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Jasmine Perkins

Jasmine Perkins, MSN, RN, CMSRN, is the honored recipient of the Cynthia Davis Sculco Scholarship. Growing up Jasmine always knew she wanted to work in the medical field. In high school, she took classes at the Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning to become a certified nurse assistant and obtained a phlebotomy certificate. She did not know that she would ultimately have to use the training from her high school courses on a family member who experienced a hypoglycemia episode. It was on this day that she knew that nursing was her calling.

In 2016 she obtained an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing from Lonestar College Tomball. Her nursing career began at an acute care community hospital in Houston, Texas. She applied her knowledge and clinical expertise to support patients from marginalized communities, many experienced readmissions due to a lack of access to health care, community resources, and social barriers. While working, Jasmine continued her education, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Sam Houston State University, The Woodlands, in 2017. Jasmine has served on the shared governance and systems informatics committee, as she sought to improve patient health outcomes and working conditions within the cardiac telemetry unit. She attended local and regional conferences and was charged with sharing evidence-based practices with nursing professionals and colleagues. In addition, she became a nurse preceptor to support new graduate nurses and nursing students' transition to practice.

In 2018, Jasmine obtained a Health Informatics certificate from Texas Woman's University specializing in clinical applications, which helped her learn how to support user experiences through clinical workflows to optimize nursing charting systems. Jasmine also enrolled in the Apps Without Code Program, where she learned how to build mobile applications. A few months later, Jasmine was accepted into Texas Woman's University Nursing Education program which she completed in May 2020.

Today, Jasmine is a Nurse Educator and Remote Patient Monitoring Nurse. As she continues her trajectory in the Ph.D. program at Texas Woman's University, Jasmine's research focuses on preparing prelicensure students for practice, highlighting the nurse's role in addressing social determinants of health. She plans to use simulation and other technical modalities to develop confidence and competence in undergraduate nursing students. Jasmine envisions expanded roles for nursing students in the social determinants clinic managed by nursing students under the supervision of nursing faculty. In the clinic, students will be responsible for conducting and reviewing social determinant screenings. In addition, patients will be connected with community resources that address their concerns. This approach gives students autonomy and allows them to apply their nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Nursing students are an underutilized health workforce that can help patients thrive in their communities.

Innovative strategies and a holistic viewpoint are what make nurses pivotal. Jasmine is also interested in drone technology and its ability to support positive community health outcomes. As a future doctoral-prepared nurse scientist, she is dedicated to supporting and advancing the profession of nursing through inquiry and discovery.

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