Serge Wandji


Serge Wandji, MSN, MBA, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CNL, is currently in his first year of pursuing a PhD at the University of South Caroline, in Columbia, SC. His research will focus on Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) prevention and treatment among underserved Black men in rural areas. Another population of interest is the Black African and Caribbean (BAC) communities displaced in the United States. As a trained and board-certified Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) specializing in SUD among underserved minority populations, Mr. Wandji was instrumental in the development and implementation of SUD prevention and treatment programs in both Houston and Dallas TX.

More recently, while working as a CNL in an inpatient psychiatric and mental health unit at a local VA Medical Center in South Carolina, Mr. Wandji initiated, developed, and successfully led the implementation of a facility-wide project on the Culture of Engagement, with an emphasis on veterans with SUD. The project resulted in a significant increase in the veteran activation level, which in turn enabled individuals to develop the skills and willingness to manage their own addiction experience. The abstract Mr. Wandji prepared for that project titled, “Leadership Role in Implementing a Culture of Engagement,” was selected for presentation at the prestigious American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) 2018 Pathway to Excellence, National Conference. 

Mr. Wandji came into nursing in his second career, in search of something more fulfilling. After graduating from Western Kentucky University with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), he worked in the business and financial services industries for 10 years before deciding to become a nurse, and then to be of service to the most vulnerable and underserved minority populations. Mr. Wandji brings into nursing his proven leadership and managerial abilities; his diverse cultural, educational, and professional background, and his passion for social justice.