Each of these nurses is poised to become an exemplary nurse leader who will transform health care in communities and nationwide, help build a Culture of Health, and inspire the next generation of nurses.

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Cilgy Abraham
2017 cohort, Columbia University

Cilgy Abraham, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in health policy, health economics, and cost-effectiveness research as it relates to chronic disease management and access to primary care.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University and completed a two-year, selective, interdisciplinary certification program in Women’s leadership from the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers University.

Prior to attending Columbia University, Abraham worked as a registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

Abraham lives in Carteret, New Jersey.

Victoria Adams
2016 cohort, Columbia University

Victoria Adams, BSN, MSN, FNP-BC, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in measuring medication adherence in home care setting. Having worked with patients with multiple comorbidities, including strokes, hypertension, heart failure, and diabetes in home care setting, Victoria is interested in researching medication adherence to improve patients' quality of life.

She has earned her BSN from Kent State University and MSN from Pace University.

Adams worked as a Critical Care Nurse in Cleveland Clinic ICU. Later, Adams moved to New York and has been working as a public health nurse and later a nurse practitioner for Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

Adams lives in New York, NY.

Bukurije Alijoski
2016 cohort, Rush University

Bukurije Alijoski, MSN, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in pursuing research for the development of improving patient outcomes that require hematopoietic stem cell transplant. The development of new therapies, precision medicine, and genetic testing are all areas that can be explored to increase better patient outcomes. The main area of interest would be in patients with various hematological cancers.

She earned her BSN from Olivet Nazarene University and her MSN also from Olivet Nazarene University.

She is currently working in an outpatient clinic at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Alijoski lives in Chicago, IL.

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Sainfer Aliyu
2014 cohort, Columbia University

Sainfer Aliyu, RN, MS, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, at the United Health Foundation, has research and clinical interests related to infection control in the elderly population with a focus on evaluating how health care changes contribute to improving population health.

She graduated with honors from Adelphi University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing; and has completed masters’ degrees in Education and Health Care Policy and Management.

Since becoming a registered nurse, Aliyu worked at a level one trauma center tertiary care institution in a variety of settings, starting with intensive care units, the emergency department and health information management. She served as a preceptor, charge nurse and nurse quality representative. She was awarded Emergency Department nurse of the year in 2011. She currently works as an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University School of Nursing and Public Health.

Aliyu lives in Holbrook, NY.