Congratulations Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduates Class of 2022!

Today, our class of ’22 Doctor of Nursing Practice students presented their final projects. Congratulations to the DNP Class of 2022! Meet a few of the graduating class and learn about their projects here. School leadership and DNP track leads shared a few words for the graduating students:

Executive Dean, Azita Emami:

I extend my congratulations to this remarkable DNP cohort. You have successfully attained nursing’s highest degree—but you are not done with your education. You will now be learning from your patients and peers, rather than your professors. Remain open to new ideas, new perspectives, new information, and new ways of using your knowledge and skills. 

You are an important part of America’s most respected profession. You have the opportunity to offer compassionate, capable care and to promote wellness as well as treat illness. Make the best possible use of that opportunity.

You have proved yourselves resilient, capable, and committed to providing healthcare that is going to make an important difference for the patients and communities you serve. 

I thank you all for having allowed us to be your teachers, mentors, and role models. On behalf of the entire faculty, I wish you every success in your career.”

Anne Hirsch, Associate Professor and Former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

“Congratulations! Congratulations on your hard work, your knowledge and skill acquisition, your resilience and your professionalism! You have been such good sports during these crazy times in health care. I appreciate your flexibility and willingness to do what needs to be done. Thank you! I wish you the very best in your new careers. Go out and rock the health care world!!”

Butch de Castro, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

“We are thrilled and proud to see how your DNP education and training has culminated in your final projects.  What you each produced demonstrates the high degree of competence achieved and reflects your ability to make meaningful contributions to improve professional and clinical practice.  You represent the best that our school and university has to offer.  We look forward to hearing about all the great things you will accomplish in your careers as Husky Nurses!”

Jessie Marks, Track Lead, Pediatric DNP Tracks

“Graduate school challenges and refines advanced learners in a multitude of ways. But graduate school during a global pandemic has tested the resolve and strength of students at a different level to which our Pediatric NP students have shown brightly in their perseverance, and clinical and academic success. This journey has not been easy and all of them will be outstanding advanced practice professionals because of it.”

Joelle Fathi, Track Lead, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner DNP Track

“Congratulations to this fantastic cohort who have endured the pandemic, placed their own needs aside to respond to others’ needs, and soared to great heights despite adversity.”

Molly Altman, Track Lead, Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Clinical Nurse Specialist DNP Tracks

“I’m so proud of what our students have accomplished, and have no doubt they will be the change agents needed to assure birthing families get the care they deserve. Congratulations, UW nurse-midwifery cohort of 2022!”

Jean Tang, Track Lead, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP Track

It takes tremendous courage and tenacity to pursue a doctoral degree in addition to your many roles in life during the pandemic, and you did it! I am so proud of you! Husky PMHNPs! 

Betty Bekemeier, Track Lead, Population Health & Systems Leadership DNP Track

“I can’t be more eager to have you amazing population health nursing leaders fully apply your gifts and passions into making the system changes that I know you want to address and to promote health inequity wherever you choose to be. Thanks for taking on the big issues and being such role models for what nurses can do!  The world clearly needs you!”

Kristine Takamiya, Track Lead, Family Nurse Practitioner DNP Track

“Congratulations to a resilient cohort who successfully completed their doctoral program during the pandemic with flexibility and grace. You are smart, compassionate, and respectful clinicians, change agents, and leaders! We cannot wait to see the impact you will have on your patients, your communities, and the nursing profession! “