Ngozi Mbibi of The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children's - Minneapolis is now a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Ngozi Mbibi has worked with mothers and babies for 37 years. She earned a midwifery licensure from Nigeria in 1978 and worked as a nurse midwife, nurse educator, nurse consultant, and clinical service resource trainer for 24 years before relocating to the U.S. in 2001.
In addition to her work at The Mother Baby Center in Minneapolis, Mbibi is vice president of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America, an organization that partners with Nigerian policymakers to address the complex health issues—including domestic violence—that she says are prevalent in some Nigerian cultures and affect Nigerian women, including emigrant nurses.
"To be honored as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing—the highest honor an American nurse can receive—is completely humbling. This honor and my induction as a fellow of the West African College of Nursing in July, instill in me a sense of renewed dedication to my chosen profession. I am inspired to further my efforts to improve nursing for Nigerian nurses in Nigeria and wherever they may be. I am deeply committed to caring for mothers and babies and improving their health here at home and throughout the world," Mbibi said.
Mbibi became a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing during its annual policy meeting October 17 in Washington DC. The American Academy of Nursing is comprised of more than 2,300 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. Academy fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and renowned scientific researchers.
The fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee's nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all. The Academy fellows represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 24 countries.
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