Global health has never been more in precarious position than this time in our lives. As the population of the world clocked 7.5 billion, we should not take the health of its citizen for granted. With increasing geographical mobility around the world, and devasting effects of highly contagious diseases plowing corners of the globe, global health is everybody’s business. Since nurses are the majority of healthcare workers, it is incumbent upon us to be part of the solution to the worldwide health crisis.
Globalizing nursing education is one of many ways to prepare nurses combat-ready for the inevitable. Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), Ebola Viral Disease and Marburg Viral Disease, Lassa Fever, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Nipah and henipaviral diseases, Rift Valley Fever (RVF), and Zika disease left destructive marks to the regions affected. We must do something about it.
The increasingly interconnected world makes it difficult to ignore health challenges from any part of the globe. A contagious disease can travel east-west, north-south of the world within twenty-four hours creating havoc of replications. Nurses at the forefront of health crisis need to prepare with universally standardized education on topics such as infection controls and preventions, the importance of vaccines, and care of the clients with contagious diseases.
Dr. Gabriel Oluwakotanmi is currently the Dean of Nursing at Chamberlain University, USA. His career as a bedside nurse in the intensive care unit, nurse leader, consultant, nurse educator, academician, and keynote speaker in the United States and abroad has spanned over 30 years. His professional experience includes teaching in undergraduate and graduates nursing programs online and in the classrooms, subject matter, expert writing, course, curriculum development, and nursing program development. Dr. Oluwakotanmi is an expert NCLEX reviewer, has more than 500 presentations locally and internationally. He was twice the keynote speaker for the World Nursing Conference in both LasVegas and Rome, Italy in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Dr. Gabriel Oluwakotanmi has received several awards over the year. Summa cum laude 1991 at Malcolm X College in Chicago, Magna cum laude in 1994 at Olivet Nazarene University, Magna cum laude in 2008 at Governors State University. He also received a certificate of special congressional recognition from US Congresswoman Dina Titus in 2014. In 2014, Dr. Oluwakotanmi received a certificate of commendation from the United States Senator Harry Reid. 2018 received South Texas Imagemakers award by Texas Nurses Association.
Dr. Oluwakotanmi is an author of several articles for the nursing profession and leads the team that created Hallmark RN-BSN, BSN, and MSN program. He is happily married with children and grandchildren. He enjoys reading, teaching, and outdoor activities.