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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Connell students awarded scholarships at NAPNAP conference

Rebecka Evans MS'08 received the Reckitt Benckiser Student Scholarship and Karina Newinsky MS'08 received the NAPNAP/McNeil Scholarship at the recent National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference in Nashville.


Two Connell School students have been presented with scholarships at the recent National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Karina Newinsky MS’08 was awarded the NAPNAP/McNeil Scholarship and Rebecka Evans MS’08 received with the Reckitt Benckiser Student Scholarship. Both scholarships are offered to promising PNP graduate students who are NAPNAP members.

After receiving her BS from the University of Connecticut magna cum laude in 2003, Karina Newinsky worked at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center on the Hematology/Oncology unit and Children’s Hospital Boston on the Bone Marrow Transplant unit. A member of Sigma Theta Tau and APHON, Newinsky spent the past three summers working as a staff nurse at a camp for children with life threatening illnesses.

Rebecka Evans received her BS in Nursing and a BA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, going on to work as a pediatric RN at Children’s Hospital in Philidelphia, then as a travel RN at various hospitals in California and Boston. Evans plans to return to Boston College in the fall for a Post-Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing. An accomplished artist, Evans hopes to find ways to integrate her passion for art into her nursing career.

NAPNAP is the professional association for PNPs and other advanced practice pediatric nurses. The organization strives to provide optimal health for children by providing funding, education, and research opportunities, influencing legislation, and distributing educational materials. The annual conference is an opportunity for PNPs to strengthen their clinical skills and expand their knowledge about the health care conditions that affect children.