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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Jessica Badillo
2017 cohort, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Jessica Badillo, MSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with an interest in attacking the global burden of Acute surgical disease by implementing strategies to introduce Advance Practice Nurses as interprofessional leaders in Latin America.

She earned her bacchalaurete degree from Universidad Metropolitana, Recinto de Aguadilla and her two master's degree from EDP University, Recinto de San Sebastian.

Badillo worked for six years as an emergency room nurse in Hospital Perea at Mayaguez, PR. During this time she completed an internship at Massachussetts General Hospital in the trauma/acute surgical division under the supervision of the trauma program manager. She is also member of a surgical team who travels annually to Cuba to promote and educate nurses and physicians on the advances of trauma, acute care and nurse leadership and empowerment.

Badillo lives in Newark, New Jersey.

Angela Bazzell
2018 cohort, Duke University

Angela Bazzell, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, AOCNP, is pursuing her Phd in Nursing with a focus on factors influencing adherence to treatment guidelines and their relation to quality of life and overall survival in cancer patients. Her main area of interest is treatment disparity for patients diagnosed with cancer.

She earned her BSN from the University of Texas at Arlington, MSN from the University of Florida and DNP from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her experience providing care to patients with colon and rectal cancer inspired her to apply and she was selected for the Post Graduate Fellowship in Oncology Nursing at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Bazzell also achieved the distinction of becoming certified as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP) through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC). Prior to attending Duke, Bazzell was Associate Director of APRN Programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Bazzell lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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.

Kathleen Begonia
2018 cohort, City University of New York

Kathleen Begonia, MS, RN-BC, CCRN-K is interested in technology and its impact on nursing workflow. She is curious to see how the quality of patient care can improve with nursing informatics standardization of documentation and educational competencies. She is also interested in the way artificial intelligence will support nurses in delivering safe patient care.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Molloy College. After graduation, she worked as a telemetry and neurosurgical ICU nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, NY. She worked per diem in the neurosurgical ICU in Northwell Health in Manhasset, NY. During the summers, she worked as a camp nurse for children and adults with special needs at Camp Anchor in Lido Beach, NY. When she completed her Masters of Science in Nursing Informatics at New York University, she worked for the Information Technology Department at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, NY as a Clinical Informaticist with the Clinical Applications Implementation Team. Her graduate capstone focused on compliance of barcoding medications. The project entitled, Creating A Barcoding Compliance Database Reporting System’ was published in Comparative Effectiveness Research in 2016. The experience she gained in clinical informatics at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Information Technology Department led her to be hired by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Currently, Kathleen works as a Nursing Informatics Specialist. In addition, she has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing students at NYU’s Rory Myers College of Nursing.

Kathleen is Vice President of the Alexander Begonia Foundation, a global organization she co-founded, which builds playgrounds, offers feeding programs, and conducts medical missions for those in need. Founded in 1998, the foundation is named in honor of her brother, Alexander, who was born with Down syndrome.

Ms. Begonia lives in Floral Park, New York.