Scholars

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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Nhu Tran
2014 cohort, University of California Los Angeles

Nhu Tran, RN, BSN, MSN, CCRN, CCRP, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in blood pressure and cerebral auto regulation. She would like to research how cerebral auto regulation effects blood pressure and circulation of neonates and infants with congenital heart defects.

She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Southern California and her master of science in nursing leadership and administration from University of Southern California.

Tran currently works as a clinical research RN at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Cardiothoracic Surgery department. Before working as a research RN, she worked as a staff RN in the Neonatal and Infant Critical Care Unit at CHLA. She is certified as a critical care nurse in the NICU and she is a certified research professional. Tran has several years of experience as a neonatal resuscitation provider instructor and a pediatric clinical instructor.

Tran lives in Redondo Beach, CA.

Allie Tran
2016 cohort, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Allie Tran, BSN, RN, CCRN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in research aimed at developing knowledge about work environment issues, nursing turnover, and costs of care.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Distinction from the University of Virginia.

Tran worked as a charge and staff nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the University of Virginia Health System. She served as adjunct faculty for the University of Virginia School of Nursing, primarily teaching inter-professional education workshops for nursing and medical students. There, she also conducted a project looking at the impact of graduate nurse-physician simulation education on communication and collaborative behaviors.

She later worked as a travel nurse within the country, and further developed her interest in evaluating work environment issues and their impacts. She spent time working in medical, surgical-trauma, and general intensive care units at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC, Palomar Medical Center in San Diego, CA, and Kaiser Medical Center in Oakland, CA.

Tran currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC.

Elizabeth Umberfield
2016 cohort, University of Michigan

Elizabeth Umberfield, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in studying interdisciplinary communication, with the hope of improving patient safety in the inpatient setting.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saginaw Valley State University.

Umberfield works as a Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit nurse at the University of Michigan Health System, where she has been active on her unit as the Magnet Ambassador and co-author of their AACN Beacon Award for Excellence application. She worked for Saginaw Valley State University’s Writing Center as the Writing in Nursing Educator. In this role, she created writing resources to prepare graduate nursing students and peer tutors to be successful in academic and scientific writing.

Umberfield lives in Farmington Hills, MI.

Heather Vincent
2015 cohort, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

Heather Vincent, MSN, RN, CPHRM, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, plans to conduct research into moral and ethical decision making and fatigue experienced by registered nurses in health care settings.

Vincent earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas (UT) Medical Branch and a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Administration from the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston. Vincent is a member of the National Honor Society for Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau. She was awarded the UT Health School of Nursing Spirit Award and was the graduate student body representative at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston.

Vincent is employed at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center as a risk manager. Her background includes 17 years of experience as a nurse analyst at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Houston. In addition, she has experience in neurological trauma intensive care unit and emergency room nursing. Vincent is a certified professional healthcare risk manager.

She lives in Houston, TX.