Mikayla Armitage of Neligh is one of two assisted living caregivers in the state who were chosen to receive a scholarship for a trip to Washington, D.C.
Armitage has been working as a full-time medication aide at The Willows Assisted Living in Neligh since April 29, 2010. She was selected by the Nebraska Health Care Foundation to go to Washington, D.C. May 19-22 to attend the Congressional Briefing on Long Term Health Care.
"I will be meeting with our state senators and representatives," Armitage said. "This opportunity came about by me filling out an application that was out for employees at The Willows. I thought, 'Why not give it a try?' I love my job and enjoy working with the residents and would like to further my knowledge."
The application process included a form to fill out, along with writing an essay on "Why I would like to attend the briefing." The committee also wanted a form filled out by the administrator or RN.
"So when I asked both Jayne Prince and Karen Kee, they were more than willing to fill the paper out, so I sent in two," she said.
Armitage received an email from March 7, notifying her that she had been selected to receive an AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing Scholarship.
"First, I will attend the NNFA/NALA Spring Convention Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 29 in Kearney, where I will be presented the Scholarship," she said.
Three weeks later, Armitage will head to Washington, D.C. to spend three days meeting with Representative Adrian Smith and Senator Deb Fischer.
"I am excited for the knowledge I will gain to bring back to the facility and community," she said. "I am so honored to have been chosen and I am truly grateful that the Board of Directors at The Willow's is also allowing Jayne Prince to accompany me on the trip."