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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Udia-Oghenetega Otuguor
2015 cohort, Emory University

Udia-Oghenetega Otuguor, RN, BSc, MBA, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is focusing her research on the caregiver burden experienced by informal caregivers of heart failure patients. She is interested in understanding the relationship between caregiver self-efficacy and health-related outcomes of caregivers.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Benin in Benin City, Nigeria, and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkson, GA.

She is currently a research intern at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

Otuguor lives in Marietta, GA.

Amisha Parekh de Campos
2017 cohort, University of Connecticut

Amisha Parekh de Campos, RN, BSN, MPH, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, at Care Institute, is looking to close the knowledge gap by enhancing nursing curriculum in palliative care. Palliative care is too often mistaken for hospice care. Her goal is to integrate palliative care into the undergraduate nursing curriculum to help define palliative care, differentiate palliative care and hospice care and provide earlier plans of care that includes symptom management and goals of care for patients and families.

She earned her Bachelors in Exercise Science and Masters in Public Health from The George Washington University and her Bachelors in Nursing from The University of Saint Joseph.

Parekh de Campos has worked in international settings such as the Dominican Republic, United Kingdom and India doing various public health work in the field of HIV/AIDs, health education and community outreach. She worked for many years as a health analyst for a private risk management firm in Annapolis, Maryland specializing in travel health. In nursing, Parekh de Campos started in neuro-trauma, but much of her career has been in hospice and palliative homecare. Most of her career has been at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT in various roles in the hospice and palliative program. Recently she has overseen the homecare program as the clinical manager for four years and currently is works at the health educator.

Parekh de Campos lives in Glastonbury, CT.

Stephen Perez
2014 cohort, University of Pennsylvania

Stephen Perez, RN, MS, NP, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, at the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, is aiming to study how policy decisions affect significant public health issues and outcomes in underserved populations. His particular area of interest is in the intersection of health policy and infectious diseases. He believes evidenced-based policy making is essential to developing innovative and sustainable public health programs and models. He would like to explore how nurses can continue to lead health policy conversations in this country.

Perez earned his Bachelor’s of Science, in Health Science from St. Mary’s College of California. After finishing his RN training at the University of San Diego, he went on to complete a Master’s of Science from the University of California, San Francisco. At UCSF, Perez trained to become an Adult Nurse Practitioner focusing in primary care and HIV/AIDS care.

Perez has 9 years of diverse nursing experience in the field of HIV/AIDS, public health and chronic disease management. His diverse professional background includes work in direct clinical care, health policy and quality improvement in health systems. After completing his M.S. degree, he was selected as the Edward Roybal Graduate Public Health Fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, D.C. This provided him a valuable experience and exposure to health policy, federal programing and advocacy. Perez most recently served as a Quality Improvement Consultant for the Inova Juniper Program, the largest provider of HIV services in Northern Virginia. He is also currently serving in this capacity for Inova Transitional Services, a program of Inova Health System aimed at reducing hospital readmission rates through targeted chronic disease management strategies. Perez also maintained a clinical practice at Inova Health System, seeing patients in both programs. Through these experiences he has become skilled at managing complex chronic diseases in addition to HIV/AIDS.

Additionally he serves as adjunct faculty in the Georgetown University graduate nursing program. He holds certifications as an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (Assoc. of Nurses in AIDS Care), an Adult Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (American Nurses Credentialing Center), and an HIV Specialist (American Academy of HIV Medicine). Prior to his most recent work, Perez served as lead clinical specialist for the National Center for HIV Care in Minority Communities, and served as a trainer and lecturer for the Pennsylvania/Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center. He has lectured on a broad array of topics including, the medical management of HIV and related co-morbidities, HIV-related health policy issues, Patient Centered Medical Home, health promotion and disease prevention, and primary care issues for persons living with HIV.

Perez lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Carolyn Phillips
2016 cohort, University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

Carolyn Phillips, BSN, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP is interested in how healthcare professionals process their grief in relation to the trauma and suffering they are exposed to in the work environment. Specifically, she is interested in what affects the outcome of moral distress versus resilience and the psycho-neuroimmunological impact of these experiences.

Phillips earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of New Mexico College of Nursing.

She worked as an oncology nurse at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital, Emory University Hospital, and the University of New Mexico hospital. Phillips worked as an oncology nurse and nurse practitioner at New Mexico Cancer Care Associates in Santa Fe. For the past five years, she has pursued research in cancer survivorship in addition to her clinical practice. Last year, she received the Innovative Ideas in Healthcare Award from SVH Support in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and used the grant funds to build the infrastructure for a Community Nursing Research Center at the community oncology clinic in Santa Fe.

Phillips lives in Austin, TX.