An Illinois nurse creates a scholarship to support future leaders in health care

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Ruth Boughman Oesch, a former nurse Bloomington-Normal, Il., is offering a $50,000 scholarship to future innovators in healthcare through Redbirds Rising:

The Campaign for Illinois State.

An initiative of the Illinois State University (ISU), Redbirds Rising is aimed at creating learning and financial opportunities for ISU students, and represents a positive development in Illinois health care news.

To qualify for The Ruth A. Oesch Endowed Scholarship, students must own a Registered Nurse license and be pursuing a degree in nursing.

Oesch, who grew up in a low-income family said she experienced the power of scholarships first-hand. “I was the oldest of four children,” she said. “It helped my parents and I a great deal. Without my scholarship, I don’t know whether I would have been able to complete my degree work.”

Oesch went on to become a nurse in Bloomington-Normal, Il. All throughout her career, she has been continuously giving back to her community. Not only did she turn a doctor’s lounge into the first post-operative recovery room in the Bloomington-Normal area, but she also helped to develop the community’s first Intensive Care Unit.


Oesch hopes her donation will supply the health care system with highly skilled medical professionals.

“I want to do something to ensure that as I get older and my family gets older, there are well-educated nurses to help us with everything we encounter as we become consumers of healthcare,” Oesch said.

This article comes from JGBilling

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