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Ms Jane Ekwonye MSN-Ed, RN

Obtained Registered Nurse (RN) and Registered Midwife (RM) from School of Nursing Owerri and School of Midwifery Anua, Akwa Ibom respectively before traveling to United States of America in 1997. While in US, has obtained BSN and Masters in Nursing (MSN) with emphasis in Nursing Education.
Currently, she lives in Dallas Texas and has practiced as a Registered Nurse in US for more than 18 years in specialties like Critical care, Telemetry, Med/Surg, Intensive care and Rehab. Has worked in several Hospitals including Baylor University Hospital Dallas, Southwest University Teaching Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas Regional Medical Center etc. Ms. Jane believes in hard work and entrepreneurship and she is presently self-employed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Star Choice Home Health Inc.
Ms. Jane Ekwonye is very passionate in making a difference in nursing in particular and the community as a whole which has led her to travel up to 4times a year for medical missions and to serve in different leadership capacities in the nursing profession and the community with several awards. Leadership positions include: President and founder of Prosper Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease, a foundation that is geared towards bringing awareness, breaking the cycle and research for cure for Sickle cell disease. This foundation has Awareness Walk every year to educate people on sickle cell disease and is fully involved in medical missions to Nigeria and other African countries to promote the prevention and management of the disease. The Foundation has also made tremendous effort in advocating for the sickle cell patients.
Ms. Jane is also the President and founder of Nigerian Nurses Association Dallas Fort Worth, serves as the Mentoring Committee Chairperson and an Ambassador at the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). She serves at various levels in the community for the promotion of health care issues including Igbo Community Association Health Fair Committee in Nigerian Nurses Association DFW, currently is the Secretary of the Nigerian Physician in North Texas (ANPA) Scholarship Trust. She is family oriented and is blessed with four children, one girl and three boys.
Acceptance Speech

Dear Professional colleagues and friends of NANNNA,
I appreciate and accept your nomination as the 8th President of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) with a deep sense of humility. I accept, too, the responsibility that goes with it, and I seek your continued support and your continued guidance. Our past Presidents have been so magnanimous in the role that I almost feel intimidated to put my foot in the big shoe. My fellow NANNNA members, our cause is too enormous for anyone to feel worthy of it. Our task would be too great for anyone if he or she does not have within him or her the heart and the hands of this wonderful organization. I promise you that every fiber of my being is consecrated to our cause, that nothing shall be lacking from the struggle that can be brought to it by enthusiasm, by devotion, and plain hard work.
I am grateful to NANNNA Founder, our Executive Director, Board of Directors, Executives, past Presidents, Committee Chairs and the entire members of this great organization for all the hard work that has brought us to where we are right now.
We just concluded our 7th Scientific Conference in Association of Nigerian Nurses in Minnesota successfully. I will like to use this opportunity to thank Association of Nigerian Nurses in Minnesota Chapter, the National Conference Committee and the Education Committee for organizing such a spectacular conference. On behalf of NANNNA leadership, I would like to specially thank the Association of Nigerian Nurses in Minnesota Nursing Association (MNA) for their sponsorship and assistance throughout the conference. NANNNA is equally grateful to the following sponsors for their continued support, AXXESS Software, Grand Canyon University, Walden University, Western Union, Arik Airline, Allina Health etc. NANNNA is also grateful to our collaborators like the Federal Ministry of Health, National University Commission and Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
The task before us is enormous but as an organization having made it so far we cannot afford to fail. From this moment, united and determined, we will go forward together, dedicated to the ultimate and undeniable greatness of the nursing profession. During the next year, NANNNA will continue to grow and expand in its mission in the promotion of health as we collaborate with other healthcare professionals and effectively involve our millennials. Together we will win. I am calling on every member of NANNNA to rise to the occasion and contribute meaningfully to the advancement of this great organization.
Thank you all!
Jane Ekwonye MSN-Ed, RN
President
NANNNA