Slaman Scholarship encourages healthcare, nursing education
Theresa Braudt Receives Scholarship
"As a nurse, mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend, I am so accustomed to assisting others, I have to recognize the importance of taking care of myself."
Theresa Braudt, RN, has taken this advice to heart in her work at Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics, especially since Nov. 2, 2015.
"It was an utter shock and devastating obstacle that landed in the middle of my life," Theresa says of the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
After the initial jolt, Theresa sprang into action. She had a double mastectomy in December 2015, and received breast reconstruction in 2016, all while sharing with colleagues and patients the importance of breast examinations and advocating for their care.
"Just a few months ago, a patient shared with me she found a lump during a self-breast exam, had it confirmed with her provider, and it was diagnosed at the earliest stage of breast cancer," Theresa says. "She and I cried, and she thanked me for 'saving her life' just by sharing my story."
Theresa is motivated by the education she provides patients, but her own educational and professional goals of pursuing a master's degree in Leadership and Management needed support during her breast cancer treatment. The Slaman Family Memorial Scholarship – available to Gundersen Boscobel employees and their spouses or dependents – has helped support Theresa towards her goals.
"We established the scholarship in memory of our mothers – Elizabeth Slaman and Antoinette "Toni" Nichols – who were both patients at the former Boscobel Area Health Care Hospital and nursing home," say Sam and Karen Slaman. "Boscobel has been our home since 1967. We hope this scholarship will help recipients meet their medical goals in order to provide quality medical care to the patients they serve."
"As an administrative leader of patient care services, I am passionate about continued education," Theresa says. "Additional knowledge and keeping up to date with healthcare changes and expectations is imperative to sustainability and growth at Gundersen Boscobel. I look forward to being a leader who will accomplish this journey and lead by example in effort to demonstrate to my fellow nurses that this can be achieved, while supporting their continuing education."
"I am a native to Boscobel, and I am very proud of this community," Theresa continues. "I am so grateful for the Slaman family's generosity in supporting this scholarship, healthcare and the patients we serve."
The Slaman Family Memorial Scholarship is available to Gundersen Boscobel employees and their spouses or dependents. Applications are available through the Administration office at Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics - 205 Parker Street in Boscobel.