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Curiosity is the best point of departure for any journey, especially an adventure in nursing. My journey began after spending a year travelling through Asia in 1978. What Maslow termed a “peak emotional experience” occurred one afternoon in India. Throwing up my hands in desperation at the poverty and disease, I thought “I wish someone would help these people.” It suddenly became clear that I had to be the change I wanted to see happen. Returning to the United States, I enrolled in nursing school.
My career in maternal/child health, my experiences as a public school teacher in a Harlem neighborhood of New York City, and my Peace Corps volunteer work in Africa, have all helped to inform my decision to enroll in a PhD program at the University of Virginia. Currently my topics of interest include: the causes and conditions that contribute to infant mortality in Charlottesville; African American health disparities; end-of-life issues; and homelessness due to intimate partner violence.
Rodriguez Nursing Student Research and Leadership Scholarship, University of Virginia, School of Nursing (2012)
Anne Hemmings Pollok Fellow for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, University of Virginia, School of Nursing (2010)