Learn from an emerging nurse leader inspiring the next generation
There is a great demand globally for nurse leaders with enhanced skills who can manage the increasingly complex disease burden that challenges the delivery and quality of patient care. At the Mary K Center for Global Nursing Development, we work collaboratively to improve nursing education, advance nursing practice and provide the resources needed to empower nurses in low-resourced countries to serve as leaders to improve the quality of and access to healthcare in their countries.
We are excited to share with you this week the story of Danta Bien-Aimé, a nurse from Haiti that I had the pleasure of meeting at the M3 (Mobilizing Medical Missions) conference earlier this year in Houston, Texas. An emerging nurse leader, Danta is blazing trails and taking the research world by storm. Her words and actions are inspiring others to make an impact in advancing nursing practice.
“I don’t see a path, but I walk; perhaps with my footprints, I will create a path that was inexistent…And the path created by my footmarks will give direction to those who refused to walk because there was no path.” Bien-Aimé, D.
Danta was born in the northern town of Gonaïves, Haiti. She was awarded both her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and valedictorian honors from FSIL, one of the few BSN-level nursing schools in the country. She later received her nursing license and served a three-year term as director of a cervical cancer clinic implemented by the Women’s Global Cancer Alliance.
Danta was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship and the International Peace Scholarship (IPS) through the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO). She is currently pursuing a Master of Medical Sciences Degree in Global Health Delivery at Harvard Medical School, researching the barriers and drivers that hinder cervical cancer screening in Haiti. Her ultimate objective of this research is is to not only help improve healthcare quality while considering the social determinants of healthcare delivery, but also to suggest a more comprehensive and equitable approach to care delivery.
“Growing up, I always aspired to higher education, yet I did not know how to navigate through the system.” As educators, both her parents emphasized the importance of education as a way for her to have a better life. Early on, she learned to not focus on what she didn’t have but to consider how to use what she did have to her advantage.
When she learned about the Fulbright Scholarship, she knew it was an opportunity she could leverage to help her reach her goals. With guidance and support from family, friends and co-workers, she was able to overcome some difficult challenges and relentlessly pursue her passion. Her persistent efforts to improve her English proficiency and understand the complex application process, allowed her to succeed and be selected as a Fulbright Scholar.
Through the process she learned some valuable lessons that she wants to impart on the next generation of nursing students:
- Don’t waste your privilege. Your parents may not be able to give you everything, but they can show you the way. Be grateful and use your privilege wisely.
- Seize opportunities. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you. Dare to try new things, identify opportunities and challenge yourself.
- Be strategic, set goals and identify the best way to reach them. Never stop trying.
You will be able to listen Danta live as we conclude her story next week. She will share her thoughts on improving healthcare access to poor communities, health system strengthening and empowering youth. Send us your questions for Danta to [email protected]. The interview will be next Friday, August 2, at 10:30AM CST.
If you are not able to make the event, we will also post a recording of the interview to our resources page on Friday afternoon.
We would love to hear from you regarding nursing news, conferences, and anything that you are involved in. If you have follow up questions or suggestions, please email us at [email protected]. Thank you for being a part of global nursing development! We welcome your feedback.
Yours in Nursing,
Lisa D. Cole, MA, RN
Director, Mary K Center for Global Nursing Development