Little Rock, AR
"I genuinely enjoy working and challenging myself academically to increase my knowledge base."
Bushra Salamah, a registered nurse working in the emergency department at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, is studying in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program so that she can become a more significant influence in patient care. The program is offered by the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas.
“I’ve been an ER nurse for about three years,” Salamah said. “ Within a year, I knew I wanted to go back to school to get a DNP. I want to be there more for my patients.”
Salamah said RNs help patients follow doctors’ orders, but nurses who earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice can participate in the care plan for patients and help patients make medical decisions.
“DNPs have a stronger rapport with patients,” she said.
Salamah, the first person in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree, was one of seven people to receive the W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship for online U of A students for the 2019-2020 academic year. She said she must balance work and study because she is the sole financial provider for herself and her fiancé, who is a medical student.
“(The scholarship) will help me so I do not have to work so much, so that I can focus more on my studies,” she said. “I genuinely enjoy working and challenging myself academically to increase my knowledge base.”