As a registered nurse, I cared for patients with multiple comorbidities causing strokes that ultimately to a decline in their quality of life. It was devastating for me to witness patients suffer due to health disparities. This experience is what inspired me to pursue an advanced degree and become an advanced practitioner. As an advanced practitioner, I have a better understanding of the healthcare system and evidence-based practice to improve patient care.
While at DUSON, I’ve learned how to use translational research and analytic methods to develop, implement and evaluate best practices to improve healthcare. I’ve gained knowledge and skills regarding effective leadership, influencing health policy to reduce health disparities and promote access to quality of care and transforming health systems.
As a first-generation college student, I initially thought that attending the Duke University School of Nursing was out of my reach. I aspire to be a healthcare leader who breaks both racial and gender ceilings in order to end healthcare disparities and improve healthcare for all by advocating for patients and being a catalyst for change. DUSON has given me the skills to become an effective clinical scholar, healthcare leader, policy advocate and nursing educator. I know through attending DUSON, I’ll have the education, mentorship relationships and skills to not only do these things, but also educate and empower future generations of nurses.