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Masterson Nurse Scholarship Awarded

Date: 03/10/2019

Molly Hennrikus, a nursing student at the University of New England, was recently awarded the 2018 Robert Masterson Nurse Scholarship Award. The Masterson Scholarship is awarded each year to a senior nursing student who completes a critical care internship at Northern Light Mercy Hospital and plans to pursue a career in critical care.

Masterson-Nurse-Scholarship-Photo-Presentation-LR.JPGMolly participated in a clinical rotation during her senior year in Mercy Hospital’s Medical/Surgical Unit, Critical Care Unit, and Pain Center. Molly, from Pepperell, Massachusetts, will graduate in May from UNE and pursue a nursing career in southern Maine. She has been recognized by her clinical professors as being intelligent and conscientious with a deep dedication to providing good quality care.

For Robert Masterson, BSN, CCRN, nursing was more than a career or profession; it was truly a passion. Bob earned his nursing degree from the University of San Francisco and was a critical care nurse at Mercy for 30 years. Bob served as a preceptor to many and was known for calmly and confidently guiding others through difficult clinical situations.

"Bob led by example and embodied the Mercy values in a way that made everyone who worked with him feel privileged and inspired to be a better person, a better care giver,” says Bette Neville, MSN, RN, NNP-BC, vice president of Nursing and Patient Care Services.

Bob retired from Mercy Hospital in January 2013 and passed away from pancreatic cancer just one month later. The Robert Masterson Nursing Scholarship honors Bob’s love for nursing, compassion for patients, and commitment to learning.


Staff from Northern Light Mercy’s Critical Care Unit presents Molly Hennrikus with a $1,000 check as the recipient of the 2018 Robert Masterson Nurse Scholarship award. Pictured, from left to right, are Peter Mirehouse, RN, critical care nurse; Molly Hennrikus; Carlene Stevens, RN, clinical nurse lead; and Beata Gibbs, RN, critical care nurse.