involved in my patients' care, invested in their well-being." [Click on Vigil's name above for more.]

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Amber Wright, Inaugural Marcia Dale Aspire Scholar

Update: graduated 5/2015. Employed by Mayo Clinic. / Through Aspire I have been given an opportunity to develop my leadership skills, so that I can one day be a great leader in nursing. As one of the first Aspire grads, I must say that the events in which I participated have helped me grow as a leader, and have provided me with many nurse role models. I have been invited to attend events specifically for Aspire students that have broadened my nursing knowledge, developed my leadership skills further, and have helped me grow as a nurse. The opportunities Aspire offers its members are outstanding!" [Click on Wright's name above for more.]

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