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Grete H. Cohnen Nursing Scholarship Awards

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2014 Awardee: Allison Duba, CNO

For the last few years the Department of Nursing has had the pleasure of awarding a scholarship to one hard working student furthering their education in Nursing. This scholarship celebrates the life, work, and memory of Grete H. Cohnen. Grete overcame great hardship during WWII, ultimately attaining her nursing diploma and then a career in nursing, always holding a special place in her heart for children.

Allison has worked as a CNA in our float pool since 2012. She is currently enrolled in the Denver School of Nursing’s RN program. In Allison’s own words, she describes her interest in Nursing.

“I became a certified nursing assistant to gain experience and really find out if I had what it took to work in this field.  The impact this field has on people’s lives goes beyond what the average job provides.  Being a CNA is not always glamorous, but the experience furthered my drive to pursue a life career in nursing, something I truly realize I Iove”.  

Allison received letters of recommendation from co-workers. One expressed “Allison is instrumental in day-to –day clinic operations and patient flow. Not only did she work up new patients as they arrived, she went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that every patient she worked with had all they needed and were on time for their appointments. She consistently demonstrated advanced knowledge beyond her years of training, a fantastic bedside manner, and is extremely eager to improve and learn.”

Allison’s drive and ambition has gained respect from her co-workers. Grete Cohnen would be proud her scholarship is going to such a deserving student.

2013 Awardee:

Lindsay Munoz

2011 Awardee:

Rachel Vichorek

2010 Awardee:

Lori McEnaney-Preble, RN 
Holly E. O’Brien, RN