After receiving a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Human Family Development from the University of Montana, I continued with my studies to complete a Master of Science in Health Promotion and graduated in 2002. I was introduced to the professional world of health care as a Certified Health Education Specialist, integrating care through the public health arena. I participated in several research studies, many of which were funded through grants from the Center for Disease Control, and often was involved in statistical analysis, report writing, and presentation of the final results. Having found that I often lacked clinical expertise in such collaborative projects, I then completed an accelerated nursing program at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and am currently a passionate participant in the Simmons College Graduate Nursing Program. I intend to expand my knowledge base from the fundamental foundation of the nursing practice to include an advanced skill set which will allow me to provide care as a nurse practitioner in the adult and women's health specialty, upon my upcoming graduation in May of 2007. I am currently a member of several nursing organizations: The American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. While attending to my studies and clinical placements full-time, I am also privileged to be a teaching assistant in the nursing program at Simmons College. In addition, I have worked as a registered nurse in trauma surgery for a major city-based hospital in Boston. However, at this time, I am happily employed at a family practice in a small community setting, near my home in Newburyport, Massachusetts. I am honored to receive recognition and support from the Nurses’ Educational Funds, Inc. through the Liesel Hiemenz Fund for the final academic year of my master’s degree in nursing.