Helen Duff Reagan handed away in 1992, however her spirit lives – due to a scholarship established by her daughter, retired healthcare govt Kate Paul.
Helen Duff Reagan and Kate Paul as a child
“My mom graduated from nursing faculty in 1940, however she was a lot greater than a nurse,” Paul says. “She was very dedicated to her sufferers. Once we went grocery buying in Santa Barbara (California), just about each girl in that retailer knew my mom. Her largest concern later in life was that empathy can be misplaced in nursing, so I established the scholarship to acknowledge the necessity for empathy to stay in nursing.”
Paul will share her late mom’s wit and knowledge as a particular visitor on the College of Colorado School of Nursing’s Scholarship Luncheon, Sept. 29, on the College of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The luncheon celebrates the impression of philanthropy by acquainting scholarship donors with excellent scholarship recipients and scholar awardees for the 2022-23 yr.
With two items totaling $30,000, Paul established the Helen Duff Reagan Memorial Scholarship Fund seven years in the past to learn college students enrolled at CU School of Nursing and to maintain her mom’s legacy alive.
“It’s all about honoring her. I’m thanking her in a approach that I believed can be significant to her,” she says. “It’s not a scholarship that’s going to make or break anyone’s life. It’s simply useful help.”
A lady forward of her time
Rising up in Southern California within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, Paul says her mom’s highly effective affect stays along with her 30 years after her dying.
“She labored from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. all through my childhood,” Paul says. “The rationale she labored that shift was in order that she may very well be dwelling to ship us to highschool and so we may very well be dwelling earlier than she went again to work.”
Whereas Paul describes her father as a “very fundamentalist Catholic,” her mom was a self-described “Chinese language-menu Catholic” who challenged the gender norms of the period and inspired her daughters to do the identical.
“She was a girl who was approach forward of her time,” she says. “She was very outspoken and humorous. She additionally had a really attention-grabbing view of what girls may obtain. Her angle was ‘You are able to do something you wish to do, so simply go forward and do it.’”
As a labor and supply cost nurse within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties and as a pure childbirth educator, Paul’s mom was very a lot within the entrance traces of the newborn increase.
“That they had about 20 deliveries an evening on the hospital. She’d come dwelling with tales about what went effectively and the way issues didn’t go effectively,” she says. “In the future, she got here dwelling with a bit torn out of her arm. A woman determined she needed to leap from the labor room window. What saved her from doing that was my mom holding her down along with her forearm throughout her chest. And the girl bit her!”
As a youngster, Paul says she was inclined to take what was thought-about a extra conventional route on the time.
“I needed to marry my truck driver boyfriend and stay fortunately ever after,” she recollects. “Mother wasn’t having any of that, so she packed me up and shipped me off to UCLA.”
Paul’s storied profession
Largely as a result of her mom’s affect, Paul says she maintained an curiosity in healthcare – a subject that she finally gravitated to as an grownup.
“After I labored for Kaiser (Permanente), I started to appreciate that with an curiosity in drugs and head for enterprise my greatest guess was in hospital administration,” she says. “So I went to [University of California] Berkeley and received a grasp’s diploma in public well being with a serious in hospital administration, and ended up again in Kaiser.”
She held a number of senior administration positions for 30 years, serving as a regional president of Kaiser, the place she was headquartered in Aurora (Colorado), from 1982 to 1997. Coming back from an early retirement, she led Delta Dental of Colorado for 16 years earlier than retiring for actual on the finish of 2016.
Paul now serves on 4 boards of administrators and enjoys touring.
“I completed my journey bucket checklist on the finish of 2019, thank god,” she says. “I’ve received locations I wish to go, however my bucket checklist was all 50 states and all seven continents and 110 international locations a minimum of as soon as.”
Although she’s seen and achieved a lot, Paul would nonetheless prefer to fly in a fighter jet in her lifetime.
The circle of giving and gratitude
Paul says she appears ahead to sharing tales about her mom in entrance of different philanthropists and nursing college students on the Sept. 29 luncheon. In earlier years, she’s met with recipients and located them to be appreciative of the present, and for her mom’s worth of empathy.
“My mom’s concern was that as nursing turned increasingly more scientific, nurses have been shedding the flexibility to narrate to and join with their sufferers in an empathetic approach,” she says. “I made a decision to arrange this scholarship to acknowledge her and likewise to assist help her concept that empathy doesn’t get misplaced in nursing.”
Liat Greenwood Chernoff, BSN, RN recipient of Helen Duff Reagan Memorial Scholarship
Liat Greenwood Chernoff, BSN, RN, obtained $2,700 from the Helen Duff Reagan Memorial Scholarship for 2022-23. A scholar in CU Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery (NMW) Program, she’ll end her MSN in December however will proceed to work towards incomes her DNP afterwards.
Chernoff says the scholarship has allowed her to journey outdoors of Boston (the place she resides) to take part in medical rotations with the Hasidic Jewish group.
“A core worth in midwifery is offering respectful and equitable care to all,” she says. “Due to my shared background with these girls, I linked with them deeply and helped present the very best care doable. I’m grateful that this scholarship acknowledges that future midwives needs to be as various because the communities we serve.”
Although Chernoff won’t be current for the Sept. 29 luncheon, she expressed particular phrases of gratitude for Paul:
“Due to your generosity, I’ve been in a position to fulfill my skilled desires,” she says.