Spring 2021 Newsletter

Shaina Ann Tupas Santonil Receives Loretta Ford Centennial Scholarship

Headshot of Shaina Ann Santonil outdoors with a brick wall behind her

Loretta C. Ford, EdD, RN, PNP, NP-C, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, is a renowned nursing leader who, along with Dr. Henry Silver, founded the first NP program in the United States. The Loretta Ford Centennial Scholarship is a one-time scholarship established by the AANP to honor Dr. Ford’s 100th birthday. Learn more about this scholarship. 

Shaina Ann Tupas Santonil, BSN, RN, DNP ‘23, is a doctoral student in the Family Nurse Practitioner track at Seattle University. She is among the five awardees selected to receive the Loretta Ford Centennial Scholarship from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Santonil is originally from Tacoma, WA, but said she also spent part of her childhood living abroad in several countries while her father was in the military. When not working or in school, she enjoys being outdoors with her family, traveling, playing Animal Crossing, and reading an enticing book when she has time.

Santonil is currently employed by St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, where she said, she works “on a cardiac telemetry unit with a wonderful team, adapting to the pandemic and working with patients who have COVID-19.”

When asked what drew her to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Seattle U, Santonil said:

“Seattle U’s nursing program is rooted in Jesuit education, one that invests in passionate nursing professionals by promoting life-long learning and academic curiosity. The city location, campus and especially the nursing faculty at my interview drew me in. I started my program in the middle of the pandemic and my professors have filled this last year with gratifying learning experiences. They are always attentive to everyone’s learning and needs.”

Of her immediate plans, and career goals after she completes the DNP program, she said:

“I’m looking forward to the rest of my program’s coursework and clinicals continually unlocking passions of mine, as my vision of immediate plans after graduation continue to develop. I strive to increase health access for vulnerable communities and empowering them with health knowledge, and thus have an interest in working for a community health clinic in the Pacific Northwest. I’m also committed to developing my health network and relationships with stakeholders to understand, implement and serve communities with care that is equitable and holistic.”