She is the author of two books: “Simple Tips to Developing A Productive Clinician-
Patient Relationship” and “Principles For Overcoming Communication Anxiety and Improving Trust”.
In May 2019, she published an online school Communication Academy and courses in her school have received accreditation for granting Continuing education units to Physicians and Nurses.
Her contents are based on research study results and her numerous interactions with diverse groups of individuals in the healthcare settings for close to 30 years.
A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Trustees, she is married and has four daughters.
“I continued to study and advance in my career with the intention to utilize the soft skills of communication to breakdown perceived and real barriers, lower anxiety, create tranquility and ultimately help to improve the chances of establishing better and more trusting relationships between healthcare providers and patients in various healthcare settings across the United States and globally.
“I have worked in various healthcare settings in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. I currently work as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the retail clinic setting,” she said.
Her most memorable moment in the United states was when she held her first published book in her hands, and “danced for joy!” she said.
What she misses the most about living in Africa: “I love African foods and clothing and can readily obtain those in African markets here in the US. So, I can’t truthfully say I miss those the most”.
“Rather, what I miss is the sense of true solidarity, unity, endearment, and contentment often exuded in African culture despite economic and political mishaps that have plagued us for many years. This, I truly believe is due to the sense of being grounded in God’s promises to care for all who put their trust in Him despite life’s uncertainties”.
Mrs. Aghanya granted an interview to TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA, and gave us a peep into her extraordinary life in the United States.
What’s your name now? What was your name before? What do people call you and what do you prefer to be called.
My name is Nonye Aghanya, but close friends and family call me Nonye
What African country do you identify with and what part of that country do you associate with? What state do you live in the United States and what is your citizenship?
Married to a wonderful gentleman from the Ivory Coast for 20 years, I guess it’s safe to say that according to our African tradition, I identify with Ivory Coast but I also readily associate with Nigeria and definitely love the similarly rich traditions of both countries ( food, pleasantry greetings, clothing etc). I currently live in Virginia and I’m a Nigerian and a United States citizen as well.
Where and what did you study?
I studied computer Science at the University of Nigeria and many years later obtained a master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner program from Pace University, New York.
Where do you work and what type of job do you do?
I have worked in various healthcare settings, initially as a Registered nurse and now as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I co-owned a private medical clinic in New Jersey for 7 years and currently work in the retail clinic setting for the past 12 years where I’m responsible for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients with various acute and chronic ailments.