Jonas III Veterans Healthcare Scholar Alumni

Karla Houskeeper

University of Utah

onas Veterans Healthcare Scholar - Karla TrimmerKarla Houskeeper is currently a doctoral (DNP) student at the University of Utah enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program with a specialty focus as a family nurse practitioner. She previously attended Salt Lake Community College and then the University of Utah, where she received her Bachelors of Nursing Science degree. Ms. Houskeeper has worked at the Salt Lake City Department of Veteran’s Affairs since 2008 as a staff nurse in the emergency department, helping veterans with a diverse range of medical and mental health issues. She is also working as a graduate assistant for the University of Utah as she obtains her doctorate degree. Ms. Houskeeper has engaged in quality improvement projects while working at the Veteran’s Administration, including developing a computer template and program to reach veterans post-discharge from the emergency room, in order to address any further medical needs, questions, or customer service issues they may have. Her DNP research area of interest focuses on how to better serve our female veterans as they come home and face unique medical and mental health issues related to their service in the military.