Meghan Monney, , MSN, RNUniversity of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio PhD
I am a PhD student at UT Health San Antonio. My clinical interests are military health (active duty and spouses), mental health, and nursing education. I am a Masters-prepared nurse with experience in a wide variety of areas to include chemotherapy, dialysis, home health, hospice and mental health. I am currently a Teaching Assistant in the undergraduate nursing program at UT Health. I have been involved in nursing education for over twelve years. During that time, I have been a Chair of the Progression Committee at Texas Tech Health Science Center El Paso as well as participated in Course Evaluation and Curriculum committees. Texas Tech Health Science Center El Paso honored me with the Student Government Association (SGA) Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award in 2015 and the SGA Faculty Excellence and SGA Faculty Service Awards in 2017. I am very honored to be selected to be a Jonas Scholar and look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to improve nursing care in the future.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Psych-Mental Health
Dissertation: Among Hispanic spouses of United States Service Members, What are the risk and protective factors of resilience during deployment? How do these factors compare to the risk and protective factors identified in previous studies with a predominantly Caucasian sample? Military spouses experience much stress in their supportive role of their significant other through multiple moves, constant training and deployment. Evidence has shown that some spouses are resilient to the stressors surrounding them while others succumb to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Through the identification of risk and protective factors associated with resilience, prevention and intervention programs can be developed to assist the military spouse to be resilient during deployment.