How She Did It: Lola Adebanjo
Occupation: Family Nurse Practitioner / Practice Administrator
Location: GoodLife Medical Center, PLLC. Memphis, TN
Why she wanted to enter the field: I have a deep passion for public health and helping others to live well. My interest has been driven partly by my personality and upbringing. I believe that my chosen profession must be one that makes lives around me better.
How she entered the field: After my high school education, I studied public health in college. Post college, I had worked in many places like Southwark, Fulham and Hammersmith councils in London where I progressed from public health officer to senior public health officer. When my family relocated to the U.S. in 1995, I worked as a nursing assistant in assisted living and nursing homes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where I have acquired significant experience in the organization and administration of nursing homes. Through this experience, my interest in the nursing profession became stronger and in the summer of 2001, I completed an undergraduate degree - BSN in the Becton School of Nursing in Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, N.J. Hence, my education in the Becton School of Nursing complemented my previous training and experience in the field of public and environmental health. To fulfill my personal goal, I proceeded to obtain my master's degree in nursing at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, where I graduated Dec. 2, 2005 and was awarded the MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner. Presently, I am working on my Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana and will be graduating on May 12, 2012. My education and experience so far has positioned me for a meaningful contribution as health care provider.
How she paid for it: For the BSN, I used a student loan and out of pocket money to pay for the school fees and books. My employer tuition reimbursement program and out-of-pocket funds were used to pay for my MSN tuition fees and books. Hence, I was working and going to school. Grateful for the online nursing program that made it possible and affordable for me. For the DNP, I had the Nurse Faculty Loan and Traineeship grant to pay for my tuition and books.
Most memorable experience thus far: The day I rescued a child who was choking on a candy using Heimlich maneuver without allowing fear to make me pass the opportunity of saving this life. I will forever be grateful that the nursing profession prepared me for this.
Would she do it all over again: Absolutely, I will do it over and over again if I have to because these have been very rewarding and fulfilling experiences for me.
One career tip for others: Always follow your dream and take action to move you towards your goal.
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