Lucija “Lucy” Sadl, a master’s student enrolled in the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, is the recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from the Missouri League for Nursing (MLN).
Sadl was the only recipient to receive the scholarship this year and the only student from Goldfarb to receive this scholarship in the past five years. Sadl received the highest dollar amount that can be given to one student, and she will formally accept the scholarship during the fifth annual Nursing School Conference, April 11, in Osage Beach, Mo.
A registered nurse for 20 years, Sadl has spent her career working with adults in the medical and cardiac departments, primarily in intensive care. She returned to school to care for patients in a different way, while also realizing her own potential.
As a first-generation Croatian-American, Sadl grew up with immigrant parents and had to learn a new language and culture. Five years ago, Sadl dealt with the unexpected death of her husband and is now a single mom raising two young children.
“Receiving this scholarship will provide me with the financial support to reach my professional goals, while lifting personal burdens,” says Sadl. “I have faced many challenges that have slowed down my progress, but this scholarship will help me to remain focused.”
The MLN recognizes the need to help qualified students achieve their nursing career goals, and the scholarship is available to practical nurse students, registered nurse (RN) students above the freshman level in associate degree/diploma programs, RN students above the sophomore level in baccalaureate nursing programs, or master’s candidates who have completed at least 15 hours of the courses required for the advanced degree and who hold an active license in Missouri.
Graduating from the Goldfarb program this year, Sadl would ultimately like to become a clinical professor and help encourage and inspire the next generation of nurses, while sharing the experiences and knowledge she gained working in primary care.
“I became a nurse because of my interest in medicine and my overall desire to help others,” says Sadl. “As a nurse practitioner, I will be able to interact with patients extensively, and as a professor, I can model the benefits of holistic, compassionate care for future nurses.”
To learn more about Goldfarb's adult-gero primary care nurse practitioner program, visit www.BarnesJewishCollege.edu/PrimaryCare.