DNP Scholarship Winners
Tom Bush, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP
The first in his family to earn a college degree, Mr. Bush has always worked to further his own education, starting with odd jobs while earning an associate’s degree in nursing. Many years of hard work later, he is a Board-certified NP and AANP Fellow. For many people, that might be enough – but not Mr. Bush. He applied for funding to continue his studies to earn a DNP degree.
“As I further refine my career through DNP education,” he writes, “I will continue to highlight how fundamentals of nursing can improve the health of our nation. I am committed to building on the strengths of all health disciplines, celebrating the differences, and pointing to models of collaboration that serve our citizens well.”
Selma Mujezinovic, FNP-BC
Ms. Mujezinovic began her career as a nursing assistant in 1995. Over the years, she earned her RN, BSN, and MS in Nursing. As she has continued practicing in a primary care setting, she has become concerned about the chronic and often complex health problems faced by the growing cohort of aging Americans. Her concern around these issues, and the nursing shortage that accompanies them, has led her to pursue her DNP degree.
“Older Americans require far more health care services than their younger counterparts,” she writes, “making the current shortage of nurses critical. And as health care reform is enacted and millions of previously uninsured crowd into the system…the nursing shortage will only become more urgent. Unfortunately, nurses can’t be trained without nurse educators, and that shortage is even more dire.”
NP Scholarship Winners
Shannon Lindsay, RN, BSN, NP-S
A Registered Nurse and an advocate, Ms. Lindsay is well aware of the shortage of primary care clinicians, especially in underserved communities. She has seen first-hand how diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and AIDS have crippled these communities, and she wants to make a difference by helping patients prevent common, chronic illnesses and live healthier lifestyles. Ms. Lindsay has also worked to support advanced practice nurses, participating in lobbying training and rallies in her home state of Georgia.
“Improving patients’ perception of their care is fundamental to improving their health care outcomes,” she writes. “My future goals include establishing a low-income-based clinic in an underserved community. I am excited about becoming a nurse practitioner. I will continue to apply the same diligence to my collegiate studies as I have to this point, making education and service to others my top priority.”
Emily R. Miller
Ms. Miller is a born humanitarian. Though currently enrolled in Georgetown University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program, she has found time in the past nine years to travel the world — from Mexico to Colombia to Mongolia to Haiti — assisting on humanitarian relief trips. Her goal is to complete her FNP studies and to work in an underprivileged area of the United States before embarking on full-time international disaster relief work.
“I am committed to providing quality holistic medical care to people in need and setting up educational programs within the communities I serve,” she writes, “and to close the knowledge gap that exists between developed and developing countries. The knowledge that I am gaining on a daily basis as I work toward this degree equips me for this challenge.”
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