Marilyn wears metal framed glasses and a black cardigan over a golden yellow top.
Marilyn Azumah (Ghana, 2022) is a nurse specializing in caring for critically ill cardiovascular patients.

Meet Marilyn Azumah, 2022 Mandela Washington Fellow

Marilyn Azumah

What motivates you? 

About Marilyn Azumah

Pronouns: she/hers

Country: Ghana

Occupation: Nurse

FieldI care for critically ill patients, patients with cardiovascular conditions, venous thromboembolism, and other medical conditions. I ensure the effective and efficient management of my unit, manage over 20 staff, and also serve as a nurse preceptor.

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I am motivated by the joy of seeing people well and healthy. It gives me great fulfillment.

What drew you to your professional field?

As a nurse, I have the honor of touching lives; a life touches mine. It is not just a profession for me, it is my calling and is my life. Seeing others in good health and wellbeing is the force that drives me to do whatever it takes to give them the best quality of care. The privilege of caring for the sick and bringing them light or hope is what makes them want to fight and live again.

What is something from your country that you would like to share with the UC Davis community?

I would like to share our Ghanaian dishes, the diversity in our culture, our love for people, our hospitality, and our professional journey in Ghana.

How would you like to engage with UC Davis and the community here?

I would like to engage with their telemedicine system, explore how things are structured and managed in their teaching hospital, and participate in how their community health outreach and support group system are operated. I would like to engage in their cultural diversity and get to know their scholarship opportunities for Ph.D.s in Public Health and Nursing. I want to engage with professors or professionals who have an interest in non-communicable diseases and policy implementation, and learn what is involved in setting up a foundation to help the less privileged.


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