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DNP student and alumna wins scholarship for research on promoting heart health

For Immediate Release
Date: January 31, 2012
Contact: Ashley Wiggin, Communications and Marketing Officer, 206-221-2456,

Beth Whittaker, Family Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice (FNP-DNP) student, received a $4000 Astella Health scholarship award from the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation to support her DNP capstone research.  The purpose of the project is to explore the patient and process factors associated with 30-day heart failure readmission at UWMC and develop recommendations for the care of patients with heart failure in order to reduce readmissions.

One of three recipients nationwide, Whittaker is currently a 3rd year FNP-DNP student, set to graduate this June from the School of Nursing. The awards are given to practicing nurse practitioners and graduate nurse practitioner students whose service, research, or educational projects were related to promoting heart health. The Astella award is given for promoting health across the age span. Whitaker received her BSN from the UW School of Nursing in 2006, followed by her MN in 2011. She hopes to work in the field of cardiology as a nurse practitioner after she graduates in June.

The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation also awarded another DNP student a scholarship for pain research earlier this year. Read more here.


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