Susanne Cain Nursing Scholarship Testimony

In 2008, I relocated back to Arkansas to care for my elderly parents after working worldwide as a paramedic. Due to their health, I was no longer able to handle my profession’s grueling schedule, so I looked into other career options. I missed the RN program’s deadline, but luckily, I enrolled in an LPN night program at a local community college. I had plans to progress into an RNA program quickly, but those were thwarted in a way I never dreamed possible.

For four years, I was the sole caregiver for my parents. During that time, I used all my savings and retirement to help them. My mother suffered an opportunistic infection of arachnoiditis, and my father was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at the age of 92.

Following their deaths, I worked as an LPN until I decided to complete my RN studies at 57. I realized that I had about ten or more years in the workforce, so I wanted to achieve my goal of becoming a travel nurse and certified emergency nurse before I retire. This goal wouldn’t have been possible without the Baptist Health Foundation.

I had exhausted all my savings and retirement to care for my parents─ and the intensity of the 12-month accelerated RN program wouldn’t have allowed me to work while being successful in my studies. Luckily I own my own home, but even the saved expense of a mortgage wasn’t enough to cover my education costs.

With the Baptist Health Foundation’s financial assistance for the last two semesters, I have been able to focus on my education without the additional burden of monetary stress. Thank you to the Baptist Health Foundation. I look forward to my graduation in December.


-Suzanne Cain, LPN, NREMT-P ret