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May 25 , 2006
DH 06 RH46
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Hospital Awards CSUDH Student, CSUDH Alumna Scholarships
Alumna, a Whittier resident, honored for leadership; Student, of Fullerton, will use funds for education
Carson, CA— An alumna and a current student at California State University, Dominguez Hills were awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships. They were among those receiving scholarships at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier during Nurse Recognition Week, held in conjunction with National Nurses Day, May 6-12.
Teri Pazzulla (Class of ’98, B.S. in Nursing), R.N. B.S.N., of Whittier, was awarded the $6,000 Flo Scott Nursing Leadership Award. Pazzulla has been part of the nursing staff at PIH for the last 30 years, and currently is a Care Center Coordinator. She was joined by the Scott Family, who funded the award, as well as by her own family at the ceremony. The Flo Scott Nursing Leadership Award is given to honor a nurse who is dedicated to the nursing profession and has proven to be a leader among his/her peers.
“I went back to get my bachelor’s degree in nursing through Cal State Dominguez Hills after being an RN for 22 years,” Pazzulla said. “I loved my experience at CSUDH. Not only was it convenient to take Extended Education classes right in my living area, but I was able to take many of the classroom classes right here at PIH.
“Shortly after receiving my BSN, I became the Care Center coordinator at PIH for a busy post-operative floor. Eight years later, I continue to manage and love it,” the honoree said. “I had an instructor at CSUDH who said ‘all nurses need to try management,’ and she was right. I am a middle manager, so I am still able to be clinical at times and enjoy interacting with patients and families.
“Obtaining my BSN has definitely changed me as a nurse. The opportunities are endless. I have grown both personally and professionally. I love being a nurse,” Pazzulla said.
Rachelle Sey, R.N., of Fullerton, was awarded the $4,000 Maryann Gentile Memorial Scholarship. The funds will assist Sey, who is a student at CSU Dominguez Hills, in her pursuit of a master’s degree in hospital-based education. Sey is a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and she has been with PIH for three years.
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