Neema Shayo, RN, is a first-year Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student at the California State University Long Beach School of Nursing. Ms. Shayo earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, graduating Cum Laude. During her undergraduate career, Ms. Shayo helped found and was on the executive board of her university’s chapter of Food Recovery Network, a nationwide collegiate organization aimed at alleviating hunger by distributing campus food to local food banks. She was a panelist speaker and met with state representatives in Washington, D.C.to raise awareness about health disparities and food insecurity at the first collegiate lobby day against food waste in history.
Ms. Shayo also served as the Programming Chair of the Resident Student Association. In the School of Nursing, Ms. Shayo taught recitation courses and was a peer advisor for freshmen nursing students. In addition, she was a research assistant who specialized in alleviating health disparities among African American women and children in the greater Pittsburgh area. Ms. Shayo worked directly with community members to provide education and resources. She also previously worked concurrently at a separate acute, adult and children’s psychiatric facility.
Ms. Shayo currently works at an acute, adult psychiatric facility. Her dedication to Nursing and education is unfaltering. She hopes to use her previous and continuing experience to advocate for mental health awareness and improve the health outcomes of marginalized voices in our society.
She is an active member of the American Nurses Association and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.