I want to congratulate all the class of 2023 graduates of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine Academic Nursing Programs. I'm so excited about the contributions they're going to be making to health and health equity across our nation.
Here's not one faculty that has not been supportive. I love them all and appreciate them for really impacting my journey and growing to be a better person personally as well as professionally.
They really encourage us to get involved outside of just the clinical realm and also encouraged us to get involved with the community with some volunteer projects.
The clinical sites that they send us to are very diverse, so I feel like I got a very well-rounded experience and I also had the opportunity to go to the Philippines and practice over there for two weeks. So I got to do some global health stuff that I feel really prepared me as well.
Obtaining this degree is going to help me reach my goals of being able to oversee and help implement things in the community. It'll help me be able to embed the psychiatric health in our community and take that to a new level with leadership and inspire other nurses and other colleagues to do so.
My grandmother, who I cared for for 16 years, she'll say, "Mone, you a doctor?" And I'm like, "No, grandma. I'm better than that. I'm a nurse." So I am now a doctor nurse, and I'm so honored and I know she has the best seat in the house.