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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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.

Catherine Allen
2018 cohort, University of Texas

Catherine (Katy) Allen MPH, RN-BC, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in improving the health of pregnant women. She is particularly interested in health disparities related to pregnancy.

Katy graduated from Miami University, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in 1996 and received her Master of Public Health degree from Indiana University in 1999. She then received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Valparaiso University in 2000 through an accelerated BSN program. She is a board certified in ambulatory care nursing.

Katy is working as a research assistant at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Nursing while pursuing her degree. Previously, she worked as a perinatal nurse in the home, clinic, and hospital settings for 12 years before transitioning to telephone triage. During her 6 years with the nurse triage call center, Katy developed a pregnancy/newborn education and training program. She is a member of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), Sigma Theta Tau, and the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN).

Katy lives in Austin, Texas.

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Sarah Allgood
2014 cohort, Johns Hopkins University

Sarah Allgood, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in studying the effects of pain on clinical outcomes in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Patients with CF are now living longer than ever. As they age and their CF lung disease progresses it becomes increasingly important to address quality of life. There is a dearth of research in areas such as pain, anxiety, chronic disease coping mechanisms, palliative care, and end of life care for the adult CF patient. Allgood’s primary research goals are to explore the relationship of pain on quality of life and disease progression and the use of palliative care interventions in this patient population.

She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in 2009. Prior to her nursing career, Allgood was an Equine Veterinary Technician and holds an AS in Animal Health.

Allgood currently works as a Research Nurse at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD where she manages multiple observational and clinical trials for Dr. Noah Lechtzin, MD, MHS and the Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Research Center. Previously, she was med-surg clinical research nurse at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD where she worked with endocrine, GI, and pulmonary patient populations.

Allgood lives in Woodbine, MD.

Natalie Anderson
2018 cohort, University of Hawaii

Natalie Anderson MSN, APRN,FNP-C, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar at the University of Hawaii, is interested in maternal and child health. She is particularly passionate about the postpartum care that women receive and how the gaps in care influence postnatal mood disorders.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Hawaii.

She has experience working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in federally qualified community health centers, a school based-health clinic, and currently is working in private practice.

Anderson lives in Honolulu, HI.