Yoonjae Lee, DNP, FNP-BC
Yoonjae Lee is a first-year PhD student who aspires to advance nursing science in pain management. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and BSN degree from Ewha Womans University in South Korea. She has over 9 years of direct clinical experience in rehabilitation medicine where she observed the importance of optimal postsurgical pain control and its impact on prolonged opioid use and health outcomes. Inspired by her clinical experience, she decided to improve pain management practice with a focus on preventing opioid addiction. She furthered her knowledge in pain research through her DNP scholarly project that focused on enhancing pain self-efficacy in patients discharged with opioids after surgery. In the midst of the U.S. opioid epidemic, she strongly believes that nurses, as the largest group of healthcare professionals, should stand at the forefront of mitigating the opioid crisis. Thus, throughout her PhD training at Penn Nursing, she will continue to build her research to improve perioperative pain management while reducing the risks of opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, doing yoga, and traveling.