Kailee S.

Undergraduate Recipient

"As you pursue your dreams of higher education, describe what changes you would like to see in the CF community. What steps would you take to initiate these changes?"

From the moment I received my CF diagnosis, I have wanted to study nursing. The confidence, sincerity and commitment that nurses exuberate has inspired me to begin my own path as a health professional. As a nursing student I have learned more than I thought possible, but I have also come to realize there is an absence of education in the progression of CF treatment and care. There is also a significant gap in the comprehension of this disease, how it affects patients and families, and the CF community. I want to see nurses become better educated about Cystic Fibrosis. It is imperative that as future healthcare professionals, my peers and I should be educated about this disease and how to provide patient care while being conscientious of its impact. My role as a future nurse and lifelong CF patient puts me in a position of advocacy. As the only student in my cohort with CF, I am currently working with my faculty and instructors in order to present my unique perspective as a student speaker. Once I graduate, I plan to continue working with nursing organizations that are initiating educational programs and improved curriculum. My hope is to use my role as a nurse to promote awareness, gain recognition for this disease, and propel research forward to find a cure. The greatest impact I can make in my CF community is one that ultimately leads to a cure, and through education, I hope to achieve this.


Kailee S.'s Artwork

Kailee S.'s Achievements

  • Member & Volunteer - Linfield Public Health Association (LPHA) 2018: Goal is to raise awareness & strengthen the impact of public health professionals with acts of community service, networking, education and campus events.
  • Member & Volunteer - Linfield Chapter of National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) 2018: Active member and advocate in nursing education through educational events on campus, development workshops, networking, community service, and state conference attendance.
  • Executive Council Member & Risk Education Chair - Kappa Mu, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority 2016, 2017. Current Alumnae 2018.
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society Member - 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Dean's List Honors Society (Cum Laude Equiv.) - 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Linfield College Digital Repository Assistant - 2015-Present: Part-time employee organizing and maintaining the digital reference repository library for Linfield College.
  • Volunteer Linfield College - Home Grown Project 2016: Community outreach program to support fresh food access by providing resources, education, and support for families to grow food sustainably for themselves.
  • Rogue Credit Union Bank Teller and On-Campus (Ashland High School) Manager - 2014, 2015: After school and full-time summer employment and Rogue Credit Union as well as on-campus manager at the student banking branch. Received the RCU Recognition Award and $500 college scholarship
  • Volunteer - Linda Vista Assisted Living Rehabilitation Center 2014: Facilitated activities for senior residents including crafts, entertainment, reading groups, and pet visits.
  • Member & Volunteer - Knit Wits Club 2014, 2015: Community service project "Caps for Kids" (fundraising program to raise money for charity organizations) & "the Bear Project"