ICN SPECIALIST AFFILIATE

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Oluremi (Remi) Adejumo

DNP, MS, RN, BSN

Best practices are vital in improving patients’ health outcomes and quality health care delivery. However, evidence for the coordination of best practices in preventive health care services remains extremely limited in the local to global arenas and vice versa, despite the predispositions of individuals with unique needs for educational and psychological support.

Dr. Adejumo spent her entire professional tenure working to promote equitable access to preventive health care services in the United States and abroad. Integration of evidence-based preventive care is vital to individuals in substance abuse treatment, considering their ongoing physical and sociology-economic issues leading to their shorter lifespan. Knowledge-sharing best practices can enhance health promotion and help bridge the gaps in prevention. Thus, moving from the silos, she participates in interdisciplinary, evidence-based preventive health practice to promote quality health outcomes.

Dr. Adejumo has almost 30 years of experience in leadership, management, and nursing education combined. She believes that effective collaboration and leadership can impact stakeholders (patients, organizations, systems, staff, Etc.). A prudent nurse should assess their underlying beliefs and values, be committed to continuing lifelong education; engage stakeholders; and demonstrate creative, evidence-based strategies to improve outcomes. She facilitated the IntNSA-Nigeria, the first IntNSA country chapter on the continent of Africa, formation in 2019, and she has enthusiastically contributed to and engaged with- IntNSA at the U.S. and global levels. Also, she contributed to the third edition of the Addictions Nursing Scope and Standards and was instrumental in forming the IntNSA-Nigeria chapter.

Dr. Adejumo values the ideas and opinions of others as they contribute to influencing a positive change in addiction prevention and management. Through her engagements with IntNSA-Nigeria and IntNSA-Global, she has also developed and maintained relationships with Nigerian nurses in psychiatry, schools of nursing, governmental agencies (Ministries), and professional organizations. Likewise, She remains in continuous dialogue with representatives from the West African College of Nursing, the African Union Commission, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) representative for Nigeria, and the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP).

Nurses can lead innovative changes to policies. IntNSA is in a great position to effect this change. As a transformational leader and an active participant in IntNSA since 2018, she remains enthusiastic about its progress worldwide. “I am honored to be a Fellow of The International Academy of Addictions Nursing (FIAAN),” says Dr. Adejumo. According to Dr. Adejumo, IntNSA offers tremendous opportunities for professional development, networking, and collaboration, but we must engage in purposeful activities to promote our new vision. “I will continue to support the efforts of IntNSA as I strive to promote activities that align with its mission and goals; commit to using my knowledge, experience, and passion in exploring the evidence-based approach to recruit, retain, and meet the needs of IntNSA’s members while increasing its awareness across the globe.”