Albany Community Hospice is incredibly pleased to announce the launch of a graduate nursing program, the Walton Scholarship. The first recipient of the scholarship will be Sarah Noll, who worked as a PCA here at Hospice while she studied to become a Registered Nurse.
A few years ago, headlines were made when local centenarian, Jean Walton, announced that she would be bequeathing her entire estate to Albany Community Hospice. The ACH Board has now established the Walton Scholarship to honour her memory and generous bequest in an innovative way.
The Walton Scholarship is designed to invest in specialist palliative care education, workplace mentoring, and support for a graduate registered nurse seeking to focus on the palliative field. Sarah Noll, along with future recipients of the Walton Scholarship will become a part of the Hospice team, providing compassionate and skilful palliative care to those who need it from around the Great Southern Region.
The Walton Estate bequest will also contribute to supporting existing clinical staff with the opportunity to complete post graduate palliative care education and be supported in clinical leadership development, all while being employed in a supportive specialist palliative care environment.
We congratulate our first recipient, and we look forward to upskilling our regions’ nurses in the field of palliative care in the years to come through the Walton Scholarship initiative.