Meet our graduates

Our nursing graduates actively contribute to the improvement of healthcare systems, nursing education, and the health of communities on a local, regional, and global level. They lead with innovation, compassion and data-driven decision-making, putting their graduate degree education to work for the community they serve.

Anna Callen and Jenna Mathies
(MN, Administrative Leadership)

Anna and Jenna (not shown) paired up with Washington State Nurses Association to decrease workplace violence by expanding and updating training modules responding to the legislative mandate to expand workplace violence training. Read more.

Brian Velasco
(MN, Administrative Leadership)

Brian shares how the program prepared him to take on the challenges and strains a pandemic causes while ensuring his team of nurses is equipped and trained to take care of patients in a time of crisis. Read more.

Tamara Uson
(MN, Administrative Leadership)

Now chief nursing executive with MultiCare Health System, Tamara advanced in her career after receiving the degree by applying the nurse leadership and business skills from the Leadership track curriculum she helped to launch! Read more.

Susan Collins
(MN, Administrative Leadership)

Now the HMC Magnet Coordinator, Susan moved into this leadership role using the skills and formal education of the degree. Learn how Susan has used the business, communication, project management, data analysis, and leadership skills gained from the program to give a “bigger voice” to nurses and prepare HMC for Magnet Status. Susan also earned her BSN in ’08 at UW Bothell. Read more.

Jennifer Collins
(MN, Administrative Leadership)

Jennifer shares how she has used her education from UW Bothell to make a bigger impact on patient care. Read more.

Arlyce Coumar
(MN, Population Health Focus)

Moved by the worldwide need for oncology nursing education, Arlyce chose the UW Bothell Master of Nursing degree for global impact. Read more.

Samantha Girard
(MN, Nurse Education Focus)

Learn how the attainment of the MN degree put Samantha in a position to have an impact on the profession. Read more.

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Master of Nursing Outstanding Scholar Recipients

Each year graduating students are nominated for their outstanding scholarship. Taken into consideration is the student’s academic work, scholarly inquiry, and practice in relation to the application of theory and evidence-based knowledge to practice resulting in the demonstrated potential to enhance the nursing profession, nursing education, the health of the public, and/or health care.

Nina 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 the 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 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 exemplifies 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 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
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 a 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.