CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va -- The Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (VCNP) awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Harrisonburg neighbor Emily K. Akerson, on Sept. 29 during the Virginia Nurses Foundation Gala at The Jefferson Hotel.
Akerson is associate director of the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at James Madison University and director of The Health Place, a rural health outreach of the IIHHS in Stanley, Va. She also serves as director of Healthy Families Page County and Healthy Families Shenandoah County and is an adjunct assistant professor at JMU.
A family nurse practitioner and doctoral student in the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia, Akerson’s professional interests focus on accessible service delivery models in prevention, early intervention and chronic care with children, families and aging populations.
She has worked for the Indian Health Service providing primary care to persons living on Oregon’s Warm Springs Indian Reservation, in corrections health providing care for incarcerated men, women and children in Portland, Oregon, and with a maternal and child health clinic in Liberia, West Africa.
“Emily’s work in providing health care to individuals in rural and medically underserved areas of the Commonwealth demonstrates her commitment to helping all Virginians become healthier and stronger,” said Phyllis C. Everett, MSN, RN, AOCN, NP-C, President, VCNP. “The collaboration that Emily has developed between students, health care providers, faculty and community members has encouraged each group to work together to provide the best care for patients.”
Akerson received her masters degree in nursing from the University of Washington, Seattle, her bachelors of science degree in nursing from Cornell University and her bachelors of arts degree in humanities from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A member of the charter group of VCNP’s Shenandoah Region, she served as the Region’s treasurer from 1998-2001. She expects to earn her DNP in August 2013 from the University of Virginia.
VCNP’s scholarship, which was awarded for the first time in 2010, honors nurse practitioners and their passion for quality health care. The scholarship is funded through donations from VCNP members and provided in part by the Virginia Nurses Foundation. Scholarship applicants must be members of VCNP who are enrolled in a doctoral program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Applicants also must have completed 50 percent of the required hours of graduate study and exhibit academic excellence and a commitment to advanced practice nursing with strong clinical and leadership abilities.