“ At Wayne State, I see a culture where everyone learns from each other and everyone plays a part.”
Jada realized she wanted to be a nurse while working in the dementia unit of a nursing home at age 15. Since then, she’s held a wide range of nursing positions, progressing from RN to B.S.N to M.S.N. Jada is now pursuing her Ph.D. at Wayne State through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Future of Nursing Scholars program. Her research focuses on understanding the behavior of sexually high-risk African-American adolescents and more effective ways to educate them about STI prevention. Jada left her position as a school-based health center nurse supervisor to pursue her Ph.D. full time as the College of Nursing’s first recipient of the prestigious RWJF award — all so she can make a difference in urban communities.
Jada’s RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars award is supported by funding from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, MetroHealth Foundation, Ethel and James Flinn Foundation, DMC Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
Learn more about Jada in the College of Nursing's Fall 2016 magazine, Urban Health (PDF).