Student Spotlight July 2021

    Courtney Albers

     

     

     

    Courtney Albers graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Psychology from the University of Louisville in 2018. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she had the opportunity to serve as a nurse extern at a local Louisville hospital where she was later offered a full-time registered nurse (RN) position and served as charge nurse. Courtney worked with children and adolescents with depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional behavior, bipolar disorder, unresolved grief and trauma, and substance use disorders, as well as other psychiatric and dual diagnosis disorders. Courtney returned to the University of Louisville School of Nursing to obtain her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree which will prepare her to serve as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner..

     

     

     

    Interview:

    1. What brought you to the University of Louisville?

    I came to the University of Louisville in Fall 2013 to become a part of the School of Nursing’s excellent local, national, and global reputation. The UofL School of Nursing has a tradition of preparing Cardinal nurses who are distinctive in practice, research and scholarship, innovation, and leadership. It was an easy choice to return to the University of Louisville for my DNP degree due to the program’s academic rigor, opportunities for professional development and financial assistance opportunities.

    2. Specific areas of research (how you chose this research, why it interested you):

    I am interested in research that focuses on health and education. As a DNP student, I am interested translating evidence-based knowledge into practice to improve health care outcomes. I am currently working with a local non-profit organization to implement a new trauma-informed parenting training for current and incoming foster and adoptive caregivers.

    3. What made you go into this field of study?

    I wanted to earn my DNP degree to broaden my impact in practice, policy, and leadership. My work as a RN allowed me to understand gaps in healthcare that needed to be addressed specifically for children and adolescents receiving psychiatric mental health care.

    4. Awards and Publications:

    Health Sciences Center Health and Social Justice Scholar Fellowship

    University of Louisville School of Nursing Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Roundtable Discussion for DNP program Accreditation

    Kentucky Association of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives Scholarship

    United States of America President’s Volunteer Service Award

    Graduate Student Regional Research Conference Poster Presentation, “Improving Trauma-Informed Parenting for Resource Parents”

    Kentucky Association of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives 33rd Annual Coalition Conference Poster Presentation, “Improving Trauma-Informed Parenting for Resource Parents”

    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Nurse

    University of Louisville School of Nursing Award for Outstanding Service

    Kentucky One Health Nurse Externship Program Keynote Speaker

    Louisville’s 40 under 40 Nominee

    5. Long term goals/ aspirations:

    In August 2022, I will graduate with my DNP degree with a specialty in psychiatric mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is my hope to provide evidence-based, relationship-based, comprehensive and necessary services to promote prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders. As a DNP-prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I will synthesize and apply knowledge to improve population outcomes, collaborate with other disciplines to improve the delivery of health care and affect health policy though the application of knowledge. It is also my goal to serve as an educator within higher education. 

    6. Family life:

    My family is very important to me. My mom and dad have played a significant role in my success – they’ve shown me an abundance of love and support while being my #1 cheerleaders. My best friends are my mom, dad and our two dogs, Peyton (bichon frise) and Lucy (petite goldendoodle)! 


    Fun Facts
    A talent you have always wanted:  To speak a second language
    Favorite book:
     The Bible
    Favorite quote: "Have Courage and Be Kind"
    Role Model:  My Parents
    Favorite Vacation Destination: Anywhere and Everywhere
    If you weren’t in Graduate School, what would you be doing now?: Travel Nursing

    Courtney Albers

     

     

     

    Courtney Albers graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Psychology from the University of Louisville in 2018. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she had the opportunity to serve as a nurse extern at a local Louisville hospital where she was later offered a full-time registered nurse (RN) position and served as charge nurse. Courtney worked with children and adolescents with depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional behavior, bipolar disorder, unresolved grief and trauma, and substance use disorders, as well as other psychiatric and dual diagnosis disorders. Courtney returned to the University of Louisville School of Nursing to obtain her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree which will prepare her to serve as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner..

     

     

     

    Interview:

    1. What brought you to the University of Louisville?

    I came to the University of Louisville in Fall 2013 to become a part of the School of Nursing’s excellent local, national, and global reputation. The UofL School of Nursing has a tradition of preparing Cardinal nurses who are distinctive in practice, research and scholarship, innovation, and leadership. It was an easy choice to return to the University of Louisville for my DNP degree due to the program’s academic rigor, opportunities for professional development and financial assistance opportunities.

    2. Specific areas of research (how you chose this research, why it interested you):

    I am interested in research that focuses on health and education. As a DNP student, I am interested translating evidence-based knowledge into practice to improve health care outcomes. I am currently working with a local non-profit organization to implement a new trauma-informed parenting training for current and incoming foster and adoptive caregivers.

    3. What made you go into this field of study?

    I wanted to earn my DNP degree to broaden my impact in practice, policy, and leadership. My work as a RN allowed me to understand gaps in healthcare that needed to be addressed specifically for children and adolescents receiving psychiatric mental health care.

    4. Awards and Publications:

    Health Sciences Center Health and Social Justice Scholar Fellowship

    University of Louisville School of Nursing Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Roundtable Discussion for DNP program Accreditation

    Kentucky Association of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives Scholarship

    United States of America President’s Volunteer Service Award

    Graduate Student Regional Research Conference Poster Presentation, “Improving Trauma-Informed Parenting for Resource Parents”

    Kentucky Association of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives 33rd Annual Coalition Conference Poster Presentation, “Improving Trauma-Informed Parenting for Resource Parents”

    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Nurse

    University of Louisville School of Nursing Award for Outstanding Service

    Kentucky One Health Nurse Externship Program Keynote Speaker

    Louisville’s 40 under 40 Nominee

    5. Long term goals/ aspirations:

    In August 2022, I will graduate with my DNP degree with a specialty in psychiatric mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is my hope to provide evidence-based, relationship-based, comprehensive and necessary services to promote prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders. As a DNP-prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I will synthesize and apply knowledge to improve population outcomes, collaborate with other disciplines to improve the delivery of health care and affect health policy though the application of knowledge. It is also my goal to serve as an educator within higher education. 

    6. Family life:

    My family is very important to me. My mom and dad have played a significant role in my success – they’ve shown me an abundance of love and support while being my #1 cheerleaders. My best friends are my mom, dad and our two dogs, Peyton (bichon frise) and Lucy (petite goldendoodle)! 


    Fun Facts
    A talent you have always wanted:  To speak a second language
    Favorite book:
     The Bible
    Favorite quote: "Have Courage and Be Kind"
    Role Model:  My Parents
    Favorite Vacation Destination: Anywhere and Everywhere
    If you weren’t in Graduate School, what would you be doing now?: Travel Nursing