Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 4, 2013

Former Andover youth leader honored

Former Andover resident and Youth Services leader Suzie Clarke Allen is being recognized through the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program.

Clarke Allen is a Yale University nursing student and will receive a $1,200 scholarship at a special reception this week, according to a release from the Visiting Nurse Association.

The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing was originally developed by the VNA/SCC to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession. The goals of the program are to encourage retention, focus public attention, recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level, and inspire future nurses. To help achieve these goals, for the past ten years, the Nightingale program has provided scholarships to outstanding students from five local nursing schools: Gateway Community College, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, and Southern Connecticut State University, and the Yale School of Nursing.

Suzie Clarke Allen, the recipient from Yale University, graduated from Andover High School in 1998 and served as program coordinator for Andover Youth Services from 1998 to 2010.

“She maintains honor grades at Yale, as well as stellar clinical evaluations while raising two small children and commuting from Rhode Island,” according to the release. She has been selected as a student representative to the External Advisory Committee for Yale School of Nursing and also student representative to the Dean’s Advisory Committee.

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Frank Grosso said Clarke Allen is “an excellent student and student leader. She is mature, addressing both client concerns and academic concerns with thoughtfulness and the ability to look at the whole picture.”

All 2013 scholarship recipients will be honored at a special reception hosted by the VNA/SCC on April 8. In addition, thanks to the generosity of Platinum sponsor Yale-New Haven Hospital, they will be recognized at the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing, which will be held on Monday, May 13 at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven.

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