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Phoebe Family Member Awarded $2,500 Scholarship From GHA

Albany, Ga. – Phoebe is proud to announce that, Andrael Jones, RN, has been awarded the Marjorie G. Hogan Memorial Scholarship by the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA). Andrael is one of three nurses selected statewide to receive the $2,500 scholarship. He is the second Phoebe nurse to be awarded this scholarship in the last three years.

In talking with Andrael, you can instantly tell he loves his job and caring for others. That dedication and service to others didn’t just happen when he became a nurse. Following high school, Andrael enlisted in the US Army and served as a paratrooper for five years.

During his military career, Andrael became drawn to the nursing profession. “In the military, you cross train and so I had a little bit of medical training. That is when I started to think of nursing as a career,” added Andrael.

Andrael has been a proud member of the Phoebe Family for almost six years. He began his nursing career on the Behavioral Health unit at Phoebe before transitioning to the Ortho/Neuro floor.  Andrael earned a licensed practical nurse diploma from Albany Technical College before graduating from Darton State College with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science nursing program at Albany State University and following graduation next year he plans to continue his education to become a nurse practitioner.

Father of two boys, Andrael says this scholarship is a blessing. “I love the environment of the Phoebe Family, everyone works together to get the job done. This GHA scholarship will help a lot with my classes and buying books. I am excited for the opportunity to continue to advance my healthcare career,” said Andrael.

“At Phoebe we encourage employees to continue their education and pursue career growth opportunities. Andrael’s dedication and commitment to patients and their families can be seen every day. He truly lives out our mission of making every life we touch better,” said Evelyn Olenick, DNP, RN, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Chief Nursing Officer.

Andrael is also a previous DAISY Award recipient. The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day.

The Marjorie G. Hogan Memorial Nursing Scholarship Program is funded from an endowment administered by the Georgia Hospital Association Education and Research Foundation. The Scholarship Program is committed to the professional development of nurses and was created to support the need for qualified healthcare workers in the Georgia. GHA awards five scholarships annually, two ($2,000) scholarships are awarded to hospital/high school volunteers and three ($2,500) to nurses pursing their Bachelor of Science in Nursing.