Monday was just an ordinary day at work for Kim Carswell-Hamblin, Quality Management Manager at CMDP; well, that is, until she received a call from Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks. It turns out, the call was to inform Kim that she had earned a full scholarship from the Diamondbacks to attend the University of Phoenix, specifically to be enrolled in a dual Master’s program – Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Health Administration. After completing an application and three essays nearly four months ago, the good news finally came in. Out of 150 people who applied, Kim was selected as one of five recipients of the scholarship.
Excerpt from Kim’s essay:
Since I was in second grade, I knew I wanted to help children. I currently work as the Quality Management Manger for children in foster care. On my desk I keep my second grade homework. It is a daily reminder that as a 7 year old I wrote “in 20 years I want to be a school nurse because I want to help kids”. That passion is still there as I try to further my education. My long term goal is to move up in my current organization, a health insurance plan for children in foster care. A Master of Science in Nursing/ Master of Health Administration will help me reach this goal, and to perform it to the best of my ability.
With over 17,000 Arizona children in care and the number growing rapidly, this has become a strong motivator for me to assist on a higher level to provide medical care to our children in care. With a master’s degree I can advance my skills within health care to help make a difference in the practices, policies and interventions a health plan utilizes. In return, this will benefit the quality of care our fragile population needs. [Kim Carswell-Hamblin]
Kim’s desire to further her education is a testament to her commitment to child well-being - a commitment made in the 2nd grade. We are fortunate to have Kim working so hard to ensure children and youth in foster care receive quality health care.
Kim will receive her award on the field at the October 2nd game!