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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Shira Winter
2016 cohort, University of California, San Francisco

Shira Winter, BSN, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, intends to study how the advanced practice nursing workforce interacts with the healthcare system in community settings. Patients’ ability to access healthcare services in the community has the potential to decrease barriers to access, change cost, and influence healthcare outcomes for vulnerable populations. Primary care services are increasingly being delivered by APRNs in clinics situated in the community, such as retail clinics, school health centers, and specialized community health centers. Winter plans to investigate the geographic, financial, political, and social variables that impact care delivery in these settings.

Winter earned her Bachelor of Arts in Modern Middle East Studies from Yale University, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions (MGHIHP) in Boston.

Winter was a teaching assistant in Community Health and Nursing Practice courses at the MGHIHP. She also assisted faculty with research related to HIV health literacy, use of simulation in psychiatric mental health nursing education, the nurse practitioner workforce, and global health nursing. She has worked as a nursing assistant at Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge, MA, as a Medication Reconciliation Intern at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Emergency Department in Boston, and as a volunteer camp nurse at Camp Kesem, MIT.

Winter lives in San Francisco, CA.

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Rose Mary Xavier
2014 cohort, Duke University

Rose Mary Xavier, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, a Future of Nursing Scholar, is pursuing her PhD with the goal of studying the neurobiological and genetic mechanisms of schizophrenia with a focus on symptomatology, particularly the lack of insight, cognitive deficits and psychotic aggression.

She earned her BSc Nursing with distinction from College of Nursing Thiruvananthapuram in India and her Masters degree from Arizona State University.

She has worked in several specialties including Psychiatry, Chemical Dependency, Cardiac Surgery, Neurology and Neurosurgery, at different capacities ranging from bedside nursing to nursing education. She is an ANCC certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and has been in practice since 2008. She has extensive experience working with the mentally ill and chemically dependent population in several psychiatric care settings- both involuntary and voluntary treatment facilities, large community hospitals, state mental health systems and OP psychiatry clinics in the states of Arizona and Minnesota.

Xavier lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Melissa Yager
2017 cohort, University of San Diego

Melissa Yager, MS, RN, CNS, ONC, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, at Sharp Healthcare, is interested in studying the causes and prevention of delirium in patients following a hip fracture. As a clinical nurse specialist specializing in adult orthopedics, Yager hopes to improve the outcomes of this vulnerable patient population.

She earned her Associate Degree of Nursing from Grossmont College, her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and her Masters of Science in Nursing/ Clinical Nurse Specialist from San Diego State University.

Yager has worked for Sharp Healthcare in San Diego in various nursing roles all within the specialty of orthopedics for 19 years, she has worked in her current role as clinical nurse specialist since 2012. Yager also serves as an Executive Director for the National Association of Orhtopaedic Nurses and as associate faculty at Miracosta College.

Yager lives in San Diego, CA.