Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation Scholarship Winners 2011-2012

Astellas Heart Health Across the Age Span


Carolyn Montoya, RN, MSN, CPNP, PhD(c) – Pediatric Award

Carolyn Montoya, RN, MSN, CPNP, PhD(c) – Pediatric Award

Ms. Montoya is pursuing her PhD at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the Academic Program Director for the Advanced Practice Concentrations and Coordinator of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Concentration at that institution. Ms. Montoya is a nationally certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who maintains a clinical practice at Pediatric Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Health Policy Fellow in the RWJ Foundation and Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico. The NPHF/Astellas “Heart Health Across the Age Span” award will help fund Ms. Montoya’s research in determining if children ages 8-11 have an accurate perception of their weight and if there are differences between Caucasian and Hispanic children’s perceptions.


Beth Whittaker, FNP, DNP-c – Adult Award

Beth Whittaker, FNP, DNP-c – Adult Award

Ms. Whittaker is pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. She has worked as a Registered Nurse on the Medical-Surgical/Transplant Intensive Care Unit at the University of Washington Medical Center. Ms. Whittaker is currently a member of the Heart Failure Committee at the University of Washington Medical Center. This award will fund her study identifying factors associated with 30-day heart failure readmission at the University of Washington Medical Center. The goal of the study is to develop recommendations for care to reduce readmissions.


Lufei Young, PhD, APRN – Geriatric Award

Lufei Young, PhD, APRN – Geriatric Award

Dr. Young is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and an assistant professor at the College of Nursing – Lincoln Division at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. She practiced as a primary care physician in the People’s Republic of China before coming to the United States in 2000. The NPHF/Astellas “Heart Health Across the Age Span” award will help fund Dr. Young’s research to develop strategies to improve medication safety and quality of care during care transition in rural communities through an ANP-managed medication reconciliation program. This research will evaluate the impact and feasibility of the program on medication discrepancies and use in elderly patients with heart disease discharged from a rural critical access hospital.