Get to know Registered Nurse Veronica Onwunaka, who serves patients within New Community Extended Care.
Veronica has spent over thirty years in nursing, after receiving her registered nursing degree in 1986 from University Hospital in Nigeria. Later, she went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Jacksonville University and then she pursued her master’s degree in Health Care Administration, which she received in 2015 from Grand Canyon University.
With specialized expertise in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, Veronica currently serves as the Administrator and Director of Health and Social Services at New Community Extended Care in Newark, New Jersey. Veronica is also a certified instructor in dementia care and teaches CNA students in her current role.
She maintains professional memberships with the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America, Health Care Association of New Jersey, Alzheimers Association, New Jersey Association Directors of Nursing Administration and the Global Network for Good Governance, all of which allow her to stay current in her field. As the recipient of a Florence Nightingale Award, Veronica has demonstrated her ability to showcase her exemplary services or a creative and pioneering spirit in the areas of public health or nursing education.
The main role of a registered nurse, like Veronica, is to assist physicians in providing treatment to patients suffering from various medical conditions. While their primary responsibilities will involve caring for patients, their specific job duties will vary depending on your employer and specialization. While a majority of registered nurses work at hospitals they are not limited to that setting, they can also work in in clinics, schools, assisted living facilities, homes, schools and more. They must also stay up-to-date with new tools and technology to help provide the best care to patients and families, and the best support to doctors and other healthcare professionals. Registered nurses must possess excellent communication, emotional intelligence, teamwork, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
Veronica attributes her success to her determination and commitment to both the field and her patients. When she is not assisting patients, Veronica donates her time to various charities and nonprofits throughout the Newark region.
Learn More About Veronica Onwunaka:
Through her online profile: http://todaysnurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4142429/info/, she can also be reached via the New Community Extended Care site: www.newarknursinghome.org/. She is based out of Newark, New Jersey.