Congratulations to Jeremy Bang and Iman Yunis on receiving the Lois Price Spratlen Foundation Scholarships. This scholarship program supports graduate students pursuing a career in advanced practice psychiatric nursing.
Jeremy Bang, DNP-PMHNP ‘22
Jeremy Bang is a third-year doctoral student at Seattle U in the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program. He said he chose to pursue his DNP at Seattle U, “because of its mission of educating the whole person and preparing leaders for a just and humane world. The holistic focus and nursing philosophy of care are what drew me to the PMHNP program itself.”
Today, he is a nurse on a coronavirus assessment team focused on testing people in homeless shelters and encampments. He is providing direct patient care, education about SARS-CoV-2, precepting undergraduate nursing students, and working with his supervisors to ensure the safety and sustainability of his team and their work.
It is his goal to use his life experience to connect with and better understand future clients. He wants to work with people experiencing homelessness, depression, and substance use disorders. He is particularly passionate about working with men to broaden their emotional vocabulary, normalize sensitivity and nurturing behaviors, and encourage healthy and safe relationships.
Iman Yunis, DNP-PMHNP ‘22
Iman Yunis is in her second year of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Seattle U studying to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her passion for advanced psychiatric nursing was sparked after leading a community-based participatory research study investigating the perceptions of mental health and barriers to accessing mental health services among the Somali community in King County, WA. Her study uncovered that there is a widespread negative perception of mental illness that has created a stigma around receiving mental health care.
As an advanced psychiatric nursing leader, she hopes to break the barriers of social stigma, limited mental health awareness, and accessibility so that underserved populations can access and receive equitable mental health care. She believes that the best way to advance the goals and growth of the communities she works with must be done through fostering collaboration, providing support, and empowerment.
Visit us online to learn more about becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Seattle U.