Jonas V Nurse Leader Scholar

Mirsada Nurkanovic, RN

University of Vermont
DNP Student

My nursing experiences span over two decades and two continents. In the spring of 1993, I finished nursing school in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and I started working at the regional hospital. After the war in Bosnia ended I joined an American company that provided support to US Army during their Peace Keeping Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a nurse and interpreter. In 2002 I moved to Vermont and continued working in the healthcare industry in a wide variety of roles (phlebotomist, lab tech, and medical assistant) for the next 12 years in a couple of Vermont primary care clinics. Although it was a right place for me, I felt the drive to continue my studies in nursing. In 2014 I finished undergraduate studies (Professional Studies with the focus in Psychology) at Johnson State College and started Direct Entry Program in Nursing at University of Vermont. Today I am full-time Doctorate in Nursing Practice student at the University of Vermont and per diem registered nurse at Richmond Family Practice and Appletree Bay Primary Care. My current field of interest is wellness and disease prevention, especially in the area of diabetes and obesity. I plan to explore this topic in more detail during my doctoral project. Additionally, I am very interested in increasing awareness of intercultural issues in the health care industry and working with the growing and underserved immigrant and refugee population in Vermont.