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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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.

Kelli Thoele
2017 cohort, Indiana University

Kelli Thoele, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, BMTCN, OCN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in improving the health of populations through the implementation of evidence-based practice. Specifically, she is interested in the concept of innovation adoption and the factors that influence the adoption and sustainability of evidence-based nursing interventions.

She earned her Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana University.

Thoele has experience as a staff nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist in adult hematology/oncology at Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, she participates in the Putting Evidence Into Practice team to help recommend evidence-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

Thoele lives in Indianapolis, IN.

Whitney Thurman
2015 cohort, University of Texas at Austin

Whitney Thurman, MSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in studying how extracurricular activity and community engagement affects long-term physical and mental health of adolescents who have suffered childhood abuse or trauma. Ultimately, she would like to understand how, where, and when we can intervene in order to help offset the chronic stress experienced by this vulnerable population.

Thurman earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her most recent work experience has been as an instructor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin School of Nursing. In this role she has taught public health nursing at the graduate level, worked on a variety of research projects related to adolescent health, and served as the unit coordinator for the University of Texas Medical Reserve Corps. Prior to joining the faculty at UT, Thurman served as the director of Clinical Affairs for the Texas Association of Community Health Centers.

Thurman lives in Austin, TX.

Elizabeth Tinker
2016 cohort, University of Washington

Elizabeth (Beth) Tinker, RN, MN/MPH is studying early childhood adversity/adverse childhood experiences. Her particular interest area is inter-generational early childhood trauma and interventions for pregnant women to increase bonding, attachment and access to appropriate resources to decrease the perpetuation of early childhood trauma. Throughout her career in public health and public health nursing, Tinker has worked with families who are profoundly impacted by trauma and believes in the resiliency and desire for individuals, families and communities to be trauma informed and work collaboratively and using science to combat experiences and exposures that limit the capacity of children to excel and flourish.

Tinker initially earned her BA from Washington State University. She then earned her BSN from the University of Washington, followed by her Master’s in Nursing and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Washington.

Tinker worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital on the surgical unit upon completion of her BSN. She then worked for Seattle King County Department of Public Health in a variety of nursing roles over the past 15 years. Initially she was a nurse in a community health ambulatory care setting, followed by 8 years as a public health nurse in a community/field setting and currently works as a nursing supervisor for public health.

Tinker lives in Seattle, WA.