LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) – CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System in Longview organized many events to honor healthcare workers during National Hospital and Nurses Week.

On Thursday, the hospital gave three future nurses scholarships so they can further their education. They were: Allison Brennecke, Kayla James, and Amy Kidwell.

From left to right: Amy Kidwell, Kayla James, and Allison Brennecke

Allison is a student at UT Tyler’s Longview campus. Kayla is a senior at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, and Amy is a student at Kilgore College’s nursing school.

One nurse said she is looking forward to the future.

“I really just enjoyed taking care of my patients and making them feel better, not just physically, but emotionally as well (and) mentally,” said Allison Brennecke, a student at the University of Texas at Tyler – Longview campus . “I have the dedication, and now I have the funds. I think it’s going to really solidify the fact that I can finish.”

All three women were praised for their love and dedication to the field during the ceremony Thursday in Longview. They are the first recipients of this scholarship and the hospital system hopes to continue helping future nurses pay for their education.

Christus Health President and CEO Todd Hancock spoke during the ceremony on the need to address the nursing shortage in East Texas.

Some employees also received awards such as Associate of the Year, Nurse of the Year and Core Values Winners.

National Hospital Week is celebrated from May 8 to May 14 and National Nurses Week is held from May 6 to May 12. It was created to celebrate hospitals and the people who work hard to keep them running.

National Hospital Week was established in 1921 to encourage people to give back to healthcare workers after their dedication to help patients during the Spanish Flu.