Jonas V Veterans Healthcare Scholar

Dakar Howell, BSN, RN, ANCC

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
DNP Student

Dakar Howell RN, BSN completed a Bachelors of Arts in Exercise in 2004 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She obtained a Diploma in Nursing from Watts School of Nursing and an Associates in Science from Mount Olive College in 2010. In 2012, she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Winston Salem State University. Mrs. Howell entered The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School f Nursing BSN to DNP program with a concentration in Adult Geriatrics in 2015. As a nursing student, Mrs. Howell completed clinical rotations at the Durham VA Hospital and is currently employed there on a cardiac surgery/telemetry unit. Mrs. Howell serves as a Women's Health Liaison and on several hospital wide committees. She envisions an expanding and essential role for nursing, and specifically advanced practice nursing, in the VA system. She sees DNP-prepared nurses not only as an integral part of this change, but indeed, as the pioneers who set the standards and chart the course for care of this unique population. There are boundless opportunities for a positive impact on the wellness of this population that is applicable to larger populations of veterans in our country and in our world. She plans to integrate evidence-based research into practice to impact outcomes for female veterans in the primary care setting. It is her aim to create a clinical practice process that will assess and provide resources for women who have experienced interpersonal violence or military sexual trauma.