Nurses Shine Bright

Becky Memmini and Kathy Romano

NorthShore nurses Becky Memmini (left) and Kathy Romano

Becky Memmini, 53, and Kathy Romano, 31, are at different points in their lives but they share a bond as NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Registered Nurses (RNs). Memmini, an RN for 32 years, works with NorthShore Home Care Services and is close to completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN). Romano has been an RN for seven years and just finished her BSN a few months ago while continuing as a floor nurse at NorthShore Evanston Hospital.

Both are benefiting from NorthShore's Nursing STARs Scholarship Program, which provides nearly 30 scholarships each year to nurses pursuing and completing advanced nursing degrees. The Program allows patients and donors to Say Thanks And Recognize NorthShore's remarkable nurses, while also helping to fund nursing scholarships. Memmini and Romano say furthering their education makes them better nurses and greatly contributes to NorthShore being the best place for patients to receive exceptional care.  

“This scholarship has been a godsend because I’m a nurse 24 hours a week and the rest of the time taking classes to finish my degree,” said Memmini, who has two grown children. “I’m lucky to be able to focus on my studies and get my degree, which is something I’ve always wanted to do to stay on top in the field.”

“I saw this as a great opportunity to continue my education and become more skilled at what I do,” said Romano of the scholarship that helped support her ability to further her education. “I hope to continue on and get my Master’s Degree in Nursing. NorthShore has Magnet recognition and every care provider is expected to be exceptional,” she explained.

In fact, the American Nurses Credentialing Center recognized NorthShore as a Magnet hospital, an honor bestowed to select healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing and high standards in patient care. NorthShore is the first organization in Illinois to receive this designation as a system.

National Nurses Week starts May 6: consider making a gift in honor of a Nursing STAR who has touched your life.

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