Seattle University Doctor Nursing Practice students Samira Adan, Jeremy Bang and Aleysha Tsegga, are among the first cohort of Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) Graduate Scholars. This scholarship supports Washington students pursuing advanced health care degrees to increase the number of providers in Washington’s medically underserved areas.
Graduate Scholars will complete clinical hours in a Washington state Medically Underserved Area (MUA), or Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) as designated by HRSA and commit to practice in an MUA or HPSA for at least 2 years after program completion. Learn more about the WSOS scholarship.
Samira Adan, DNP ’23, is a doctoral student in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. Adan said she was drawn to SU, because her “values align with SU’s commitment to preparing doctoral students to provide equitable care to vulnerable populations.”
As an WSOS Scholar Adan said, “I hope to bridge the language gap and be an asset to the WSOS team…I come from an immigrant family with limited English proficiency. I understand the challenges in navigating the health system…I look forward to learning from talented professionals already working in the field and working alongside my peers.”
After she graduates, Adan plans to pursue her career goal of becoming an FNP providing care for immigrant populations. She said, “I am passionate and dedicated to working with the immigrant populations that face difficulties accessing health care due to linguistic barriers and minimal health literacy.”
Jeremy Bang, DNP ’22, is a doctoral student in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program. He said he chose to pursue his DNP at SU, “because of its mission of educating the whole person and preparing leaders for a just and humane world. The holistic focus and nursing philosophy of care are what drew me to the PMHNP program itself.”
When asked what he looked forward to as a WSOS Scholar, Bang reflected on a clinical experience he had this past summer working with a psychiatric nurse in the King County Jail system and how it reaffirmed his commitment to work in underserved areas. He wrote:
“We went to two different facilities and saw a range of patients, some housed in general population and others in psychiatric housing. To call this patient population underserved is an understatement, and yet the jail/prison system is one of the largest providers of psychiatric care in the country. I am proud of the work my clinical preceptor does and my experience there has redoubled my commitment to working with individuals that have little access to needed psychiatric services. Throughout my clinical experiences in medically underserved areas, I hope to learn how best to use the limited resources available to community mental health providers and at the same time use my future position to advocate for the resources to provide the best, evidence-based care.”
Bang is currently embedded as a nurse in a permanent supportive housing environment that serves individuals who have a diagnosed mental health or substance use disorder and have been previously chronically unhoused. He said it is his goal to use his life experience to connect with and better understand future clients. He is particularly passionate about supporting men’s socio-emotional health.
Aleysha Tsegga, DNP ’23, is a doctoral student in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program. She said she chose to pursue her DNP at SU, because she “prioritizes helping the most vulnerable and underserved members of the community, this aligned strongly with my personal values.”
Tsegga is looking forward to the clinical experiences she will gain as part of the WSOS scholarship program. “As a WSOS Scholar,” she said, “I hope to learn how to be an impactful servant leader for my community while addressing the mental health needs of the vulnerable.”
After completing her DNP degree, Tsegga said she would like to focus her practice as a PMHNP “within the pediatric population where impoverished communities of color are struggling to find qualified mental health professionals. Using evidence-based practices alongside holistic treatment approaches, I aim to deconstruct the psychological impact of internalized racism within my community.”