Student Speaker: Katherine Buaron, MSN, Rush University College of Nursing ’20

Katherine Buaron

Katherine Buaron, MSN, RN, is a member of the Rush University College of Nursing Graduating Class of 2019 and currently works as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional at The Chicago Lighthouse School.

In the 1980s Buaron’s parents emigrated from the Philippines to settle in California, where she was born and raised. Buaron, a first-generation college graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from San Jose State University, identifies as Filipino-American and is fluent in both Tagalog and English.

In her third year of undergraduate education, Buaron received care from a nurse practitioner for the first time. Inspired by the knowledge, thoughtfulness and care she received, Buaron decided to attend graduate school to earn a master of science in nursing.

While pursuing her degree at Rush University, Buaron worked as a graduate research assistant with Susie Breitenstein, PhD, RN, of the Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health Nursing. Buaron assisted Dr. Breitenstein with the ezPARENT program, a mobile health parent-training program promoting child well-being.

Buaron also served as a chair member of the Student Psychiatric Association under the guidance of Dr. Alice Geis, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, assistant professor, Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing. Additionally, Buaron worked at Trilogy Behavioral Health under Dr. Geis, who serves as the Director of Integrated Health.

Continuing her interest in aiding the well-being of children and their families, Buaron completed her capstone project at The Beacon in Rogers Park, Chicago, a peer-led community center for Trilogy clients undergoing recovery.

Buaron passed her board licensing exam in January 2020 and hopes to gain experience working as a bedside pediatric nurse before pursuing a doctor of nursing practice degree in the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Rush University. Buaron’s vision is providing psychiatric and mental health care to children and adolescents and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health in underprivileged and underserved communities.