2021 HIMSS WA Scholarship Program Awardees
Jessica R. Chang, RN - Graduate Scholarship Awardee
Karen L. Jenkins, RN - Undergraduate Scholarship Awardee
I am a registered nurse (RN), a certified nurse of the operating room (CNOR), and a full-time student starting my final year at Bellevue College in the Healthcare Informatics Bachelor of Applied Science program. My time as an undergraduate student at Bellevue College has allowed me to build upon my competencies as a healthcare provider and introduced me to the field of Nursing Informatics. The 2021 Washington HIMSS scholarship award affords me the time and the opportunity to pursue my goal of integrating Nursing Science with Informatics, where I can continue to work with a diverse group of stakeholders across the care continuum, bridging the gap between clinical and technical perspectives while maintaining focus on patient safety through the communication of data that will improve the quality and safety of healthcare delivery.
Kayla Eaton - Certificate Scholarship Awardee
I am in my second to last semester of my medical coding certificate program at the Walla Walla Community College (WWCC). My time in the medical coding program has allowed me to grow in my knowledge received previously through obtaining my Massage Therapy certificate at Carrington College, Certified Nursing Assistant certificate at Columbia County Health Systems, and Associates Degree in Health Studies from Carrington College and has opened doors for more employment opportunities. I am interested in the field of medical billing and coding for the insight it provides into the unseen side of the medical field. I plan to use my newfound knowledge in everyday life, and to provide insurance billing for my massage clients. As a HIMSS Scholarship recipient, I plan to use my award to purchase school supplies and take opportunities to learn more about how technology influences the medical field.
Micro-Pathways Scholarship Awardee - TBD
Our 2021 HIMSS WA Scholarship Program plans to award this scholarship closer to the end of the year as we continue to partner with Seattle College’s Micro-Pathway in Health IT program launch later in Autumn 2021. Please stand by for more information on this scholarship opportunity.