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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Dana Beck
2017 cohort, University of Michigan

Dana Beck, BA, BSN, RN, FNP-BC, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, at Johnson & Johnson, is interested in improving the health of vulnerable women and girls globally through increased access to comprehensive reproductive health services. Specifically, she is interested in the process of community mobilization enacted through socially accountable, gender transformative research and the longitudinal impact on the community.

Beck earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan and her Master’s of Science in Nursing as a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Michigan.

She worked as a healthworker at the Atlanta Feminist Women’s Health Center and as a Clinical Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine before returning to school to obtain her nursing degree. As a nurse, Beck worked in a cardio-thoracic surgical step down unit for 2.5 years before transitioning to work on the child and adolescent mental health unit at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. During this time, she also worked per-diem at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit as a float nurse on their telemetry units and gained experience as a Research Assistant at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

Beck lives in Detroit, Michigan.

Jodi Behr
2017 cohort, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Jodi Herron Behr, MSN, JD, APRN, RNC-NIC, ACCNS-P, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is a neonatal and pediatric nurse who is researching parents’ experiences in the neonatal intensive care unit. As a nurse who has worked extensively with parents through this stressful time, Behr wants to understand the parents’ perceptions of the neonatal intensive care unit environment and how parents cope with this experience.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, a Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana University, a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University, and a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Behr has been a nurse for more than 20 years working in neonatal and pediatric settings where she has worked as a staff nurse, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse manager. She has worked at several healthcare systems in Indiana, Kentucky, and Texas, including Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, St. Vincent Women’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Norton Healthcare, including Norton Children’s Hospital, in Louisville, Kentucky. She has also practiced healthcare law in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Behr lives in Houston, Texas.

Sarah Belcher
2015 cohort, University of Pittsburgh

Sarah Belcher, BSN, RN, OCN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is focusing on biobehavioral research to understand the short- and long-term psychosocial and emotional responses of cancer survivors with multiple primary cancer diagnoses. This research interest arose from a clinical background caring for individuals with hematologic malignancy who had experienced multiple primary cancers throughout their lives. Belcher aims to add to the science around this sparsely described population in order to ultimately develop targeted interventions to support this growing and vulnerable population of cancer survivors.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University.

Belcher began working as a clinical nurse and oncology nursing intern at Duke University Medical Center on the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant unit in Durham, NC. She also cared for those with hematologic malignancy as a staff nurse at The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in Columbus on a hematology/oncology unit and an acute leukemia progressive care unit.

Additionally, she has worked as an inpatient hospice RN at Ohio Health’s Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, she worked as nurse manager on a medical oncology/benign hematology unit at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Case Medical Center in Cleveland. For the past two years, Belcher has worked for the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing as a graduate nursing intern for the Office of Community Partnerships, an undergraduate clinical instructor on a gastrointestinal surgical oncology unit at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside Hospital, a teaching assistant, and a graduate research assistant.

Belcher lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Stephanie Bennett
2017 cohort, University of Cincinnati

Stephanie Bennett, MBA, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in studying continuous learning cycles that occur in health systems. She wants to understand the process by which mutual learning occurs among clinicians, researchers, and patients and how this type of learning improves social determinants of health. Bennett is especially concerned about vulnerable populations and wants to ensure that patients receive relevant and individualized education that empowers decision making and improves health outcomes.

Bennett earned her Associates of Arts degree from East Mississippi Community College and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

Over the past 12 years, Bennett worked as a senior clinical editor for Elsevier’s Performance Management group, where she developed eLearning courses to improve professional development. Most recently, Bennett was the product owner and creator of Mosby’s Medical-Surgical Nursing Orientation eLearning course. Before working at Elsevier, Bennett worked at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia as charge nurse for operating room and extended recovery services in an outpatient surgery center.

Bennett lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.