Nnamdi Okorafor

Nnamdi Okorafor

Registered Nurse

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born in Nigeria but always wanted to come to the US.
Got accepted to study Electrical Engineering and immigrated to the US.
Unable to afford college, dropped out to work full time.
My mother became ill, got drawn to nursing while involved in her care.
Paid my way through nursing school and now have experience practicing in multiple settings.
Volunteer and work with my local rotary club to provide care to the homeless.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Nursing Practice
The University of Texas at Arlington

Career

Registered Nurse

I care for the sick.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Entrepreneurship
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

My typical day kicks off with a team huddle. A meeting where we get our patient assignments and also discuss other pertinent issues. Next we meet with outgoing nurses to get shift report. Essential information required for patient care is exchanged during this time. At the conclusion of which I take responsibility and must do everything I can to provide stellar nursing care including getting information from the medical record or contacting other members of the healthcare team.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Critical care nursing requires attention to details and an ability to independently take initiative when caring for the critically ill. Accurate documentation of patient symptoms, medical treatment procedures, and changes in condition. The ability to perform nursing duties in accordance with the State Nurse Practice Act while adhering to facility policies and procedures. Effectively communicate with patient/family, and other healthcare professionals. Must have a passion for what you do.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Volunteer or intern at a hospital to gain exposure and guide your decision to choosing a preferred specialty. Don't worry you can change your specialty down the road. Get a head start and save by enrolling in your local community college and take prerequisite classes. Try not to "C" your way through these classes. Exceptional grades and a good understanding of the educational content is important. You will be saving lives.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Nursing Practice

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You are not good enough to do that."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial