Please join us in congratulating Sarah Bernhards, DNP ‘23, Tayler Hentges, DNP ’23, and Gabe Wortman, DNP ’24 on receiving National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarships. Recipients of the NHSC scholarship commit to providing primary care health services to designated communities in need after graduation.
Sarah Bernhards, DNP-FNP ‘23
Sarah Bernhards is in her second year of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and plans to pursue a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is interested in both women’s and adolescent health and hopes to practice at a school-based health center, which is where she got her start in health care.
“I chose to pursue my DNP at Seattle U, because of its focus on social justice as a central tenet of nursing. I appreciate the program's focus on understanding our health care systems and policies, how they have shaped and created health disparities, and the need to change them in order to improve the health of our community.”
Tayler Hentges, DNP-FNP ‘23
Tayler Hentges is in his second year of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program studying to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. He said he was drawn to Seattle U’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, “because of the unique entry to nursing through the Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion (APNI) program, as well as the College of Nursing’s focus on serving those who are underserved.”
After graduation, he said he plans “to stay in the Seattle area, and my dream would be to create a queer health center that provides care to members of the LGBTQ community, in order to create a welcoming and safe environment for patients, and provide education to other health care providers on how to best care for members of this community.”
Gabe Wortman, DNP-FNP ‘24
Gabe Wortman is in his first year of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. After graduation, his goal is to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a rural location where he can use his conversational Spanish skills. He said he plans to “treat and counsel individuals and families about illness and its prevention, as well as focus on health promotion, maintenance, and management. By caring for individual patients, I look forward to serving the overall well-being of the greater community.”
He said Seattle U’s DNP program “appealed to me because it provides the education, experience, and perspective required to become a competent, effective nurse in an ever-evolving health care system. More than that, however, is the school’s devotion to social justice and commitment to the underserved. I have devoted most of my career in service to marginalized groups in a variety of settings. In most of these arenas, social determinants of health, barriers to accessing care, and lack of health literacy hinder pursuit of independence and security, even if other social programs were present. We can do better. And we must.”