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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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.

Shoshana Aronowitz
2016 cohort, University of Pennsylvania

Shoshana Aronowitz, BA, MSN, FNP-BC, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in mental health, trauma, substance abuse and the criminal justice system.

She earned her BA from McGill University and her MSN from University of Vermont.

Aronowitz has worked as an RN at a substance abuse clinic and on a buprenorphine clinical trial in Burlington, VT. She has also worked as an FNP at Planned Parenthood of North Country New York and Soteria Vermont. Her master’s thesis, which focused on the experiences of individuals who lost access to medication-assisted treatment for opiate abuse when they were incarcerated, was published in the Journal of Correctional Healthcare.

Aronowitz lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Faith Atte
2014 cohort, Villanova University

Faith Ikarede Atte, RN, MSN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, at the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, is interested in understanding the impact of stigma towards the mentally ill. The mentally ill are not only faced with the debilitating symptoms of mental illness but they also have to deal with the misconception and stereotypic views of the public towards them.

She earned her Associate Degree from Burlington County College, Bachelor Degree in Nursing from Thomas Edison State College and her Masters in Nursing from Villanova University.

Atte works at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital in Trenton NJ as a Charge Nurse and Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, NJ in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit as a staff nurse.

Atte lives in Willingboro, NJ.

Christine Bader
2015 cohort, University of Pennsylvania

Christine Bader, MS, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar at the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, is interested in conducting translational research furthering evidence-based practice that can be rapidly applied to the clinical setting. There is an urgent need in the United States to promote a common standard for measuring health care outcomes, to enable rapid adoption of proven practices, help reduce unwanted variation, and improve the coordination of care over time and across treatment venues. More specifically, Bader is interested in helping people who have sustained major extremity trauma through measuring pain and behavioral health outcomes during transitions of care and through rehabilitation and reintegration.

Bader earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pennsylvania State University, and her Master of Science from the California College of Health Sciences.

Bader is a nurse executive professional with experience in a variety of settings within the Department of Defense, including executive leadership, health care policy, clinical medicine/surgery, and community/public health. She is an American Nurses Credentialing Center board certified nurse executive.

Bader lives in McLean, VA.