Year in Review: NFP

Today — and throughout the week leading up to New Year’s day — the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) looks forward to sharing year-in-review highlights. In 2016, the Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP) experienced organizational growth, received and reviewed its highest number of scholarship applications, and visited with nursing students from across the Commonwealth. As PSNA’s supporting philanthropic organization, NFP aims to advance the educational and professional standards of nursing and the nursing profession. NFP is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ (PANO) Seal of Excellence for successfully completing their rigorous Standards for Excellence® accreditation program. Click here to ensure nurses for tomorrow.


For a complete list of 2016’s NFP scholarship recipients, click here.


NFP Awards $28,000 in Scholarships

In June 2016, NFP awarded $28,000 in scholarships to 18 nursing students in Pennsylvania. These scholarships included the: (1) Florence Grady-Fasick Scholarship Fund; (2) NFP Future Nurse Leader; (3) Jack E. Barger, Sr. Scholarship; and (4) Alumni Association Scholarship Fund of the Former Albert Einstein Medical Center Nursing School of Philadelphia. A special “thank you” is extended to the members of NFP’s Scholarship Review Committee: Marilyn Harris, MSN, RN; Margarete Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC; Zane Wolf, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Christine Alichnie, PhD, RN. If you would like information on arranging a scholarship legacy, contact


Meet Alexa Jo Palmer: Albert Einstein Alumni Scholarship Recipient

When asked to share an event that impacted her future career, Alexa didn’t hesitate. She stated: “I’ve done a lot of volunteer work that has influenced my decision to become a nurse. I’ve cooked at the Ronald McDonald house with my mom, handed out snacks at Citizens Bank Park to proceed Philadelphia charities, and held hands at our school’s blood drive. But most importantly, I participated in the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Take Steps walk, where I raised more than $1,300. Next, I was asked to be a Leader in Training at a summer camp with kids who have the same disease that I have. Hearing their stories helped me feel more comfortable with myself. My new-found confidence made me want to go out and advocate for these patients. I wanted people to realize that they are not alone.”


Meet Sierra Annand: Future Nurse Leader Scholarship Recipient

When asked who helped to shape her decision to pursue nursing, Sierra answered: “My mother! As a physical therapist, she experiences the amazing work of nurses on a daily basis. She shared with me the endless possibilities in the nursing field. The workings of the human body always fascinated me and I welcomed the challenge of a strenuous field of study. I believe in caring for the individual, not the disease. With her wisdom and guidance, I applied to nursing school. Throughout my schooling and coursework, I have fallen in love with the profession.”


Exciting Changes Coming to NFP

This year, NFP welcomed a full-time development coordinator — Traci Brown ( NFP will also be seeing new faces added to the Board of Trustees in 2017. In addition, stay tuned to for the unveiling of its new website.

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