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Prof. Patricia U. Ukaigwe is a well-respected title holder and a devoted Christian. She is highly principled but friendly and accommodating. Teamwork, respect and love for humanity are characteristic features evident in her sacrifices and selfless services. A seasoned educator, administrator and clinician, her professional nursing career began upon graduation from the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu, Nigeria, and licensed by the Nursing and of Midwifery Council of Nigeria as Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife in July 1981 and September 1983 respectively. She also obtained a diploma in orthopedic nursing from National Orthopedic Hospital Enugu prior to migrating to America to join her husband, Hon. Albert Onyema Ukaigwe, KSC/KJW; and blessed with three adult children, Ezinne Joy, Ikenna Kenneth, and Tochi Michael.

Prof Ukaigwe believes in lifelong learning, values education and advocates for proper training of nurses at all levels. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from New Jersey City University, Master of Science in Transcultural Nursing Administration and Community Health from Kean University, and Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus on organizational leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), all in New Jersey, USA. Other certifications include Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education, Post Master’s Certificate in Distance Education – Online Teaching, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care, Neonatal  Intensive Care Nursing, and Legal Nurse Consultant to name a few.

Dr. Ukaigwe is a Maternal-Child fellow of the West African Post Graduate College for Nurses and Midwives (FWAPCNM), as well as Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow, and a Distinguished Alumina of the School of Nursing, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (SONUNTH) Enugu. In seeking creative ways to foster learning that promote quality patient care, she developed preceptors’ program to equip new graduates entering the profession with the necessary skill-set and mentoring program for nursing faculty. In addition, she developed the  “Patient Satisfaction a Must for Nurses” Project Protocol adopted by National Association of Nigeria Nurses in North America (NANNNA) to address attitudes of professional nurses in Nigeria to healthcare and caregiving. She enjoys the activities that enabled her to teach across the nursing curriculum, from basic nursing to doctorate nursing programs.

Besides teaching, Ukaigwe is active in professional and community activities. She represented Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in United Nations (CoNGO – NGO) and participated in the planning of the Department of Public Information annual (UN/DPI NGO) conference in Melbourne Australia. In addition, she developed partnerships between FDU and two universities in Ghana and Nigeria. A proud Nigeria Diaspora Nurse, she is a leader in the National Association of Nigeria Nurses in North America, and the immediate past president of school of nursing, university of Nigeria teaching hospital (SONUNTH) alumni in USA.  She is also a member of STTI Nursing Honor Society and has served in various capacities as chapter Vice President, Leadership Succession Chairperson, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Educational event planning Coordinator etc.

Prof Ukaigwe’s prior research focused on special health needs of the vulnerable population – children and adults with chronic illness and the impact of the illness on their families. Currently she is working on developing and strengthening nursing education program in Nigeria.  She has authored and co-authored books and professional materials and /or publications as well as reviewed and still reviews abstracts.

Selected publications

Ukaigwe, P. U., Nnabuenyi, A., Nwafor, O., and Loius-Egbuchiem, U. (2020). Enhancing Nursing Education and Practice through Structured Preceptor Training in the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu, Nigeria. Creative Education Vol. 11 No. 9. DOI: 10.4236/ce.2020.119133

Ukaigwe, P.U., Nnabuenyi, A., Nwafor, O., Loius-Egbuchiem, U. (2020) Clinical Preceptor Training. University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu Nigeria Preceptor Manual ISBN: 978 978 961 577 5

Arca-Conteras, K., Ukaigwe, P., Guttman, M., and Vargas, M. (2017) Transforming passive students into active learners through the flipped classroom. International Forum for Nursing and Healthcare. Vol. 1, series of 2017. Page 26-32

Ukaigwe, P. (2014, Dec.). Collaboration in Nursing. The Companion, vol. v pg. 12-14.

Ukaigwe, P. (2012, fall). The lingering consequence of poliomyelitis in Nigeria. National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) Newsletter, Issue 3. Page 5-6

Ukaigwe, P. (2011) Structured patient education, enhance self-care management in individuals living with Parkinson’s disease: A descriptive study. DNP Capstone ProQuest Dissertation & Theses @ Fairleigh Dickinson University # 3491874

 Ukaigwe, P., Guttman, M., Parietti, E., Fitzpatrick, A., and Kurlan, R. (2011). Structured Patient Education to Enhance Self-Care Management in Individuals Living with Parkinson’s disease: A Descriptive Study. The UPNAAI Nursing Journal 7 (1) pg.33-41

Ukaigwe, P. (2011, fall). SONUNTH ALUMNI-USA Makes a Difference: Adopts their Alma Mater. NANNNA Newsletter, Issue 1. Page 7-8

Selected Recognition for Services:

Excellence Service Award given jointly by Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDO) America, New Jersey Chapter; the Mayor of the City of Newark; the Consul-General of the Nigerian Consulate Office in New York and Newark African Commission (October 2019)


Global Service Award given by Fairleigh Dickinson University Henry P. Becton School of Nursing & Allied Health (December 2017)


Selected Conference Presentations:

Minnesota Department of Human Services Community Trauma Response Project in Collaboration with Empire and Peace Global Health Foundations: Let’s Talk about Racial Trauma (Panelist 2021, August 19).

ACER and Peace Global Health Foundation: Town Hall Convention on COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Myths – Get the facts from the experts (Panelist) {2021, May14}.

Health Promotion: The Biblical Evidence, Medical Guidelines and Vaccine Hesitancy. Northeast Anglican Church Archdeaconry (CANA West) Women Conference {2021, May 8}.

Nursing-Pharmacy Inter-professional Education Promotes Ethical Decision-Making and Competence Nursing Diversity Global Summit on Nursing Education {2021, March 15}.

State of Healthcare in Africa: Challenges and Evidence Driven Solution. International Organization of African Nurses 2020 Virtual Conference {2020, October 16}.

Impact of COVID-19 on Major Chronic Diseases and Nursing Implications. National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America CEU Webinar Series {2020, September 26}.

COVID-19 anticipatory guidance. National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America CEU Webinar Series {2020, September 10}.

Professionalism and Attitude, Interprofessional Workshop Federal Medical Center Umuahia and University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu {2020, January 6, 9-10}.

Transatlantic Collaboration to Enhance Nursing Education and Practice in Nigeria. Haitian American Nurses of Hudson Valley Nursing Symposium (Podium) {2018, September 21}.