Nurse Leader Stacey Winter Found Her Career Adventure Close to Home

Stacey remembers a time when she thought her career dreams would take her to far-off places. But as her friends graduated and moved away, Stacey moved just a few miles away to Lena.

She began working at FHN Memorial Hospital as a certified nursing assistant (CNA), caring for patients in the skilled care unit on the overnight shift. After working three years as a CNA, Stacey was accepted into FHN’s scholarship program, which provided financial support as she pursued her goal of becoming a registered nurse.

Stacey added to her experience in a variety of specialties, working with FHN’s surgical, intensive care, and gastrointestinal (GI) teams. While she grew her resume, she also advanced her education; another FHN scholarship program allowed her to work and supported her while she began her bachelor’s degree locally at Highland Community College. In 2011, she graduated with her education in nursing from Lewis University in Romeoville.

After witnessing how the pandemic challenged healthcare workers and even stretched them to their limits, she felt special concern for young nurses who were beginning their career when COVID-19 struck. She wants to help them the way her mentors have helped her.

Now, with more than 20 years of healthcare experience under her belt, Stacey is making another big leap, stepping into the role of Nursing Operations Leader for the Telemetry and Intensive Care teams at FHN
Memorial Hospital in Freeport. In her supervisory role, Stacey draws on her decades of patient care to support and empower her team.

“I always thought I’d be a bedside nurse, but I see this as a great avenue to help inspire other nurses.”


2022 Scholarships

FHN is proud to offer a number of scholarships for students pursuing careers in healthcare. Please read the description of each scholarship carefully, then download and apply for the one(s) that fit you.


Healthcare Career Scholarship Program

To uphold the Mission of FHN and services we provide in our communities through the support of future healthcare professionals, FHN is providing up to three $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing specific healthcare careers.

Deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.

Applications will be accepted from any student residing in FHN's service area and currently enrolled in an accredited program of study involving the following healthcare careers:

  • Behavioral Health (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Social Work)

  • Certified Medical Assistant

  • Health Information Management (HIM)

  • Imaging (Cardiac, Diagnostic or Vascular Ultrasound, CT Technology, MRI, or Nuclear Medicine)

  • Information Technology (with a focus on healthcare)

  • Medical Technologist (MT), Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), Clinical Laboratory Scientist, and Medical Laboratory Scientist

  • Nursing (Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN))

  • Pharmacist

  • Rehabilitation Services (Physical Therapist (PT), Occupational Therapist (OT), Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA), Speech Language Pathologist (SLP))

  • Benefit-eligible staff of FHN may not apply.

    To apply:

    Complete the application form
    Provide evidence of a current GPA of 3.0 or better
    Participate in an interview, if selected as a finalist
    Submit a typed, approximately 500-word essay responding to the following question:
    Why did you choose your career path, what have you done to support it, and how would it benefit FHN's service area?

    All entries will become the property of FHN and will not be returned.

    Funds will be disbursed to the winning students' college or university to be applied toward expenses for the Spring 2023 term.

    Dates to Remember:

    Deadline for applications submission – Friday, September 2, 2022
    Finalist interviews conducted October thru November 2022
    Winners announced and funds disbursed in December 2022

    For more information, call FHN Human Resources at 815-599-6336 or email cboeke@fhn.org.

     

    Volunteer Resources Scholarship Program

    One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in a fully accredited college with a major in a healthcare field. The student MUST be an active member of the FHN Student Volunteer Program with a minimum of 40 career hours.

    Deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.

    Applications will be accepted from any student currently enrolled in his or her senior year of high school or in an undergraduate program of study leading to a healthcare career.

    To apply:

    Complete the application form
    Provide evidence of a current GPA of 3.0 or better
    Participate in an interview, if selected as a finalist
    Submit a typed, double-spaced one-page essay on the topic:
    Why did you choose your career path, and how has your volunteer experience at FHN contributed to your personal career goals?

    All entries will become the property of FHN and will not be returned. Essays will be evaluated on writing style including grammar and spelling, along with creativity and originality.

    A check will be made payable to the winning student's college or university and mailed to the student. Monies must be applied to direct expenses for the current year's term(s).

    Dates to Remember:

    Deadline for applications submission – Friday, September 2, 2022
    Finalist interviews conducted October thru November 2022
    Winners announced and funds disbursed in December 2022

    For more information on becoming a volunteer at one of FHN's facilities, contact FHN Volunteer Services at 815-599-6752.

    For more information about this scholarship, call Carol Boeke in FHN Human Resources at 815-599-6336 or email cboeke@fhn.org.

     

    Diversity Healthcare Career Scholarship

    At FHN, our effectiveness at using the talents of people of different backgrounds, experience and perspectives is key to successfully achieving our mission and strategic business objectives.

    To uphold the Mission of FHN and services we provide in our communities through the support of future healthcare professionals, FHN is providing a $1,000 diversity scholarship opportunity to students pursuing specified healthcare careers.

    Deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.

    Applications will be accepted from any minority student2 residing in FHN's service area3 currently enrolled in an accredited program4 of study involving the following healthcare careers:

  • Behavioral Health (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Social Work)

  • Certified Medical Assistant

  • Health Information Management (HIM)

  • Imaging (Cardiac, Diagnostic or Vascular Ultrasound, CT Technology, MRI, or Nuclear Medicine)

  • Information Technology (with a focus on healthcare)

  • Medical Technologist (MT), Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), Clinical Laboratory Scientist, and Medical Laboratory Scientist

  • Nursing (Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN))

  • Pharmacist

  • Rehabilitation Services (Physical Therapist (PT), Occupational Therapist (OT), Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA), Speech Language Pathologist (SLP))

  • Benefit-eligible staff of FHN may not apply

    To apply:

    Complete the application form
    Provide evidence of a current GPA of 3.0 or better
    Participate in an interview, if selected as a finalist
    Submit a typed, approximately 500-word essay responding to the following question:
    Why did you choose your career path, what have you done to support it, and how would it benefit FHN's service area?

    All entries will become the property of FHN and will not be returned.

    Funds will be disbursed to the winning students' college or university to be applied toward expenses for the Spring 2023 term.

    Dates to Remember:

    Deadline for applications submission – Friday, September 2, 2022
    Finalist interviews conducted October thru November 2022
    Winners announced and funds disbursed in December 2022

    For more information, call FHN Human Resources at 815-599-6336.

    1. At all times, FHN reserves the right to determine whether the one (1) scholarship opportunity is to be awarded based upon its review of the applications received. FHN also reserves the right to determine qualifications/eligibility. A minority student selected to receive the scholarship shall be responsible for all tax consequences arising from the scholarship.
    2. A "minority student" is an individual who is either African American/Black (a person having origins in any of the black racial groups in Africa); Hispanic American (a person of Spanish or Portuguese culture with origins in Mexico, South or Central America, or the Caribbean Islands, regardless of race); Asian American (a person with origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and the Pacific Islands (including, among others, Hawaii, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia); or Native American (a person who is a member of a federally or state recognized Indian tribe, or whose parents or grandparents have such membership, including native people of Alaska).
    3. For purposes of this program, the "service area" includes Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Carroll, Ogle and Winnebago counties in Illinois.
    4. In order to be eligible, the minority student must be currently enrolled in an accredited program of study involving the noted healthcare careers and/or have otherwise declared their major in such a career and are taking courses in furtherance of that major.