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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Christine Bader
2015 cohort, University of Pennsylvania

Christine Bader, MS, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar at the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, is interested in conducting translational research furthering evidence-based practice that can be rapidly applied to the clinical setting. There is an urgent need in the United States to promote a common standard for measuring health care outcomes, to enable rapid adoption of proven practices, help reduce unwanted variation, and improve the coordination of care over time and across treatment venues. More specifically, Bader is interested in helping people who have sustained major extremity trauma through measuring pain and behavioral health outcomes during transitions of care and through rehabilitation and reintegration.

Bader earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pennsylvania State University, and her Master of Science from the California College of Health Sciences.

Bader is a nurse executive professional with experience in a variety of settings within the Department of Defense, including executive leadership, health care policy, clinical medicine/surgery, and community/public health. She is an American Nurses Credentialing Center board certified nurse executive.

Bader lives in McLean, VA.

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.