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Dissertation: preventing hospital readmissions
I have been working as an RN at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute, UNI, now for 15 years. While at UNI, I have worked in numerous nursing roles and have worked with various teams and departments across the hospital on multiple projects and initiatives to improve the patient and employee experience. I have enjoyed training new hires and mentoring Capstone students. In 2017, I decided to continue my education and started the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Mental Health Program through the University of Utah in the fall of 2018. Over the last 15 years at UNI, I have had the pleasure of working with numerous veteran patients as UNI partners with the VA to care for their overflow patients. These experiences combined with the resilience, gratitude, and honor my father gained from his experience fighting in the Vietnam War inspired me to focus my studies on the veteran population. On May 14, 2018, I began the Veteran Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP) Nurse Practitioner Training Program. I look forward to strengthening my experience and education with the men and women that have worked to protect our country and to have the opportunity to do so in a facility known for excellent care, extensive resources, interdisciplinary team approach, and drive to improve patient outcomes. As part of the Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP, program I will be completing an extensive research project investigating and educating mental health professionals on complementary evidenced based treatment for PTSD to help reduce suffering in the community.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Psych-Mental Health
Dissertation: As part of the Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP, program I will be completing an extensive research project investigating and educating mental health professionals on complementary evidenced based treatment for PTSD.
Stefanie is a Hillman Scholar in Nursing Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has driven her to participate in research led by her advisor Dr. Margaret Souders with the goal of helping families of children with ASD. She served as the study coordinator in a pilot randomized controlled trial of a home-based tailored behavioral intervention for insomnia in children with ASD. She presented preliminary findings at an international autism conference in Salt Lake City in 2015. Working with these families helped her narrow her own research topic to focus on depression in mothers of children with ASD. As part of the Hillman program, she had the opportunity to participate in a six-month Clinical Fellowship. She worked full time as a nurse on a liver and kidney transplant unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to honing her clinical skills, she gained a better understanding of nursing as a field, which she feels will help make her future contributions as a researcher more meaningful to nurses and families alike. In the 2016-2017 year, she is also participating in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This interdisciplinary fellowship provides the opportunity to participate in research and community projects and to build the leadership skills necessary to improve policy and practice for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Legacy Scholar – Other
Dissertation: Depression in Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Kate Zeichner is a Certified Nurse Midwife with Group Health Physicians in Tacoma. Previously, Kate worked in global maternal health. She managed a cross-border obstetric program for Burmese internally displaced people along the Burmese borders with Thailand and China, and served as a Program Officer for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Kate has a BA in Japanese language/literature from Carleton College, an MHS in international health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and an MSN from Seattle University. She is a former Fulbright Fellow (Japan), a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bangladesh), and a Varney Participant Award winner. Kate is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Seattle University. Her research and practice interests include representation of midwives and the midwifery scope of practice in large-scale healthcare institutions, and increasing access to culturally appropriate midwifery care among vulnerable patient populations. She lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter. When not studying, Kate enjoys quilting, baking, urban hiking, and spending time with her family.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Other
Dissertation: Midwifery leadership and representation during large-scale institutional change
am currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Northern Colorado. My research interests include transition to practice and retention of BSN prepared students. I received my MS in Nursing, Specialization: Leadership in Health Care Systems with Education focus and BSN at the University of New Mexico. I am a Certified Rehabilitation Nurse specializing in brain and spinal cord injury and have served in many leadership positions including President for the Colorado Chapter of Rehabilitation Nurses. I am currently an Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Traditional Program, and DEU Project Manager at Regis University.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Education/Inter-professional education
Dissertation: Transition To Practice and Retention: Lived Experience of Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education
I am currently a PhD nursing student at Columbia University’s School of Nursing. My research interests involve positive youth development in adolescents with chronic illnesses. I graduated with my BSN at Case Western Reserve University in Spring of 2017 and entered my PhD program direct-entry during Fall of 2017. I grew an interest for research early on in my nursing career and became a research assistant for a faculty member at my undergraduate institution. My primary investigator conducted research related to pediatric health, which was an area that I had a strong desire to contribute to in the future. To acquire skills and knowledge about my population of interest, I worked as a pediatric nursing assistant before graduating. Additionally, I applied for and was placed in a pediatric practicum rotation my senior year, which allowed me work 336 supervised hours on a pediatric cardiac step-down unit. My institution provided many other opportunities to learn about pediatric health, including community clinical rotations across Cleveland public schools. Outside of nursing, I volunteered as a tutor for high school students and served on the executive board for my university’s Asian American Alliance to work towards spreading diversity across campus. I currently work as a Research Assistant for one of my PhD mentors and am continuously working towards my goal of becoming a nurse researcher.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Chronic Health
Dissertation: The Examination of Positive Developmental Assets in Adolescents with Chronic Illnesses