Kizito Nakokunya Wenani

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Kizito Nakokunya Wenani, MPH, RN, MSN, is seeking a DNP in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Mr. Wenani obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and a minor in Community Development from the Catholic University of East Africa, Kenya. He received a Master of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. He is a psychiatric-mental health nurse at a Veterans Administration (VA) psychiatric hospital in Tomah, WI.

Prior to nursing, Mr. Wenani worked both as a hospital chaplain and a chaplain for Tyson Foods, Inc. Missouri for more than 10 years. He has also served as a Swahili Cultural diplomat with the US Department of State where he taught Swahili and East African culture to the United States diplomats whose deployment countries were Kenya and Tanzania.

He started his career as a community health care worker in Tanzania before moving to the United States in 2005 to study for his graduate degree in Theology. Years of service as a catholic priest, a hospital chaplain and Tyson Foods Factory chaplain in rural Midwest helped him to identify a need for minority mental health professionals which influenced his change in career path to psychiatric mental health.

Mr. Wenani is a member of the American Nurses Association.