Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?
I attended IUPUI for my BSN as an undergraduate. I enjoyed the school, and the offerings for research and clinical experiences with five local hospitals. I appreciated being at a university that was recognized nationally. IU School of Nursing is recognized nationally for multiple nursing programs by U.S. News and World Report. If you want to be a future leader, it is key to learn and be trained by one of the best nursing programs in the country.
What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?
My favorite academic accomplishment so far has been being selected for the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Scholars Program in Spring 2021. EMSC is a nationally and federally funded program to reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness and injury. Its mission is to minimize morbidity and mortality of acutely ill and injured children across the EMS for children continuum. The EMSC Scholars program was launched in 2021, designed to support early career clinicians and health system professionals to become future leaders in becoming leaders in the pediatric emergency space. My work with the EMSC Scholars program research and doctoral project coincide to focus on pediatric emergency care coordinators in Indiana and potential enablers and barriers to appointment and retention. I have the privilege to work with local and national mentors to refine and complete my research, with the hopes to publish and present at the state and national level.
What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?
Indianapolis has always held a special place for me in my heart. The IUPUI campus was the location I met my husband, got engaged to be married, obtained my undergraduate degree, and where I am continuing my current professional and academic endeavors. In addition, Indianapolis is the home of Riley Hospital for Children, which is the place that helped me recognize my love and passion for pediatrics and emergency medicine. Indianapolis is a beautiful city, with countless opportunities for individuals and healthcare professionals to grow and develop.
Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.
As an EMSC Scholars recipient, I am currently working on my research study devoted to identifying factors affecting pediatric emergency care coordinator (PECC) appointment by state and national experts. From the findings of this study, additional research will be focused on specific factors here in Indiana that affect PECC appointment and pediatric readiness across the state. PECCs are a key role in improving pediatric readiness, being identified as the greatest intervention to improve pediatric emergency care outcomes and decrease pediatric morbidity and mortality. In addition to my research work as a graduate student, I have volunteered with the Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana (DYFI) located in Noblesville, IN. I have spent the last 6 years serving at DYFI camp over the summer serving as medical staff. In 2021, I became a board member for the organization, and continue now serving in a lead medical staff role within the group. DYFI is a local 501c3 non-profit with a mission and passion to educate, encourage, and empower children living with Type 1 diabetes, while providing support to their families. With DYFI I work to help support efforts to serve hundreds of youth every year with residential summer camps, day camp, family & teen weekends, ambassador programs, and other outreach opportunities. All of my desire and passion in my personal, professional, and educational background all focus on improving care for children. I am the proud mother of two children, age 3 & 8. I am driven to ensure quality care and resources for my children and all other children across the state.