CONWAY — Kimberly Proulx has already accomplished many things. She's a certified health and wellness coach, a cardiac and pulmonary exercise specialist, a runner, teacher, wife and mom of two. Now she's on her way to one more goal. One she's dreamed of for a very long time. She's going to become a nurse.
Proulx is the recipient of the Kathleen Sheehan Memorial Scholarship, presented annually by Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice. Director Sandy Ruka said the $1,000 annual award program was established in honor of the late Kathleen Sheehan, RN, a dedicated nurse and long-time member of the agency's staff.
"I love the idea of nurses being the backbone of the health-care field," Proulx wrote in her scholarship essay. "Nurses take on so many roles, working independently and as part of a team."
Ruka said the scholarship committee was extremely impressed with Proulx. "Kim wrote passionately about her lifelong commitment to health and wellness," Ruka said. "She's learned so much already and we're excited to help her realize her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse."
Proulx's career has followed her strong interest in fitness and training. She has an undergraduate degree in movement science, sport and leisure studies and a master's in athletic training. She taught health at Kennett High School for six years and worked as an athletic trainer around the area. After having children, Proulx took her skills as an exercise specialist to Memorial Hospital's Heart Health & Wellness Department where she has worked for five years.
Proulx is entering the nursing program at White Mountains Community College this fall. "Receiving the acceptance letter was such a highlight for me," she wrote. "I could finally see my dream coming true." She plans to have her RN certification in two years and then complete a bachelor's in nursing (BSN).
"We feel Kim exemplifies the values Kathy Sheehan thought were important," Ruka said of the selection. "Like Kathy, Kim has a strong connection to the local community and a sincere commitment to nursing."
Gail Boucher, Anita Nitz and Rosalie Miles, all of whom worked with Sheehan during her time at Visiting Nurse, make up the scholarship selection committee.
Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization licensed by the states of New Hampshire and Maine, a Medicare-certified home health agency and a Medicare-certified hospice. For more information about the agency's services, call (603) 356-7006 or visit www.VNHCH.org.
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