Nursing scholarship winner has deep compassion for all living things09/13/17 01:50:pm
Allison McDonald has been an experiential therapist in Oconomowoc for two and a half years. Like many of the Rogers employees who have chosen this work, she grew up as some who cared for others through babysitting, volunteering and connecting with classmates who had special needs.
Now she wants to use her empathy and strong drive to make a difference in a career in nursing.
Allison shares the kind of experience that motivates her: “As a group facilitator I lead initiatives to encourage self-esteem growth and emotional regulation skills, in addition to empowering them to discover their purpose and to want to live and cope with their mental illness. I remember one patient in particular who came to our hospital after a suicide attempt. Throughout her ten day stay with us I watched her slowly begin to participate in her treatment and show willingness to step outside of her comfort zone. On her last day, I led a high ropes challenge course activity. While forty feet up in the air, feeling very vulnerable she announced, “I am amazed because I never thought I was capable of completing this climb or much of anything.” She cried that she was “willing to let go of self-doubt.” It was exhilarating and heartwarming to watch her grow in such a short time. I feel blessed providing patients the opportunity to discover their own potential and determination.”
Now she wants to serve in a leadership role on the treatment team and become an extraordinary nurse. She adds, “Nurses are often known as the patient’s strongest advocate and I look forward to a career in which I can be just that…It is evident I share Roger Behavior Health System’s vision to ensure patients and families have access to quality care and are able to experience a life worth living.”
Allison started at Edgewood College in Madison in August and says this life-changing scholarship will allow her to receive an everlasting education that she can use to give back to the patients of Rogers Behavioral Health.