Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
My short-term career goals for persuing a Ph.D are to become a leader in nurse education in developing countries, through a development of partnerships with networks with other health professionals to improve primary and community health in Sub-Saharan Africa. My long-term plans are to conduct rigorous academic research on the feasibility of partnerships for nurse training programs. I plan to teach and do research in the field of nursing to help improve patient care in SSA. With a PhD, my skills in research will be sharpened; I will ground myself and research work theoretically and acquire the necessary tools to contribute to research and healthcare policy locally and internationally. I believe that in a global world such as ours, the need for global networking and connectivity in healthcare to help improve health in poor places in the global south cannot be over-emphasized. A PhD will also equip me with the necessary skills to establish contact with global partners and dialogue with communities and populations at risk.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I am drawn to the University of British Columbia’s Nursing program because of Faculty’s research expertise in areas of international nurse education, primary care areas, health leadership, community health, and health equity. In particular, my research interests align well with Suzanne Campbell in areas of advancing nursing practice and education. The diverse faculty projects and interests in various issues on health will also richly enhance my learning experience in the program. Overall, I am confident that I will receive excellent training in the program to help with my career aspirations and sustain my passion in social justice activism in health education and healthcare provision.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
My program offers areas of international nurse education and health equity.
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?
I'm excited to work on primary research.
What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?
One of the challenges I can see would be securing funding to carry out research outside of Canada.
How do you feel your program is preparing you for those challenges?
My program has a lot of support and information sessions on grant writing and applications.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
I feel most prepreared for grad school due to my master's program in nursing at the University of Western Ontario.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
Swimming, singing and dancing, watching adventure movies, biking and cooking.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Prepare well financially before arriving and get a place to stay before you arrive.