Osahenrumwen Osagie, a 2020 graduate of Mercer University‘s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

What are you plans after graduation?

I plan to start as an emergency/trauma Nurse at Duke University Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center this June.

What was your favorite class and why?

My favorite class was mental health. In regard to lecture, my professor always had a quirky story or interesting video to go along with the disease/disorder we were discussing. My favorite clinical was high acuity. In this clinical I worked in intensive care units such as neuroscience, cardiology and surgical. These were the sickest patients. I learned something new every single day.

How do you plan on changing the world?

As a Nigerian-American, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to see what health care is like outside of the Western Hemisphere. Nigeria is in need of major health care reform and infrastructure repair. Allowing nurse practitioners to practice in Nigeria could save lives by the thousands. One of my life goals is to attain my nurse practitioner license and practice as an acute care nurse practitioner back home. I know this will require political lobbying and systematic change. I plan on taking the skills I’ve learned here at Mercer in health care policy and research and using these skills to implement change.

How did Mercer prepare you for your future?

Mercer aligned me with professors and people who really saw my value. They saw what I had inside of me and challenged me to see the greatness inside of myself.

What makes Mercer special to you?

Mercer took a chance on me. I transferred here from another state school. I was rejected by a few schools’ nursing programs. But something about the Mercer culture attracted me to apply. Low and behold, Mercer saw something in me. As I prepare to start my career at one of the country’s most prestigious hospitals, I wonder would I have gotten here if Mercer didn’t see something special in me.

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