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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Lindsay Ryan
2016 cohort, University of San Diego

Lindsey Ryan, BSN, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, at Sharp HealthCare, graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego with her BSN in 2005 and MSN in 2010.

As a CNS she was responsible for the oversight of several publically reported performance indicators, particularly Core Measures. In 2015 she and her colleagues published a paper titled "Creating a Standardized Process to Meet Core Measure Compliance" in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. From this work she has gained a new understanding of clinical measures and holds an interest in researching the newest Core Measure, sepsis.

Ryan lives in San Diego, CA.

Rebecca Safley
2015 cohort, Johns Hopkins University

Rebecca Safley, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in studying the physiology and biomechanics of pregnancy and birth, with the idea that supporting and working with these forces may improve labor outcomes and decrease unnecessary intervention.

She earned her BA in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Remembering her childhood dream of becoming a midwife, she returned to school and received her BSN, and later her MSN in Midwifery and Women’s Health, from the University of Pennsylvania.

After completing her BSN, she worked as a medical-surgical nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Daisy Award Recipient. Following the completion of her MSN course, Rebecca moved to Martinsburg, WV to practice as a nurse-midwife at Shenandoah Valley Medical System (an FQHC). In between working at the office and attending deliveries at Berkeley Medical Center, she pursued Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) training and subsequently became an instructor. She has worked as a preceptor with nursing students through Shepherd University and also with midwifery and medical students at her office.

She lives in Martinsburg, WV but will be moving to Glen Burnie, MD for graduate school.

Margaret Salinas
2018 cohort, Marquette University

Margaret Salinas, MSN, APNP, FNP-C is interested in studying older adults aging in place and the concepts of loneliness and social isolation. While working as a nurse practitioner, she encountered many older adults who were increasingly isolated in their homes due to medical conditions, difficulty traveling, and other social issues. Patients reported that being alone led to decreased interest in meal preparation, medication adherence, and physical activity. These patients, who were happy to come in to the clinic for the social aspect of seeing someone who knew them, inspired her research interest in older adults aging in the community setting.

Margaret earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing from the University of New Hampshire and has had various roles as an RN and NP in Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Washington State. She now lives in Elm Grove, WI.

Jill Scherrey
2018 cohort, University of California Los Angeles

Jill Scherrey MSN, RN-BC is interested in studying patient education strategies in the renal transplant patient population. She is using a mixed methods design to explore both the patient and nurse educators perceptions and response to a newly designed patient education process.

Jill earned her Master’s degree in nursing education from Walden University in 2013. Jill has worked at UCLA for 24 years in both adult and pediatric ICU. Since completing her Master’s Jill has worked in nursing education. As of January of 2018 she is the Consumer Education Specialist for UCLA Health.

Jill lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband John and son Vince.