Friends of Nursing Luncheon, Fashion Show Raises Funds for CHI St. Luke’s Nurses

Friends of Nursing Luncheon, Fashion Show Raises Funds for CHI St. Luke’s Nurses

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For 27 years, the St. Luke’s Foundation Friends of Nursing Chapter has been raising funds to provide fellowships for nurses and nursing students to be able to continue their education, working a reduced schedule while still receiving the benefits of full-time pay at CHI-St. Luke’s Hospital.

This year, seven students were awarded fellowships from the Friends of Nursing. These students were chosen based on letters of recommendation, an essay about what they plan to do in the future and an interview process.

Nicholas Loos, a recipient of the Friends of Nursing fellowship, currently works as a patient care associate at CHI-St. Luke’s. He is also finishing his final semester of nursing school at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

“As an adult, I cannot afford to stop working to go to school,” Loos said. “My aunt who passed away was also a nurse and she inspired me to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse to help others, and I am so thankful for this opportunity to receive this fellowship and become a nurse in the transplant intensive care unit at St. Luke’s.”

Since 1987, Friends of Nursing has awarded over 160 scholarships and fellowships that have helped nurses reach new levels of patient care and professional excellence.

“Nurses are the backbone of our hospital,” said William Brien, M.D., vice president of medical operations and chief clinical officer of CHI-St. Luke’s. “Throughout my career I have learned that a hospital can run for a few days without doctors, but it can for only a few hours without nurses.”

The funds raised at the annual Friends of Nursing Luncheon and Fashion Show at River Oaks Country Club go toward the fellowships nurses receive each year. More than raising funds, the luncheon and fashion show provides an opportunity for nurses and former and current recipients of the scholarship to walk the runway in spring’s latest trends.

“I celebrated my 10-year anniversary with St. Luke’s on March 26, and I am so grateful to them and Friends of Nursing for this fellowship and the opportunity to advance my career,” said Esther Epino, a pharmacy technician and current recipient of the Friends of Nursing fellowship. “Today I am excited to be part of this event and wear expensive shoes and a beautiful dress.”

The Luncheon and Fashion Show featured spring designs from Neiman Marcus for the nearly 300 guests in attendance. Nurses from CHI-St. Luke’s who have received the fellowship from Friends of Nursing modeled their favorite looks from the store for the fashion show.

“Neiman Marcus, especially at the Galleria, we love to be involved in causes that are important to our customers,” said Stacey Swift, public relations manager of Neiman Marcus Houston. “I come from a family of nurses and I have total admiration for what these women do. It has been wonderful working with them for the show.”

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