With a nationwide nursing shortage bringing on high demand, most nursing students find that they have a job right out of college, but usually not one that takes them halfway around world. That’s why our Nurse of the Week is Julia Brown, a senior nursing student at Fairfield University who was accepted into the Peace Corps for a nursing position stationed in Cameroon Africa following her graduation at the end of this semester.
Fairfield University has a core value of being men and women for others. Brown will be upholding that value as she moves to Cameroon for two years to serve in the health sector of the Peace Corps working in HIV/AIDS education and prevention, malaria prevention, and maternal and child healthcare. Discussing her upcoming job, Brown tells [email protected] that volunteering for the Peace Corps has always been a goal for her, even before she wanted to be a nurse:
“Ever since I was in middle school I’ve wanted to do the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps isn’t about giving money and handouts to those in need, but rather it’s about giving them education and promotion so that they can sustain positive changes. To me that’s making the biggest impact possible.”
With the skills she gained through classroom and clinical practice during her four years in the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, Brown feels prepared to make a smooth transition into her new role. To learn more about her upcoming role with the Peace Corps, visit here.