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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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.

Colleen Anusiewicz
2017 cohort, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Colleen V. Anusiewicz, BSN, RN is pursuing research regarding the impact workplace bullying has on the mental health of new graduate nurses in relation to their intent to remain in the nursing profession. Understanding the impact of workplace bullying on the mental health of new graduate nurses will assist hospitals and employers in combating the high turnover rates amongst new graduate nurses.

She earned her Bachelor in Science of Nursing from the University of Alabama and is currently a BSN to PhD student.

Anusiewicz worked for one year as a general adult health RN at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital located in Birmingham, Alabama.

Anusiewicz live in Birmingham, Alabama.

Neethu Arikupurathu
2017 cohort, University of Missouri - Columbia

Neethu Arikupurathu, MS, RN-BC, NPP, is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, at Northwell Health. She is interested in researching the effectiveness of school-based mental health training programs on improving the mental health literacy of school personnel, allowing them to identify early signs of mental illness in their students.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New York Institute of Technology, a Master’s in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Post-Master’s in Nursing Informatics from Chamberlain University. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing.

She currently works as a Nurse Manager at Zucker Hillside hospital (ZHH), a 222-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital, part of Northwell Health. She began her career as a new graduate nurse at ZHH in 2011. She has worked on an Early Episode/First Break unit as well as on a Geriatric Psychiatry unit where, in 2014, she was promoted to the title of Assistant Nurse Manager. In 2016 she was promoted to Nurse Manager and was instrumental in the opening of a new adult psychiatric inpatient unit at ZHH.

Arikupurathu lives in Bergenfield, New Jersey.

Stephanie Armstrong
2015 cohort, Medical University of South Carolina

Stephanie Armstrong, MSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in research involving vulnerable populations, intercultural competence, and human trafficking. Armstrong is especially concerned about victims of sexual trafficking, the majority of whom are women and children from disadvantaged backgrounds. She will focus her PhD work on victim recognition by individuals and agencies that are most likely to interact with such persons. Through her work in this area, Armstrong seeks to improve awareness, recognition, interventions, and services available for the victims of this growing, worldwide epidemic.

Armstrong earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from George Mason University.

Armstrong’s work experience includes clinical practice at Inova Fairfax Hospital Women’s Center, one of the nation’s largest birthing facilities. She has also practiced at several community-based hospitals in the Washington D.C. area, as well as Charleston, S.C. For many years, Armstrong has been involved in community-based education, teaching courses on topics such as newborn care, postpartum care, and breastfeeding. In 2004, she was the project lead for the development of a book entitled, “Do You Know A Nurse?” The book created to promote nursing as a career choice to school-aged children.

Armstrong has served as nursing faculty at George Mason University, South Carolina State University, and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She currently coordinates the Women’s Health portion of MUSC’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, providing didactic, simulation, and clinical instruction.

Armstrong lives in Charleston, SC.