|Mary Raymer Scholarship Fund|
Nurse Emeritus Academic Scholarship in Honor of Mary Raymer
Mary Raymer, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, was a former NOVA National Board of Directors Member, and a former NOVA Foundation Board Member. She devoted her endless efforts to promote the nursing profession and nursing education. Mary worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for over 38 years. She was the Chair of the VA Nurse Qualification Standards Implementation Committee. She fought tirelessly to ensure that registered nurses in the VA were recognized and rewarded for advanced education.
Mary worked closely with Nurse Professional Standards Boards (NPSB) across the VA system to ensure they understood the new qualification standards, and educated their board members to adhere to the standards. She chaired a national meeting of the qualification standards for NPSB members in 2000. Mary Raymer worked in the Healthcare Recruitment and Retention Office in New Orleans, and initiated and oversaw the National Nursing Educational Initiative (NNEI), VANEEP (VA National Employees Education Program) and Employee Incentive Scholarship Programs (EISP), providing VA nurses with funds for education. She was a member of the American Nurses Association and NARFE. Mary was a Professor of Nursing at Capella University and the University of Phoenix.
Mary helped create the Nurse Emeritus program to entice retired VA nurses to remain engaged in NOVA and VA nursing. She collaborated with the Soldier’s Angels group and developed the Cool Scarf Project to support American troops serving in the Middle East. Mary personally sewed hundreds of scarves and mailed them overseas using her own funds. Mary also initiated the major fundraising project for the NOVA Foundation, the Heart & Hands Cook Book. Mary personally contacted Chef John Besh’s office to obtain his endorsement and dedication for the book. Mary strongly urged NOVA to form an alliance with NARFE, recognizing the value of the two organizations working together.
Mary deeply loved her husband Doug, her three children, and her grandchildren. The year before she died, Mary orchestrated all of the details for a family visit to Disney World during Christmas, no small undertaking for a group of 10. She had a deep faith in God and her church, and was very active in the activities of her parish. She played the organ at church services for many years. Mary valiantly fought her battle with cancer. At the conclusion of her chemotherapy treatments, she decorated a parasol and did a New Orleans line dance with the nursing staff.
The NOVA Nurse Emeritus group has established a scholarship in memory of Mary Raymer, a nurse, an educator, and an exemplary role model for all VA nurses. Our goal is to raise $1500 annually for scholarships to be awarded to VA nurses who are NOVA members in pursuit of furthering their nursing education.
Please join NOVA in honoring the life and legacy of Mary Raymer by making an education grant donation to the Nurse Emeritus Academic Scholarship in Honor of Mary Raymer. Thank you for your support!