Kharisma James was born and raised an only child in a small town in Massachusetts. Even at a young age, she knew she wanted to be a nurse, just like her aunt before her. Kharisma entered the military to pursue that dream, and also to serve her country proudly. She did two tours of duty in Afghanistan. In 2014, Kharisma moved to El Paso and enrolled at El Paso Community College. She later transferred to the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
After graduating from the Hunt School of Nursing, Kharisma became a registered nurse—her family could not have been more proud.
Kharisma went to work at The Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus and remained there for the entirety of her career, which was only eight months long. In August of 2018, Kharisma risked her life to protect three children, two of whom were her own, from grave danger. All three children survived the incident. Kharisma, sadly, did not.
It has been said that when Kharisma entered a room, everyone was struck by her confidence and focus. She was ideally suited to be a nurse and caretaker for those in need.
The Kharisma James Legacy Scholarship Award has been created to honor Kharisma’s memory as a dedicated, confident woman and compassionate nurse and mother. This scholarship will keep alive the memory and legacy of Kharisma for future generations of nurses serving the Paso del Norte region.
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