Congratulations to the following Scholarship and Grant Awardees and

Contest Winners!



Edna Mason Memorial TNA Conference Scholarship

Jennifer Kitkowski, BSN, RN, OCN

It was an honor to have been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Edna Mason Scholarship! I learned so much at the TNA Annual Conference that benefits my practice as a bedside RN, as well as my future as an APN. It was an excellent opportunity to network with other nurses in the state as well. Thank you so much for providing me with this opportunity. Kitkowski is a member of TNA District 1.

Amount: $250.


TNF’s TNA District Educational Scholarships


TNA District 1 – Jennifer  “Jenn” Dolgoff, PhD, RN, FAAIDD

Foundation Scholarship for 2018, I want to tell you how grateful I am for this generous scholarship and the opportunity to thank Tennessee Nurses Association District 1 for this financial support.

I obtained my BSN degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2002. I am currently working as a graduate research assistant and beginning my fourth year as a full-time Nursing Science PhD student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. My dissertation focuses on adolescent personal factors and family environmental influences as predictors of adolescent asthma self-management.

After graduation, I plan to complete post-doctoral studies focusing on pediatric chronic disease self-management, community-based participatory research, and health policy. My future program of research will focus on health disparities, family and community health, quality of life, and personal and collective efficacy.

I greatly appreciate this TNA scholarship. It will help supplement the limited stipend I receive as a graduate research assistant and support my continued full-time work on my dissertation.

Amount received: $1,000


TNA District 2 

Lauryn Hopper                

Amount received: $500

Tiffany Saunders, BSN, RN               

Amount received: $500


TNA District 3 – Jessica Eckenrode, MSN, RN

“I want to thank TNA District 3 for this educational scholarship. I am very appreciative of the TNA District

support from the Tennessee Nurses Foundation, as I am starting my PhD program this fall.”

Amount received: $1,000



TNA District 4 – Sydney Harris            

Amount received: $1,000


TNA District 6 – Katherine Kubicek           

Amount received: $1,000



2017 Scholarly Writing Contest Winner

Bethany Sanders, Faculty Nurse Midwife. Nursing School. A (Vanderbilt University/Steve Green)

Bethany Domzal Sanders, CNM, MSN

“Thank you to the Tennessee Nurses Foundation for the opportunity to write about and share my passion for a program that I truly believe is helping to shape future nurse leaders within our state. It is a privilege to work alongside and mentor student nurses while improving access to prenatal care. I would also like to express my gratitude for the generous prize, which will help offset academic expenses as I continue to pursue my doctoral degree in nursing.”


Click HERE to read Ms. Sanders’ article, The Impact of Student-Run Clinics on the Development of Nurse Leaders


Amount received: $1,000 plus a FREE one-year membership in both the Tennessee Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.





Tennessee Action Coalition

The Tennessee Action Coalition has been well-supported by the Tennessee Nurses Foundation (TNF). The TNF initially supported a widely-viewed and well-received five-part webinar series titled Nurse Advocacy, Policymaking, and Full Practice Authority. On demand-viewing of the archived webinars continues. There have been over 600 unique participants for the series; many of participants have watched multiple webinars from the series. Ninety-two percent of the participants reported they were very satisfied or satisfied with the webinar they viewed.

We are now finishing phase 1 of a three-part economic impact analysis that was partially funded by the TNF, as well as an East Tennessee pharmacist, Tennessee APRN groups, Schools/Colleges of nursing, a regional TONE Council, and Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis. Phase 1 includes an extensive, integrated review of the economic impact of APRNs having full practice authority at both the state and national level.

Before we proceed with phase 2, we need to raise the remaining funds. Phase 2 of the study will include Tennessee-specific projections based on models developed from state and national results described in the phase 1 report. The results of phase 2 will be valuable in our work with members of the full practice authority task force, legislators during the next General Assembly, and other key stakeholders.

Amount received for both projects: $13,900