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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Brittney Sullivan
2014 cohort, Duke University

Brittney Sullivan, MSN, CPNP, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is a pediatric nurse practitioner and is pursuing her PhD in Nursing with a focus on pediatric global health. She is interested in psychosocial issues surrounding disclosure of chronic illnesses in resource-limited settings and hopes to complete her research abroad. Sullivan spent 2013-2014 in Malawi, Africa as part of the inaugural year of the Peace Corps/SEED Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) teaching in the Department of Nursing at Mzuzu University. She is passionate about providing care in high disease burden areas with limited resources.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College.

Prior to her time in Africa, Sullivan worked in Massachusetts as a PNP mostly in Adolescent Medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA. She also worked part-time at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA and Garden City Pediatrics in Beverly, MA. She has worked with Partners in Development in Haiti as well as completed research with Students Helping Honduras outside of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Sullivan lives in Durham, NC.

John Sweetko
2018 cohort, Case Western Reserve University

John Sweetko, MSN, RN, CPEN, CNE is interested in finding ways to apply theories like social-cognitive theory and resourcefulness theory to parents and caregivers of children with chronic illnesses in order to help them better provide care at home and be better able to cope with the stress associated with caring for a chronically ill child.

He earned his BA in history from Youngstown State University, his BSN from Walsh University and his MSN in nursing education from Duquesne University.

John Sweetko has been a staff nurse at Akron Children’s Hospital, Mahoning Valley since 2013. He started his career in the Float Department where he worked primarily in the NICU and a general care pediatric floor. He moved to his current position in the Emergency Department in 2015. He has also worked as a clinical instructor for Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Sweetko lives in Poland, Oh.

Andrea Tanner
2018 cohort, Indiana University

Andrea Tanner, MSN, RN, CNS, NCSN is interested in researching the effectiveness of school nurse interventions on the quality of life and academic success of students with mental health concerns, especially those with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). After seeing the devastating toll PNES have had on students, families, teachers, classrooms, and school support teams, it became clear to Tanner that schools and community healthcare providers need guidance to ensure schools are a safe, welcoming environment for healing and learning.

She earned her BSN from Murray State University and her MSN as from University of Missouri.
Tanner has been a school nurse for 15 years and serves as the Coordinator of Health Services for New Albany Floyd County Schools in New Albany, IN. She is also the president-elect of the Indiana Association of School Nurses (and will become president in November).

Tanner lives in Georgetown, IN.

Anne Taunton
2017 cohort, Rush University

Anne Taunton, PhD, RNC-OB, BSN, BS, MS, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in maternal and infant microbiome development. She is exploring the role of labor stress on the maternal microbiome and how the maternal microbiome influences the development of the microbiome in the preterm infant gut.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID, her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR, and her PhD in Geochemistry from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID.

Taunton has been a high risk labor and delivery nurse for ten years and is certified in Inpatient Obstetrics. She is an instructor for AWHONN and teaches Intermediate Fetal Monitoring. She currently works in the Family Birth Center at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL.

Taunton lives in Geneva, IL.