First Quality Enterprises Establishes Graduate Nursing Scholarship

Lauren Parrish

First Quality Enterprises, a long term collaborator with the School of Nursing, has established a unique scholarship to be awarded  to a graduate nursing student each year. The organization is excited to announce MSN student Lauren Parrish, RN, BSN ’08, as the inaugural scholar.

“First Quality is a premier health care company,” said Technical Service Director Jim Minetola. “We are passionate about delivering products and programs of the highest quality to improve health outcomes in the markets we serve. This scholarship is a partnership with UNC, who we know has the same values and aspirations. We deliver high performing products and the UNC School of Nursing delivers superior education.”

Through this innovative connection, the scholar will receive funding towards her education and be able to participate in leadership opportunities, such as attending a national conference or disseminating a scholarly article. The Scholar will also network with First Quality health care professionals to learn more about their industry and to share the latest developments in evidence-based care.

“Exposing graduate students to the inner workings of industry is rare,” said associate professor Anna Beeber, who serves as her academic advisor. “First Quality Enterprises has an amazing reputation for providing high-quality products to older adults residing in a variety of health care settings, including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, and home care. This will be an opportunity for a student to not only gain exposure to the industrial side of health care, but also to explore how nurses can impact day to day care.”

Lauren was chosen to be the first scholar based on her academic achievements and her passion about developing better health services for older adults.“ Lauren is naturally inquisitive and is always going above and beyond in her graduate studies,” said Dr. Beeber. “She has always expressed an interest in improving the care of older adults, and she was a perfect fit.”

Lauren is humbled to be the inaugural First Quality Scholar. “It will make a huge difference in my professional development,” she said. “It gives me the chance to delve deeper into academia and the environment of advanced nursing practice in a way that I couldn’t without the support of this scholarship.”

First Quality Technical Service Director Jim Minetola (right) presents a check to Dr. Mary Palmer (second from right) and Dr. Anna Beeber (center) along with First Quality Senior Clinical Director Michele Mongillo (second from left) and Assistant Dean for Advancement Anne Webb (far left).