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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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.

Jacqueline Vo
2015 cohort, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Jacqueline Vo, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in researching the cardiovascular effects of toxicities related to breast cancer treatment. There is a lack of knowledge about this area and Vo wants to ensure that breast cancer survivors receive the information they need to be aware of cardiovascular problems that may result from chemotherapy or radiation. Early diagnoses tend to lead to better prognoses.

Vo earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

She works as a staff nurse in the cardiothoracic intensive care unit at UAB Hospital, where she has developed a passion for supporting long term ICU patients. She hopes to one day develop a group that helps these patients and their families cope with the emotional aspects of long-term stays in an ICU. She is particularly interested in working with the families of patients using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and ECMO patients during their bridge to heart and/or lung transplant recovery.

Vo lives in Hoover, AL.

Natalie Voigt
2015 cohort, Columbia University

Natalie Voigt, MSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, is interested in health promotion and understanding the health information needs of adolescent girls. She became interested in this area after her medical mission trips to Haiti where she discovered this widespread need among adolescent girls and young women. She plans to work first with with local Haitian-American communities, and she hopes eventually to translate her work to have a global impact.

Voigt earned her Associate Degree in nursing from Miami Dade College, her Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Florida, and her Master of Science in Nursing from Barry University.

Voigt began her career on a medical surgical unit, then progressed to a cardiac stepdown and post interventional unit while living in South Florida. She later moved to New York and worked as an assistant nurse manager on a surgical progressive care unit. She currently works as an assistant nurse manager on a telemetry and post cardiothoracic surgery unit at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, NY.

Voigt lives in Queens, NY.

Tanya Wallace-Farquharson
2015 cohort, University of Miami

Tanya Wallace-Farquharson, MSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in conducting research aimed at improving health, health care, and health outcomes in the maternal, infant, and child population. She has particular interests in addressing health disparities, such as infant mortality, low birth weight, and preterm birth, which continue to disproportionately affect minority populations.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing from University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Wallace-Farquharson has extensive experience in pediatrics, ranging from inpatient care to community health. Prior to returning to school full-time at the University of Miami, she worked as a pediatric cardiac intensive care nurse at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando. Her prior experiences include working as a pediatric cardiovascular intensive care nurse fellow at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and a pediatric case manager/care coordinator and nursing program specialist for the Orange County Health Department in Orlando, FL.

Wallace-Farquharson lives in Orlando, FL.