WPU Announces Lynn Kendrick Erdman ‘75 Nursing Scholarship to Women’s Health Nurse Advocate

November 10, 2023

William Peace University (WPU) is pleased to announce that the 2023-2024 recipient of the Lynn Kendrick Erdman ‘75 Scholarship is Heather Longmire Noblitt. Heather is a WPU RN to BSN student.

Lynn Kendrick Erdman is a registered nurse with a master’s in oncology. She is nationally recognized as a leader in oncology nursing and has served on the board of many cancer foundations, such as the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen.

Erdman received her associates at WPU (while it was still Peace College) before completing her bachelor’s degree at UNC Greensboro School of Nursing. She and her husband, David, who is an attorney at Erdman and Hockfield LLP in Charlotte, established the Lynn Kendrick Erdman ‘75 Nursing Scholarship in 2019. This is the first scholarship intended for current RN to BSN students studying at WPU. The recipient receives $500 for the Fall semester, and $500 for the Spring semester.

Heather is employed at Duke University Health System and started working there as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in 2016. She worked full time while attending school at Durham Technical Community College, having just had her daughter before starting the program. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing and became a Registered Nurse (RN) in 2021.

Heather started the WPU RN to BSN program in the Spring 2023 semester and has a 4.0 GPA. She says that working on the Surgical Oncology Unit and seeing women deal with breast cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer fueled the flame for her to want to contribute to positive change surrounding outcomes for these women. She believes that obtaining her BSN degree will allow her to grow professionally, further her career, and to continue to improve women’s health. 

Co-worker and charge nurse, Brianna Grohman RN BSN, wrote that Heather has “stood out for her work ethic, teamwork and compassion for patients and their families, always going the extra mile to help them feel more comfortable and welcome.” 

“Heather is a great student in the RN to BSN program at William Peace University and the program allows nurses to obtain their BSN degree in a supportive environment,” said Dr. Erica Jastrow, WPU RN to BSN Department Chair and Assistant Professor. “We are proud to educate nurses in the Triangle community like Heather and look forward to seeing the wonderful things she is going to accomplish as a nurse leader and an advocate for women’s health.”