Jonas IV Veterans Healthcare Scholar Alumni

Michelle Gilliland, RN

SUNY Buffalo

My nursing career began in 2008 at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, NY, were I started as a nurse's aide. I worked my way to LPN, to RN, and then to Bachelors prepared RN. I am currently pursing my ANP/DNP at the University at Buffalo (UB). My research focus will be on veteran and military family health with an emphasis on improving the outcomes of patients suffering from postconcussive symptoms after sustaining mild TBI during combat. Serving those who have served us and raising awareness for the underserved veteran population is my mission. I earned my LPN and RN degree at Trocaire College where I volunteered very often. I was the president of the LPN club and Student Association, a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the 2010 Commencement Student Speaker for the graduating class. I currently hold a professional membership with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACCN), active member and volunteer of the American Legion Auxiliary Association, and serve as the current Treasurer for the Graduate Nurses Organization at UB. For the past 3 years I have worked as a staff nurse in the ICU at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo caring for stroke and medical surgical patients. My nursing experience also includes hospice, home health care, and cardiac care. After graduation I plan to expand my abilities and community involvement to care for veteran patients suffering from neurological injuries by opening a neurological practice that focuses on the veteran and become a nursing professor.