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Congratulations to the 2017 ALPS Recipients!
Meaghan E. Locke
Meaghan Locke is a SRNA currently enrolled at Wake Forest University, School of Medicine Nurse Anesthesia Program. She expects to complete her program in August 2019.
She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Delaware in 2008.
Meaghan was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. She graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate, an honor granted to the top 10% of Cadets in the United States.
Throughout her career in the U.S. Army, she was first assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center as a staff Registered Nurse, followed by a tour with the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). She was forward deployed to Afghanistan in 2013, an opportunity which first exposed her to anesthesia as a Brigade Nurse. She received the title of Honor Graduate for her performance during the Critical Care Nursing course at San Antonio Military Medical Center. Meaghan achieved the rank of Captain and ended her active duty time in the U.S. Army as a staff nurse in the ICU at Madigan Army Medical Center. While working at Madigan, Meaghan was published in the American Association of Critical Nurses (AACN) Advanced Critical Care Journal for her work on Developing a Diary Program to Minimize Patient and Family Post Intensive Care Syndrome.
After transitioning from Active Duty into the US Army Reserves, Meaghan continued her government service and worked in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Boston.
Her significant awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.
Meaghan looks forward to continuing her career as a CRNA in the Army Reserves.
She currently lives in Winston Salem, NC along with her devoted canine battle buddy, Casey.
Alexa J. Schimmel
Alexa Schimmel grew up on the Seacoast of New Hampshire, in the small-town of Exeter. After high school, she joined the New Hampshire Air National Guard at the age of seventeen. She worked as a Search and Extraction medic for a critical care element while attending nursing school at the University of New Hampshire. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2014, Alexa commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. She held her first nursing job at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in their Level I Trauma Intensive Care Unit. She continued her career at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where she became an Open-Heart Critical Care Nurse and obtained her Critical Care Registered Nurse certification. Alexa continued her education becoming a Trauma Nurse Corps Course Instructor; she teaches both military and civilian trauma nurses. Alexa became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist student in May 2017 at the University of New England; she will graduate in August of 2019. Alexa is currently in her clinical rotation at Exeter Hospital and continues to serve in the New Hampshire Air National Guard as a critical care nurse. After graduating with her degree, Alexa intends to become a Critical Care Air Transport CRNA, transporting patients from deployed locations to hospitals in Europe and stateside. Alexa will also pursue a civilian career as a CRNA at a hospital on the Seacoast of New Hampshire.