Serge Wandji


Serge Wandji, MSN, RN-BC, MBA, NEA-BC, CNL, is pursuing a PhD at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, SC. His research will focus on substance use disorders (SUD) among Rural Black men. An educated and board-certified Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) specializing in Psychiatric and Mental Health, Mr. Wandji was instrumental in the development and implementation of SUD prevention and treatment programs in both the states of New Jersey and Texas.

Mr. Wandji came into nursing as a second career, in search of something more fulfilling, with the intent and aspiration of initiating, developing, and leading the implementation of population health programs among the most vulnerable, for sake of common good.  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. He then completed his nursing education at Seton Hall University in New Jersey with a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) specializing as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). Mr. Wandji brings into nursing his proven leadership and managerial skills; his diverse cultural, educational, and professional background, and his passion for social justice. 

More recently, while working as a CNL, at a local Veterans Administration (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 SUDS. The project resulted in a significant increase in the veteran’s activation level, which in turn enabled individuals to develop the coping skills and the 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.