Beret Ravenscroft is an RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative Fellow. Beret is a transplant to beautiful New Mexico, and has previously lived on the East and West Coasts of the United States. She brings an educational background in illustration, engineering, and law into her career in nursing. She worked at an emergency shelter for teenagers, a middle school at a psychiatric hospital, and foreclosure and bankruptcy law firms before becoming a registered nurse. As an RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Fellow, she is now pursuing a PhD through the BSN–PhD in Nursing program, with a concentration in Health Policy, at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing.
Beret serves as Vice President of the Graduate Student Nurses Association and is a member of the Health Sciences Student Council and Graduate and Curriculum Committee at the College of Nursing. She was a trainee in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program in the 2013–2014 cohort. Beret benefits from the mentorship of Ruth McCorkle, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the Yale School of Nursing in refining her interests in law, ethics, equity, and health policy into research involving prison policies and practices, and strategies for pursuing her research career.