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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Jada Reeves
2016 cohort, Wayne State University

Jada Reeves, BSN, MSN, NP-C, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar will attend Wayne State University in Detroit, MI with the support of a collaboration of Michigan funders. Her focus will be on high-risk sexual behavior among African American adolescents. She is interested in expanding upon and identifying new knowledge that explains the “concept of repeat offenders,” the unknown barriers that exist among African American adolescents between the ages of 11-18 years old that lend to recurrent sexually transmitted infections.

Reeves earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Eastern Michigan University and her Master of Science degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Previously, Reeves served as Site Supervisor at a University of Michigan Health System School Based Health Center. She was a primary care provider at the Center for Family Health Teen Center at Parkside in Jackson, MI. She was also a family nurse practitioner at the Corizon Prison Health system.

Reeves lives in Ypsilanti, MI.

Davika Reid
2016 cohort, University of Texas at Austin

Davika Reid, MSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in studying maternal and neonatal outcomes in order to influence health policy, both locally and abroad.
She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Loma Linda University and her Masters of Science in Nursing in Public Health Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin.

She has been a neonatal intensive care nurse for the past 12 years at Seton Medical Center Austin and also serves as a volunteer triage nurse at the Volunteer Healthcare Clinic, both in Austin, TX.

Reid lives in Austin, TX.

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Laren Riesche
2014 cohort, University of Illinois at Chicago

Laren Riesche, BS, MSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in researching fetal developmental epigenetics as a dynamic process influenced by the maternal environment provided. She is fascinated with an intergenerational view, linking the intrauterine environment that a female fetus experiences to the intrauterine environment which she will provide later in life to her offspring. With this approach, she hopes to gain greater understanding about the effects of fetal development on adult reproductive functioning and the mechanisms involved.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her Master of Science in Nursing from DePaul University.

Riesche has worked in newborn intensive care as a registered nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is currently the project manager for a diabetes research team at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Riesche lives in Chicago, IL.

Ashley Ritter
2015 cohort, University of Pennsylvania

Ashley Z. Ritter, MSN, CRNP, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, hopes to further examine the influence of nursing practice on achieving quality health outcomes specifically for older adults. She will focus on dementia and end-of-life care planning due to the costly impacts these challenges pose to society. She will work to enhance geriatric care through optimization of care models, reimbursement, legislation, and preparation of future care providers.

Ritter earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is board certified as an adult primary care and gerontologic nurse practitioner.

Ritter’s current clinical role is at Abington Memorial Hospital, in the Division of Geriatrics, where she provides primary care to frail older adults across a spectrum of settings. She follows patients in acute care, long-term care, outpatient, and their homes. She is a member of the core faculty in the Department of Medicine in Abington, teaching learners across nursing, medicine, and social work geriatric best practices. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Ritter worked as a registered nurse in Princeton, N.J. on a medical floor and coordinated the opening of an ACE: Acute Care of the Elderly unit and the adoption of Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) program. She has also worked as a home care RN in Philadelphia, PA.

Ritter lives in Philadelphia, PA.