Family Death Due To Nursing Shortage Prompts African To Graduate In Miami
It was a family tragedy that first led her to consider a career in nursing.
A relative in his native African country died while in an understaffed hospital, Addae said, with just one nurse for 50 patients.
“I swore to become a nurse to care for the sick,” said Addae, a devout Christian. “I am a woman of faith.”
Earning a degree while raising four young children takes a lot, she says. Thus, she often turns to one of her favorite Bible passages.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. When things get tough, I just talk to my God.
Addae’s perseverance in managing both maternity times four and undergraduate classes has garnered both attention and praise from professors at the University of Miami in Hamilton.
“I remember bawling one day while having a conversation with the professor from Miami, Dr. Eyad Mussallem, because I thought I was going to fail a class,” Addae said. “He encouraged me and believed in me when I felt I couldn’t find the strength to continue.”
Addae “is an excellent student who is always willing to volunteer to help other students and goes above and beyond what is asked of her in class,” said Tricia Neu, assistant professor of nursing and director of the FNP track. . “We are thrilled to have him in our graduate program.”
Addae was not surprised by the academic attendance or the high quality of its regional nursing professors.
“I decided to enroll in Miami University Regionals because of its outstanding academic reputation.”
And now she’s also aiming to break a gender stereotype held by some of her family members in her former country.
“Becoming a nurse practitioner will allow me to become the first woman among my siblings to pursue (a post-graduate degree),” she said. “I will break the stereotype that only men can do better in school in my family.”