Western Nevada College nursing student Taylor O’Daye envisions making a difference in the health and safety for her people on the Walker River Indian Reservation.
As a member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe, O’Daye aspires to improve healthcare on the reservation and serve as a role model for Native American children.
O’Daye’s ambition, academic success, dedication, and perseverance have all contributed to her being selected as the 2023 Sam Lieberman Regents’ Scholarship award recipient for WNC.
The devastation and vulnerability of the COVID-19 health pandemic influenced O’Daye’s educational and professional goals. Her perseverance and dedication to the nursing program has been tested by the passing of her beloved grandfather, uncle, and best horse since she enrolled in the program in fall 2021.
O’Daye, like other registered nursing students in WNCs program, is already working in the healthcare industry. She is an extern at Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon, providing her with the opportunity to receive in-patient nursing experience.
As the Sam Lieberman Regents’ Scholarship award recipient, O’Daye will receive $5,000 in funding from the Nevada System of Higher Education.
For information, visit www.wnc.edu.
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