Sheila Burns, who is originally from Linlithgow near Edinburgh, has been appointed as the new director of nursing at Guilford County Jails in North Carolina.
Ms Burns graduated from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, last year with an MSc in Global Health Systems.
Previously, she gained a nursing degree from the University of Glasgow in 1993 and had over five years’ experience working in nursing for the prison system in Scotland.
Her new role will see her help over 1,350 inmates, including those in a juvenile detention centre.
She said: “My dream of living and working in the USA and improving my employability in the prisoner health sector has finally become a reality.”
In the future, she said she wanted to continue advocating for best practice in care for prisoners in the US.
She has also begun to make connections with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University to encourage further prisoner health research.