My name is Vivian N. Ngwa and I was born in Cameroon, West Africa. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science (BLIS) from Ahmadu Bello University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Wayne State University. I migrated to the United States in 2003 and discovered my passion for caring for others and at that time decided to pursue a degree in Nursing. I graduated with my BSN in 2007 and obtained employment as a Registered Nurse at St. John Providence Hospital in the Orthopedics unit. I have worked for the past decade in various departments and now focus on working with Geriatric patients. Presently, I work at Detroit VA Hospital in the Hospice and Rehabilitation unit. I am currently the President of the Cameroon Nursing Association and serve as an ambassador for the UPC council at the VA. My DNP research project is focused on comparing urinary infection rates between inpatient females who use indwelling urinary catheters as compared to those who use external urinary collection devices to determine which device is the most appropriate, cost effective, and has the best patient outcomes. My plans are to apply the evidence based practice for this project not only to hospice/rehabilitation females at the VA Hospital, but also in institutions where urinary track infections are on the rise.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar – Community-based Care
Dissertation: In Hospitalized Female Patients, How Does The Use of External Urinary Collection Devices Compared To Foley Catheter Affect Urinary Tract Infections Rates?