A Love Letter to Nurses, From WGU

Sekou Andrews

According to the American Nurses Association, “Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering . . . and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.” We here at WGU couldn’t agree more and have an abundance of personal experiences to back it up.

Sure, as a nurse you’ve always been there to take vitals, record health histories, perform examinations, and make critical decisions that can be the difference between life and death, but it’s not always your proficiency in performing your responsibilities that has endeared you to us. Rather, we remember the emotional and social support that you’ve provided as another human being and as a friend, often through some of life’s most difficult circumstances.

You were there to encourage nervous, first-time parents. You were there to ease the passing of a loved one. You were there to tenderly re-bandage the same wound over and over again.

You’ve been there for us in our homes, in your home, at school, in prison, and anywhere else you can think of. And, despite some of the literal crap that you have to put up with at the office, mixed in with a few grouchy doctors and office gossip, you’ll still be there for us again tomorrow.

Now, more than ever, WGU wants to be there for you.

That’s why, over the next few weeks, WGU is pulling out all the stops to make sure you know that it loves and appreciates you.

For starters, we are bringing in Sekou Andrews, a professional speaker known as a poetic voice - a new type of speaker and artist who blends inspirational speaking with spoken word poetry - to keynote our April 10

Sage Talks Lecture. The focus of Andrews’ address will be on healthcare, with the emphasis of reigniting the passion in providers to connect with patients on a human, heartfelt level.

Then, in honor of National Nurses Week, we have established the WGU Loves Nurses Scholarship. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6th through May 12th — culminating on Florence Nightingale's birthday. As part of the celebration, WGU will award numerous scholarships, each valued at up to $2,000, to motivated nurses who begin the process of earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing or healthcare management.

In addition, we are offering a $65 application fee waiver to nurses who apply to a WGU bachelor’s or master’s degree program. Just use code RNLOVE on the payment tab of your application to have your application fee waived (both the scholarship application form and application fee waiver will be live and available from April 17 – June 30, 2017).

It can be hard to say thank you to someone who has done as much as save a life, let alone our own. But, we’re happy to give back where we can and hope that you’ll take advantage of the wonderful opportunities a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree can provide you.

Here’s to you and your future with WGU!


Western Governors University (WGU)


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