Community Service

Michaela Jones, MS, ANP is completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City, with expected completion in the Fall of 2016. Ms. Jones currently works as a nurse practitioner at the World Trade Center Health Program, providing comprehensive primary care for 9/11 responders who became ill from environmental exposures at Ground Zero. She has served as an intern at a primary care clinic for the underserved, managing patients with multiple chronic comorbidities within a challenged system which affected the quality of care she was able to provide. This inspired her to become part of the solution by completing her DNP. After graduation, Ms. Jones plans to expand her role at the World Trade Center Program to provide a high standard of expertise while serving these patients with complex medical and psychological needs.

The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation proudly awards this scholarship to Ms. Jones, an outstanding Nurse Practitioner leader in service to her community.


Van Nguyen, RN, BS is completing her MSN and Family Nurse Practitioner at Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, California at the Sacramento campus. Ms. Nguyen volunteers at primary care clinics in the community which provide services to multicultural, underserved patients. She will also be volunteering with an NP who specializes in gastroenterology where she plans to complete a portion of her preceptor hours. After graduation as an FNP, Ms. Nguyen plans to continue her work with the underprivileged and underserved, with a special interest in the field of gastroenterology. She also hopes to develop patient education materials related to preventive health, with a focus on gastroenterology screening and prevention.

The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation wishes Ms. Nguyen much success with her career goals of truly making a difference in the health of her patients as she embraces the NP role.