"I chose an online DNP study program, as it was flexible with my nursing career...It is a flexible program that is run by great faculty that strive on the success of their students."
Bushra Salamah, a registered nurse at the Eskenazi Emergency Department in Indianapolis, said she is ready to take on a leadership role and help patients make informed medical decisions. A Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Arkansas should help her do just that.
“Earning my doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) creates opportunities for me to expand my contributions to society,” Salamah said. “I will provide a higher quality of personalized care to patients and become a reference of inspiration. I look forward to the day where I can utilize my education – and the experiences that are generated as a result – to become a leader and inspire those around me for generations to come.”
RNs help patients follow doctors’ orders, but nurses who earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice can participate more directly in their patients’ health care and assume leadership positions in health care organizations, Salamah said.
“DNPs have a stronger rapport with patients,” she said. “I chose an online DNP study program, as it was flexible with my nursing career. It allows me the opportunity to continue my passion of nursing while advancing my career. It is a flexible program that is run by great faculty that strive on the success of their students. As a graduate student, I feel very fortunate and continually blessed for the opportunity. I genuinely enjoy challenging myself academically to increase my knowledge base.”
Salamah is the first person in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree and is the sole financial provider for herself and her fiancé, who is a medical student. Salamah graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2016 and became a registered nurse immediately afterward.
Salamah was one of 23 people to receive the W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship for online U of A students for the 2020-2021 academic year. This is her second time to receive this award. Salamah plans to complete her DNP program within the upcoming academic year.
“I am very thankful and grateful to receive this scholarship,” Salamah said. “It allows me to focus on succeeding in my current role as a student in becoming the best Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and not to have to constantly worry about financial constraints that arise while pursing my education.”