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Your donation to the The Shirley Kleinlein Compassionate Care Fund will provide scholarship funding toward a student in clinical nursing who demonstrates the dedicated, professional and compassionate care exemplified in Shirley’s life, while also ensuring her memory lives on.
Shirley Kleinlein worked as a nurse for a variety of hospitals and doctor offices in Illinois from 1970 until 1988, and from 1988 until 2000 served as the Director of Nursing at LaSalle County Health Department. Shirley then became a Clinical Assistant Professor at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovations from 2001 until 2016. Shirley was a very special person who lived for her family, friends, nursing and loved being around all people.
Through her work as a clinical nursing instructor with Arizona State University she worked with many homeless and underprivileged people and set up programs to provide them with health care they could not otherwise obtain. She was a truly compassionate nurse, always promoting their needs and educating her students on what it means to be a professional nurse.
Shirley believed “a patient's hospital gown is a great equalizer” because all people need compassionate care, regardless of their station in life.