Swedish Medical Center Members

“The SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training Fund is very dear to my heart, because I have relied on it several times to help me move up the career ladder. I started as a nursing assistant-certified, then went back to school to get my Associates Degree in Nursing, and now I’m about to complete my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in June. During my long education journey, the Training Fund has paid for all my tuition, books and even necessary equipment like stethoscopes, and I’ve only paid about $500 out of pocket the entire time. The Fund is also crucial for patient care, because not only are we building our medical skills, but while we’re in school we don’t have to worry about tuition or student loan debt, and instead we can focus on our course work and providing high quality, compassionate patient care.”

Ephraim Butin, RN

Ephraim is pursuing his BSN with the Training Fund

“I’ve always had a passion for patient care and that’s why I’ve had a lifelong dream of becoming a registered nurse. I’m also a single father raising a nine year old and one-and-a-half year old twins, and I want to provide them with every opportunity. But there’s no way I could have gone back to school for my nursing degree without the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training Fund. I’m currently a nursing assistant, and have to work a lot of overtime to pay for my mortgage and raise my kids. I barely get enough sleep, let alone have any money left over for school. The Training Fund pays for all my tuition and books, and now I’m halfway through my pre-requisites for an Associate Degree in Nursing at North Seattle College. The Training Fund has given me a foundation of support, so I can achieve my dreams, pursue my passion for quality patient care, be the best dad I can be, and give my three children a better future.”

David Antwi, Nursing Assistant

David is pursuing his ADN with the Training Fund

“I’m in love with being a nurse, it really is my life’s calling. But I was never able to go back to school and get higher nursing degrees until I accessed the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training Fund. I had a son in college and was paying for his tuition, so I didn’t have any money left over for my own schooling. The Training Fund paid for of my pre-requisites, books and supplies, and my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Governors University. Now I’m one term away from completing my Master of Science in Nursing degree. During this entire process I’ve only had to pay about $1,000 out of pocket. Through the Training Fund, I was also able to get top-notch tutoring. I had one particular math and statistics tutor who was absolutely outstanding.”

Delores Prescott, RN

and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Vice President, Delores is completing her Master's of Science in Nursing