DeMers Awarded Nursing Scholarship


The Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation has awarded Amanda DeMers, Rugby, the 2022 Carol Shively Memorial Scholarship.
DeMers plans to use the $500 scholarship to continue her education obtaining her Associate Degree in Nursing through Dakota College at Bottineau. DeMers, who previously completed her LPN, will graduate in May from DCB as a RN.
“I worked through the pandemic which was also a challenge itself for healthcare workers everywhere” DeMers wrote in her application. “I still had the desire to make a bigger impact in helping people.” DeMers added, “I want to be the nurse that makes a difference in a patient’s hospital stay, the nurse that makes them say their hospital stay was just a little bit better.”
DeMers started work at HAMC in 2019 in the acute wing, surgical department, EMS and long-term care. “Amanda has worked in several departments at HAMC and was absolutely key to the long-term care center surviving our COVID outbreak. She was the first nurse to join me in the COVID unit. She is a hard worker, dedicated, smart, organized and a leader,” noted Becky Hershey.
The scholarship selection committee consisted of Josh Mattson, GSHS Foundation board chairman, Patricia Paul, GSHS Foundation board secretary, Julie Baustad, RN, and HAMC directors of nursing Becky Hershey, Jana Michels and Kelly Clements.
The Carol Shively Memorial Scholarship was created in 2003 by friends and family of Carol Shively, a HAMC employee and nursing student who died in an accident. Since that time, approximately 13 nursing students have been awarded the scholarship. Preference is given students with roots in the Rugby area and/or who are, or hope to become, Good Samaritan Hospital Association employees.


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Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation Director Darcie Rose presents Amanda DeMers, the 2022 Carol Shively Memorial Scholarship.