Jonas V Veterans Healthcare Scholar

Risa Peets, MSN, RN

University of North Carolina-Greensboro
PhD Student

Risa Peets is a PhD student in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Risa has over 10 years of clinical experience working in a variety of settings including, intermediate care units, and academia, as an adjunct professor in a school of nursing. She received her masters of nursing from Winston Salem State University, after completing her undergraduate degree in nursing at North Carolina Agricultural & State University. Her decision to pursue a PhD in nursing comes not only from her own interest in nursing science, but also from a desire to promote translating research into nursing practice, and fostering changes to improve health services for women veterans.


Risa currently works at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina as a nurse educator in the ambulatory care clinic. Her work at the VA is what kindled her passion for women’s health in the veteran population. Her developing research focus is on chronic back pain in women veterans who served in the OEF/OIF missions, and this pain’s impact on their interpersonal relationships.


Risa is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, and the VA’s chronic pain committee.