Hearst-Jonas Scholar III Alumni

Carly Eklund

University of South Carolina

Carly Eklund Hearst-Jonas II Scholar (2012-2014)Having first earned a bachelor degree in business, Carly Eklund is currently enrolled in one of the country’s first second-degree DNP programs at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. She is completing the last year of the BSN requirements and will immediately articulate into graduate courses toward the DNP next summer. Becoming a successful leader in health and health care has long been a goal for Ms. Eklund, although the route through nursing was not in her initial plans. It was during her internship as a business student that she was assigned to a Chief Nursing Officer preceptor – and during that experience Ms. Eklund was afforded time with nurse leaders who inspired her return to college to pursue the DNP. She has spent the last two years as a graduate assistant with the SC Center for Nursing Leadership, where she is integral to the state’s RWJF/AARP Action Coalition and will be closely involved with nurse leaders committed to implementing the IOM Future of Nursing Report recommendations.