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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Samia Abdelnabi
2018 cohort, Wayne State University

Samia Abdelnabi, BSN, MSN, CNM, FNP, a Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing scholar, is interested in pursuing research that would garner understanding of the psychosocial effects of infertility on Muslim infertile couples in the United States. She would like to understand the perception, assess the knowledge and describe practices of infertile Muslim couples in order to develop educational and counseling programs within the Muslim community.

Abdelnabi earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wayne state University, Master of Science in Nursing with a Nurse-Midwife specialty from Wayne State University, and a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from South University.

She began her work as a staff nurse on a cardiac step-down unit for two years then labor and delivery for two years at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn. After graduating with her MSN in Midwifery she transitioned to work as a full scope Certified Nurse Midwife. Abdelnabi has worked for a variety of hospital systems including Wayne State Physician Group at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti, and currently at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor as a laborist. Abdelnabi has a total of 9.5 years of Midwifery experience and remains in practice.

Abdelnabi lives in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

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.