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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Katherine Bernier
2016 cohort, University of Connecticut

Katherine Bernier, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in exploring the transition from acute pain to chronic pain in the pediatric population and the associated biobehavioral outcomes. She also aims to examine the role of nurses in providing care to patients experiencing this change. Bernier is passionate about understanding the impact of pain on the daily lives of children and adolescents with chronic illness as well as identifying innovative ways to care for this population.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester.

Bernier’s nursing career began as a staff nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit at Albany Medical Center. Currently she works as a clinical nurse at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, CT, where she cares for children on an inpatient medical-surgical unit that specializes in hematology and oncology.

Bernier lives in Manchester, CT.

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Desiree Bertrand
2014 cohort, Medical University of South Carolina

Desiree R. Bertrand, MSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of the Virgin Islands. Her research interests are women's health, health disparities and intimate partner violence.

She earned a Bachelor of Nursing from the University on the Virgin Islands and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Midwestern State University.

Bertrand also has a joint appointment with the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center, University of the Virgin Islands, School of Nursing, where she is Co-Principal Investigator on a major study: An Integrated Risk Reduction Intervention for Abused African Caribbean and African American women in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Other work experience includes: Research coordinator at Caribbean Exploratory Research Center, University of the Virgin Islands, Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served as a commissioned officer and a registered nurse for four years at the Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas, Travel nurse, Fastaff Travel Nursing Agency, Staff nurse at the St. Thomas Hospital, St. Thomas, USVI, Home Health Nurse, Sea View Health Care Services, Inc. St. Croix, USVI.

Bertrand lives in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Irene Bick
2015 cohort, Columbia University

Irene Bick, MBA, BA, BS, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in studying the holistic health needs of older adults with chronic age related conditions as they approach the last phase of life. She would like to research and compare the cost and quality of current and emerging end-of-life care models based on the attributes deemed important to older adults.

Bick earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Smith College, her Master of Business Administration in Management from Wharton Graduate/University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Columbia University.

Bick currently works at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, NY, as a staff nurse on the Hematology/Oncology unit. Before entering nursing, Bick worked in marketing and product development. She worked for several Fortune 100 companies, including MetLife in New York, NY, where her experience included leading cross-functional teams through market assessments, new product development and pilot launches.

Bick lives in Bronxville, NY.

Joyce Brady
2017 cohort, Ohio State University

Joyce M. Brady, MEd, BSN, RN, CHES, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in pursuing improved interaction strategies between nurses and patients to achieve patient focused outcomes. Specifically, strategies such as active listening and compassion demonstrate a nurse’s ability to understand patients’ needs and concerns to achieve care goals while conveying respect for the human spirit.

Brady earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Akron and her Master of Education from Cleveland State University.

She has formerly worked at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio as a Clinical Nurse and most recently at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio as the Patient & Family Education Coordinator to advance patient education and outcomes.

Brady lives in Columbus, Ohio.