ReidsIn appreciation for the excellent nursing care each has received during hospital stays over the years, Bob and Jean Reid of Bellingham have made a donation to the School of Nursing which is the largest in its history. The Robert and Jean Reid Endowment Fund will provide scholarship support to both undergraduate and graduate students who would not otherwise be able to pursue a nursing career. According to Dean Nancy Woods, the gift comes at a critical juncture in the field of nursing."This year, the School increased its undergraduate admissions and expanded its graduate program options in response to local and national nursing shortages. A gift on the scale of the Reids’ will be truly transformative as we address issues related to this shortage in the years to come. Not only will it provide opportunities for more students to pursue nursing careers, it will also make a tremendous difference in the communities these students will one day serve."
In choosing to make this gift, Mrs. Reid stated that they were "impressed with the devotion nurses have to their profession." Without financial assistance, many bright and talented individuals drawn to nursing careers by the kind of personal commitment that so impressed the Reids would be unable to pursue their dreams. Perhaps more than any other career, nursing is a labor of love, attracting people who tend to be actively involved in serving the less fortunate in their communities. By helping those who dedicate their lives to helping others —both through their work and through generous volunteerism—Jean and Bob Reid have put into motion an ever-widening spire of human betterment.
At a tour of the School and luncheon honoring the Reids’ gift, two nursing students who are currently receiving scholarships from other sources talked about the difference that financial support has made in pursuing their goals. Mrs. Reid commented that the specialized training observed in the School’s learning labs was "not unlike a real hospital" where teams of nurses now care for patients.
"Clearly, there is important work taking place here," she said.