BSN, RN, CMSRN
Esenam Dankwaa, BSN, RN, CMSRN, is a first-year student at Frontier Nursing University pursuing the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practitioner (PMHNP) degree. Her ultimate goal is to advocate for the underserved population. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2018 and was hired by Able 2, which offers comprehensive services and support to people with developmental disabilities. In her role as residential nurse, she enhanced and created opportunities for the patients to live their best lives enabling patients to contribute to the community. While working at Able 2, Ms. Dankwaa’s interest in caring for the underserved peeked.
To broaden her skills and knowledge about caring for all patients from a diversified background, she transitioned to the medical surgical department at Atrium Health. Here, Ms. Dankwaa also worked in the substance use and alcohol unit caring for patient populations with substance use and alcohol issues and became engaged in quality improvement projects to reduce patients leaving the hospital against medical advice. To improve her knowledge of providing evidence-based care in that specialty, she became certified as a medical-surgical registered nurse (CMSRN).
Ms. Dankwaa also served as the Unit Based Council (UBC) at her department; and, as Chair, served as a liaison between nurses and patients to help improve patient’s experiences and safety. Additionally, she has served as preceptor to new graduate students.