Meet Lisa Wilson

Nursing scholarship recipient Lisa Wilson

Lisa Wilson, a current student in the UNH Online Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, recently received an $8,000 nursing scholarship from the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education, which plays a central role in empowering nurse educators in America.

Lisa was one of only eight students in the United States chosen for this scholarship.

With a prior bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, Lisa applied to UNH’s direct entry master’s of nursing program (DEMN)  and “loved every minute of it.” In fact, Lisa was part of the inaugral class of the DEMN program. Fourteen years after graduating from the DEMN program, she went back to UNH in the doctorate of nursing practice program to fullfill her dream of getting her doctoral degree.

Her love of teaching came alive in Lisa’s clinical hours during her master's studies at UNH. She vividly recalls her professors encouraging their students to help each other learn nursing skills: “I let my classmate take my blood pressure 20 times in one day!”

“UNH changed my world.” Lisa emphasizes the incredible support from her UNH professors, who are committed to the success of their students. She points to this mentorship as the inspiration for her own teaching approach. 

Although she will complete the doctor of nursing program in December 2019, Lisa paints a happy picture of herself in UNH cap and gown at the graduation ceremony next May. “Believe in yourself and just do it!” advises Lisa. One day she hopes to become a dean at the university level. “Teaching is my heart and soul and what I live for every day.”

When asked why she chose to earn her D.N.P. online, Lisa replies that UNH Online programs have an established end date, which was an important milestone for her career plans. The university’s program quality has exceeded her expectations and the UNH Online distance learning model has served her busy lifestyle well.

Lisa first fell in love with New Hampshire during a skiiing vacation and never looked back as she conquered mountain after mountain. If you ever doubt your ability to succeed in achieving your dreams, have a chat with Lisa. She will inspire you to “just keep on climbing that mountain.”

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