MORRISONVILLE - As nurses, Vanessa Staples and her daughter, Victoria Granger, understand the benefits of education in their field.
Staples, owner of Cocktails, began hosting a karaoke contest March 6 to raise funds and awareness for the CVPH Nursing Scholarship Program.
"The whole point of the nursing scholarship fund is because legislature is trying to change the law that all nurses would have to have their bachelor's degree," explained Granger, "but they haven't been able to pass that law as of yet, because there's such a shortage [of nurses] as there is."
However, Granger explained CVPH has decided to take a "proactive" role in raising funds for when the law is passed. They are looking to have nurses receive their bachelor's degree "before any laws ever pass."
"I already have my bachelor's [degree], so, I know how expensive it is to get to that point," explained Staples.
Currently, nurses are required to have an associate's degree, which is often accomplished in two years. However, adding two more years to receive a bachelor's degree can be difficult to raise the funds.
However, Staples and Granger see the definite benefits of receiving further education.
"It gives you more respect from other staff members," said Staples.
To help the Nursing Scholarship Program and other nurses in need of financial assistance, including Granger herself who only has an associate's degree, Cocktails hosted the weekly karaoke contest through March 29. Altogether, $3,200 was raised for the program.
"Our goal was to make as much [money] as we could," explained Granger. "This is seed money to send nurses back to school."
During the final event, there was live music, a pool tournament, face painting and raffles.
"We went around to local businesses and got a lot of donations," said Granger.
Items were raffled off which turned out to be the biggest fundraiser.
"My mom does a lot of benefits," said Granger, "but being a nurse makes it more interesting for her."
"It's been a lot of fun doing it; a lot of work," she added.