The 2017 College of Nursing Outstanding Young Alumna Award was presented to Emily Bell (BSN 2005) at a celebratory luncheon hosted by the UF Alumni Association. Each year, the UFAA honors young alumni who are doing outstanding work in their lives and careers. Emily graduated summa cum laude [LOUD-EH) from UF in 2005 with Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She received her Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing in 2008 from Yale University. She is currently a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at the C.W. Bill Young Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Bay Pines. As the President of the Florida Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association, Emily was instrumental in advocating and educating for last year’s new law that extends prescribing privileges for controlled substances to advanced registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants in Florida. She was also responsible for the growth and restructure of the Florida Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association. Emily has received recognition for diligence and dedication to nursing and healthcare legislation from the Florida Nurses Association, recognition for outstanding service of legislative programs from the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network, and recognition for excellence in service from the DeWitt Army Community Hospital Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Services.