Jonas V Veterans Healthcare Scholar

Vanessa Curlee, MSN, RN, FNP-C

Duke University
PhD Student

Vanessa Curlee just completed her first year in Duke University's School of Nursing PhD program. She received a BA in both History and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in 2007, she returned to school matriculating into Winston-Salem State University's (WSSU) Accelerated BSN Program. After completing her BSN, she entered the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer. During her time in the U.S. Nurse Corps, she gained clinical experience as a staff nurse on the Medical/Oncology and an ICU step down units. Her professional and personal experiences have fostered a deep commitment to serving disparate and underserved health populations. In 2013, Vanessa Curlee was chosen as a member of the first cohort of the WSSU-Duke University's Bridges to the Doctorate Scholar Program. In 2015, she graduated from WSSU's Master of Science Nursing program with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioners and a research intensive concentration. Her interest in doctoral study if firmly rooted in the belief that advanced research and scholarship will be the key to developing viable solutions to the ever evolving challenges in healthcare. Her research interests focuses on continued research on improving methods in identifying and treating mental illness among both US minorities and geographical and underserved populations.