To advance within the field of nursing one must gain confidence to lead. Unfortunately in a profession populated predominately by women, some nurses lack confidence to lead even after many years of successfully caring for patients. This may be due, in part, to women’s membership of an oppressed group.

Nurses Annette Hubbard, Ulanda Marcus-Aiyeku and Paulette Opoku (not pictured) shared their strategies for career advancement with the first cohort of Nurses from Ghana, Africa.
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A project of NYU’s College of Nursing, The Ghanaian Nurse Leaders Program is designed to improve participants’ ability to be effective leaders within the Ghanaian health sector.

Annette Hubbard, President Emeritus of Concerned Black Nurses of Newark, N.J. shared her 1960’s struggles to overcome oppression, and establish her voice in community health. Ulanda Marcus-Aiyeku, a doctoral student of Rutgers – School of Nursing pointed out the need for a mentor to be successful, while Paulett Opoku a Fellow of NYU’s Leadership Institute for Black Nurses shared her story, via Skype, of overcoming obstacles to building and staffing a private Orthopedic Hospital in Ghana.