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Myriam Stettler, RN Nursing Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 21, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for St. Joseph School of Nursing, and I want to give back to St. Joseph,” Myriam Stettler says of her decision to establish this scholarship fund for students at her alma mater. “I see it helping students who are struggling (financially) at St. Joseph or for students there who want to go on and get their BSN (Bachelor of Science in nursing).”

Born and raised in New Jersey, Myriam came to Rhode Island as an undergraduate at Providence College, earning a bachelor’s degree in German. Although she initially planned to return to New Jersey after graduation, she instead continued on at PC and earned an MBA. She then tried her hand at several jobs – including eight years at IBM in Providence – before finding herself ready for a change that required her to go back to school. “I thought I’d give nursing a try,” she shares.

After earning her diploma at St. Joseph School of Nursing, she began what would become a 17-year tenure in orthopedics at Rhode Island Hospital. “It was wonderful for me. I could pick my hours – I was a second shift person – and I could pick the area where I worked. Orthopedics was a good fit for me.”

She worked another five years as a nurse care manager at a small nursing company in Cranston before retiring to care for her now-deceased mother, who had gone to nursing school in her native Switzerland. A recent trip took Myriam to her mother’s homeland where she visited family members – meeting many for the first time – and traveled to places that had been part of her mother’s earlier life.

Myriam is a yoga instructor at the YMCA of Greater Providence’s Kent County branch. But it’s nursing where she says she “found my niche” and where she wants to help others. She learned about the Rhode Island Foundation through the Nursing Foundation of Rhode Island, the nonprofit organization that will award scholarships to students at St. Joseph School of Nursing.

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