A Franciscan University of Steubenville nursing student who is active in the pro-life movement was recently awarded a $1,000 national scholarship. Celine Talbot, a junior, is the second Franciscan University nursing student in as many years to receive the award from the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses (NAPN).
The NAPN scholarship measures academic achievement, pro-life involvement, and communication skills. In her scholarship essay, “What Nurses Can Do to Promote a Positive Respect for Life,” Talbot asserted that “a nurse’s duty by its very nature is to defend and protect the vulnerable and voiceless. Destruction or tampering of an innocent life violates the very definition of what it means to be a nurse.” Talbot’s full essay will be printed in NAPN’s quarterly newsletter.
Talbot, who is from San Gabriel, California, established a pro-life and pro-marriage club to promote sexual integrity and respect for life while attending a community college in Los Angeles. At Franciscan, she is active in Students for Life and helped coordinate the University’s trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., this past January. She is also a student member of California Nurses for Ethical Standards.
In awarding Talbot the scholarship, NAPN leaders stated, “It is a great consolation to those of us who have struggled in the cause for a number of years to know that there are many capable young nurses to continue the work. The members of NAPN look forward to your continued contribution.”
After graduation, Talbot hopes to return to California to work as a nurse in a neo-natal intensive care unit.