After 25 years in a rewarding nursing career, Sandra (Sandie) Lindberg enrolled in the School of Nursing’s online RN-BSN program. Due to tightening standards in the health care industry, Sandie recognized the necessity of returning to post-secondary education in order to increase the opportunity for advancement in her field. Because of the generosity of the James M. Johnston Trust scholarship, she has been able to take time out from her career to focus on her studies.
“Before I was gifted with the scholarship, I was facing the inability to finance my education,” says Sandie. “I was also awarded a Pell Grant, so by the grace of these two contributions, my first and second terms were covered. I was thrilled that somebody thought I deserved this chance. The generosity of the James M. Johnston Trust for Charitable and Educational Purposes was beyond my imagination and gratitude.”
As a veteran of primarily acute-care hospital nursing, Sandie is interested in returning to direct patient care with more of a management or leadership role. “The jury is still out on the locale or type of institution, because there are a wide range of options to choose from,” she says. “When I move closer to graduation, I’m positive the right opportunity will evolve.”—Mary Follin