A Scholarship to Work with Purpose

December 6, 2023

In 2020, Lisa Schober, the weekend overnight nurse supervisor at Garden Spot Village, was invited to teach a certified nursing assistant class at the Spanish American Civic Association in Lancaster, through Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). Lisa says, “My students spoke English as a second language and many were immigrants. Through this opportunity, I realized teaching was something I was meant to do. Watching my students, who struggled to speak English, use the universal language of compassion while caring for their residents was something I will never forget.”

Lisa has worked as a registered nurse for the past 25 years. Her first role was as an agency nurse with placements in area hospitals. After about 15 years of active hospital and bedside nursing, Lisa began looking for a slower pace. She was intrigued to find an open position as overnight nurse supervisor at Garden Spot Village. She researched the community carefully before making the switch. She appreciates the person-centered culture of care she has found here.

Teaching the class with HACC inspired Lisa to further her own education and pursue teaching. To equip herself, Lisa enrolled at Western Governors University, with the goal to earn her Master of Science in Nursing by April 2025. Fully online, with accelerated options, Western Governors University allows Lisa to work at a pace that fits her lifestyle. Lisa completed her bachelor of science degree in September 2023.

“I am pursuing a master of science degree” in nursing so that I can teach the next generation of healthcare workers the value of person-centered care. In this season of my life, I believe I have experience and wisdom to impart,” she says. Lisa recently applied for and received a scholarship from Garden Spot, which will help to pay for her online classes. The Kelley family initiated the scholarship in 2018 in honor of Pat Kelley.

“I am so thankful for this scholarship and for the tuition assistance I receive from Garden Spot. I’m able to pursue the next step in my career without a lot of student debt,” Lisa says. She plans to continue in her role at Garden Spot Village even after she graduates and begins teaching at a local college. She believes it is important to share what we learn through caring for others each day.

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