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College of Nursing

Eileen Ridgway Outreach Scholarship

Established in May 1996, the Dr. Eileen Ridgway Endowed Nursing Scholarship aims to kindle and fuel leadership development by encouraging student development in community outreach, service, and civic efforts. Dr. Eileen Ridgway served as the dean of the Seattle University College of Nursing from 1968-1977.

2017 Recipients

Aubrey Lawlor

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Aubrey is in her 2nd year as a graduate student in the nurse-midwifery track at Seattle University.

Project: Empowerment of Rainier Valley’s Minority Mother’s Through Illustrations and Translations 

This project was designed to benefit underserved and culturally diverse mothers receiving maternity care at Rainier Valley Community Clinic (RVCC)

Aubrey Lawlor presenting her 2017 Ridgway project at Deans Annual Lecture

Aubrey presenting her project at College of Nursing Dean's Annual Lecture. 

Project Overview:

  1. Needs-based assessment of the maternal health patients we serve through survey and interview
  2. Meetings with community stakeholders to identify the needs to be met through translations and illustrations
  3. Illustrations and translation of prenatal and postpartum informational booklets into the top ten most commonly spoken languages in the Rainier Valley
  4. Survey focus composed of representatives from the identified patient groups and RVCC staff to analyze the effectiveness of the products 

Barbara Obena

Eileen Ridgway Scholar 2017

Barbara is in her first year as a graduate student in the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner track at Seattle University.

Project: Motel-based Medical Respite for Homeless Adults with Acute Medical Conditions Transitioning from Hospital Care

This project was designed to aid homeless adults transitioning out of acute care hospital settings who have ongoing health care needs.

Barbara Obena presenting her 2017 Ridgway project at Deans Annual Lecture

Barbara presenting her project at College of Nursing Dean's Annual Lecture.

Project Overview:

  1. Create of a program to track homeless patients post-discharge to assess for hospital/emergency department usage and housing status
  2. Contribute to a marketing plan to create sustainable funding sources including third-party reimbursement

For more information
Laurie Ramacci Noegel, Director of Development 
(206) 296-2152lrnoegel@seattleu.edu