EWU McNair Scholar Alumna Kianna Baker Accepted to Colombia School of Nursing

Congratulations to EWU McNair Scholar Alumna Kianna Baker! Kiana has been accepted to Columbia University's School of Nursing (MDE) with scholarships. One of Key's awards is the Pathways to Leadership & Advancement in Nursing (PLAN) program scholarship, featuring mentoring, study group sessions, and other financial, academic, emotional, and professional supports exclusive to PLAN recipients.

Columbia's MDE program:

[...] prepares students in the provision of evidence-based nursing care with an emphasis on care coordination and religio/cultural care to patients along the wellness/illness continuum and across all care settings. [...] The MDE program offers a unique six-week integration experience in which students work one-on-one with an RN in New York or participate in one of many global integration sites.

Kianna (Key) Baker will be finishing her Master of Public Health in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences  this spring, with a certificate in Child, Youth, and Family Health. Her long-term goals are to become a public school nurse and to help schools create and implement systems to identify students with undiagnosed mental health disorders and get students the services they need to thrive. Key graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2020 with a major in Science of Public Health and a minor in African Studies. She was selected as an EWU McNair Scholar in March of 2018 and completed her 2018-19 summer research A Study of Food Insecurity for Eastern Washington State Colleges with faculty mentors Dr. Okera Nsombi and Dr. Sarah Mount.