FloAnn Norman had a life-long focus on education and caring for others. She was the first member of her family to achieve an advanced education, which was an important accomplishment for her. She initially earned a diploma from the three-year program at St. Joseph’s School of Nursing and was a member of the US Cadet Nurse Corp.
Her career evolved over time as her family responsibilities changed. She worked in hospitals when her children were young and her husband was stationed at military bases around the country. She transitioned to working as a school nurse when her children started school. As they prepared to leave home to follow their dreams, she accepted a position as a director of nursing at a nursing facility. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Arts from the University of St. Francis in Illinois as her children were completing their college degrees.
After leaving management, FloAnn worked in the behavior health setting. She achieved a certification in psychiatric nursing when such certifications were a new opportunity to advance one’s nursing expertise. She retired after providing 50 years of dedicated service, but being a nurse was never far away. She, along with another man and woman, saved a drowning man and were awarded community service recognition from the local fire department.
This scholarship is in memory of FloAnn and we hope it inspires others to make nursing a life-long career in caring for others.