Master of Nursing

Outstanding Scholars

Each year graduating students are nominated for their outstanding scholarship. This prestigious award is presented to one student at the Annual Master of Nursing Symposium held in June.

Taken into consideration is the student’s academic work, scholarly inquiry, and practice in relationship to the application of theory and evidence-based knowledge to practice resulting in demonstrated potential to enhance the nursing profession, nursing education, the health of the public, and/or health care.

Nina.jpgNina Kirk
2022 Master of Nursing Outstanding Scholar Recipient

Nina embodies nurse education for positive change. Nina's capstone, "Addressing Discrimination and Bias in the Nursing Workforce: Developing Learner-Centered Education" explored the experiences and perceived capabilities of RN-to-BSN students in addressing workplace discrimination and bias to identify gaps in student knowledge and skills to be developed in course curriculum.  Nina brought a personal and theoretical understanding of the impacts of racism and other structural oppressions. Nina focused the project on the development of an assessment instrument, in the form of a survey, to explore community-specific knowledge and skills needed to address workplace discrimination and bias.

Ivanka.jpgIvanka Vassileva
2021 Master of Nursing Outstanding Scholar Recipient

Ivanka utilized her fieldwork to make necessary changes to the new Nurse-Driven Protocol to promote quality of care and patient safety and decrease in hospital-acquired CAUTI. Her fieldwork exemplafied the application of theory and evidence-based knowledge to practice and her academic work, scholarly inquiry, and practice demonstrated great potential to further enhance the nursing profession. 



Jarick-Huliganga.jpgJarick C. Huliganga
2020 Master of Nursing Outstanding Scholar Recipient

Jarick Huliganga translated his academic work into a hospital-wide QI project that is focused on improving patient safety and public health outcome. The goal of this very important project he spearheaded was to improve patient handoff in order to enhance patient safety and increase nurse satisfaction. In collaboration with the unit personnel he developed a standardized patient handoff tool with educational training for staff in the perioperative department at Kaiser’s Central Hospital Surgery Center. This tool was rolled out but follow-up evaluations were halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Susan Collins
2019 Master of Nursing Outstanding Scholar Recipient

Susan Collins translated her academic work in the Administrative Leadership Track to become the voice for nurses. She used her new voice as a graduate prepared nurse to ensure enough nurses were at 'the table' when decisions impacting patient care and nurse safety were being made. She is now the HMC Magnet Coordinator. 


Arlyce-Coumar-180726A-003-(2).jpgArlyce Coumar
2018 Master of Nursing Outstanding Scholar Recipient

Arlyce Coumar has personified the Mission and Vision of the UW “to advance nursing science and practice through generating knowledge and preparing future leaders to address health”.  Arlyce incorporated the paradigm of practice taught at UWB that has the global community as partner in health care. Her professional practice begins with the client as primary foci and never acts upon the individual or community rather is guided by a spirit of collaboration and respectful partnership.

Updated June 2022