April 2015: HSHS St. John's presents ambulance simulator to LLCC
Inspired to Give
“My mother was a registered nurse, and encouraged everyone through personal motivation and education to strive for their full potential,” says Ms. Balfanz. “The loss of my mother was such a heartbreaking and clarifying experience. I needed to somehow perpetuate the goodness and generosity she shared with everyone, so the nursing scholarship was established in her name.”
Luise Balfanz is a 1984 graduate of St. John’s, which at that time awarded a diploma in nursing. She continued her education with a BSN (1986) and then a MSN in nurse administered anesthesia becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) in 1991. Looking back at her three years (1981 to 1984) of nursing education at St. John’s, Balfanz says they were the best of her career. “We were driven to be expert in our knowledge and delivery of quality patient care, and also reminded of the realities of everyday life, both educationally and spiritually. The instructors were encouraging and dedicated, definitely preparing us with the groundwork to begin a career in nursing.” St. John’s College became a baccalaureate program in 1991 and students receive their BSN upon graduation.
Andrea Kendle is a recipient of the Balfanz scholarship and met Luise Balfanz at the Annual Scholarship Luncheon. Kendle says, “It was such a great honor to receive the Fredericka L. Balfanz Scholarship. The financial assistance it provided was a great help to me in paying for my educational expenses. I appreciated the opportunity to meet Luise Balfanz because it made it more meaningful to get to know the person behind the scholarship. Her mother seems like such a great lady and an inspiration to all. I’d like to thank Luise again for keeping her mother’s spirit alive. It has been a tremendous help to me.”
Ms. Balfanz continues to support nursing education at St. John’s College each year by participating in the Annual Alumni Appeal. In addition, she provides funds to purchase the St. John’s nursing pin for the students who receive her mother’s scholarship.