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Morgan Klokow

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

“As a Bass Military Scholar I look forward to developing a relationship with local veteran focused organizations and representing the Vanderbilt School of Nursing and the Bass Military Scholar program in a positive way.”

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 was an active duty Army nurse stationed at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. I worked with active duty, veterans, dependents, and their families while working inpatient on both adult and pediatric units. Additionally, I assisted in mass vaccination efforts due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Chicago, IL. The people I have met along the way in my military career are what I value most about my time in service. The connections and friendships you form along the way have a long-lasting impact on your life.

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

Everyone needs to have a mentor to grow, achieve goals, and accountability. I am not far removed from my undergraduate years and remember feeling overwhelmed with dramatic life changes after graduation. I would be honored to help other Vanderbilt students while they are in school and after graduation.

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 currently enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Vanderbilt, and I plan to work as a Nurse Practitioner within the Veteran Affairs system or military treatment facilities to continue to serve our active duty, veterans, and their families.

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

The Bass Military Scholars Program is what sets Vanderbilt University apart from other graduate programs, in my opinion. The fact that there is a group of individuals in similar situations brings me great comfort as I transition from active duty to civilian life. Additionally, it allows us to continue to serve a purpose greater than ourselves by giving back to the Vanderbilt community.