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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Genesis Scholarship Awarded to Mary Ann Breen

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maryann breenAt the July 23, 2007 Genesis HealthCare Nurse Scholars Board meeting, the Board reviewed applications from BC and decided to award the $25,000 scholarship to Mary Ann Breen (pictured in center with Associate Dean Patricia Tabloski and Palliative Care Project Coordinator Katie Tardiff)! Genesis’ decision was based on Mary Ann’s “dedication to geriatrics” marked by her “giftedness with elderly populations.” As recipient of the Genesis HealthCare scholarship award, Mary Ann will not only receive up to $25,000 of tuition, she will also dedicate herself to two years of full time work at a GHC facility following graduation.

Mary Ann, who has worked as both a staff nurse and community health nurse in the Boston area since 1995, is currently a Master’s student employed as a clinical nurse at Cambridge Family Health North, a division of the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, MA. Up until recently, Mary Ann had also worked as a clinical nurse for The Elder Service Plan, a comprehensive program coordinated through the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) designed for frail elders who are nursing home eligible but wish to remain at home.

Mary Ann’s interest in Gerontology developed during her 8 ½ years working for PACE, providing her a unique opportunity to explore the many faces of geriatrics. While working closely with a nurse practitioner and geriatrician, Mary Ann comments that she “learned directly how to care for older adults with multiple health problems. These experiences broadened my vision of the older adults’ experience as I witnessed firsthand their ability to adapt and function in the community.”

As an Advanced Practice Nurse, Mary Ann plans not only to teach undergraduates in the areas of geriatrics and community health, but to remain an active advocate in the community – designing community programs that provide outreach and education for older adults concerning health care issues. In this way, Mary Ann hopes to “positively contribute to the nursing care for older adults.”

Read more about Mary Ann and the Genesis HealthCare Scholarship in the BC Chronicle »