August 25, 2017
By Kristi Birch
Heidy F. Brillhart, APRN-CNP, a post-master's certificate student at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, is one of 30 graduate and undergraduate students across the country to be awarded an American Psychiatric Nurses Association Board of Directors Student Scholarship. The scholarship recipients were selected on the basis of their academic merit and dedication to psychiatric nursing.
Brillhart, who finished her coursework for a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate from the KU School of Nursing this summer, recently began working in a rural health clinic in Elkhart, Kansas, where she will help treat psychiatric patients across the lifespan. The community had been without access to local psychiatric care for many years. Before that, she spent the last eight years working at an urgent care center as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) in Oklahoma.
Brillhart and the other awardees will attend the APNA 31st Annual Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., in in October and will receive one year of complimentary membership in APNA, which includes access to education, networking, and resources to further develop their skills as they prepare to enter the nursing workforce.