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Hermes Silva

United States Air Force
M.S.N. Candidate, Class of 2023
School of Nursing

“It is rare to find a program as unique as this which invests greatly in military veterans so we may pursue our mission of earning graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University— one of the premier institutions of learning in the world.”

Tell us about your military service. What did you do? Where did you serve? What do you value the most about your military service?

I graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and I served in the United States Air Force for nine years. My Air Force Specialty Code was Space Operations. I served at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Patrick Air Force Base, and Al Udeid Air Base. In addition, I served as a Reserve Officer Training Corps cadre member at Detachment 805, Texas A&M University. I was blessed with the opportunity to learn and grow alongside my brothers and sisters in the United States Armed Forces including the cadets of Detachment 805; moreover, it is an honor to know I made a positive impact in some of their lives and in the lives of their families.

What are your thoughts on mentoring other students while at Vanderbilt? As a role model, what values do you want to share?

My mentorship goal is to promote a culture of “we, us, and our.” My hope is ideas are shared laterally, and healthy conversations ensue, so we maximize our opportunities to selflessly serve our patients and our Nashville community.

While at Vanderbilt, what will be the focus of your studies and how do you plan to use this knowledge in your future career?

I am completing a Master of Science in Nursing degree. I will serve as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner following graduation from the program. My goals are to improve the health of my patients, provide a better healthcare experience, and prescribe affordable therapeutics to the maximum extent possible by focusing on holistic, preventative, and interprofessional care.

What would you tell other veterans about the Bass Military Scholars Program?

The people who lead this program are incredibly supportive. The Bass Family, BG Brower, and Alba go out of their way to assist us. It is rare to find a program as unique as this which invests greatly in military veterans so we may pursue our mission of earning graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University— one of the premier institutions of learning in the world. I am humbled to join this family of veterans and leap into the nursing profession ready to serve our vibrant Nashville community and beyond.