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  • Schola Matovu

    Schola Matovu, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD(c)

    School of Nursing:
    Fifth Year

    I am a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), MFP fellow and Jonas Scholar. I have assumed leadership responsibilities and membership to several UCSF campus committees and other professional organizations, such as the Nurse-to-Nurse Global Initiative (NTNGI: Co-Founder), Sigma Theta Tau International Society, California Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, African Research on Aging Network (AFRAN), Gerontology Society of America (GSA), International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), and Global Social Initiative on Ageing (GSIA).

    Useful tip for incoming students:
    When the going gets tough, (and it will) stay true to yourself and your goals! And in the words of Brad Gast: “No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it. Have an unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long road has a purpose, that the things that you desire may not happen today, but they will happen. Continue to persist and persevere.” After all, you’ve been admitted to one of America’s premier universities!!

  • Jennifer Daren

    Jennifer Daren

    School of Nursing:
    Family Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Fellow

    Why nursing with a diabetes focus:
    I chose nursing with a diabetes focus because I wanted to be able to address this disease that disproportionately affects my African American community. I wanted to learn from experts in the field, to be exposed to evidenced based research on diabetes, and to learn how I can address this disparity as an advanced practice nurse. Ever since becoming a nurse, I have seen how diabetes effects a person’s physical and emotional health. And while I have seen how resilient some people and families are around diabetes management, too often have I cared for those that struggle with this disease and it’s many complications. As a public health nurse, I have linked up with nursing organizations and local churches to provide cardiovascular health screenings to African American communities in SF and Oakland. As a RN, I have provided diabetes management in the outpatient and acute care setting. As an advanced practice nurse trained in diabetes management at UCSF, I absolutely cannot wait to share all the knowledge that I have gained with my community and future nurses.

    Useful tip for incoming students:
    Get ready for an amazing career as a nurse that offers endless opportunities. I leave work feeling very fulfilled every day. Try your best to keep up your self-care, because I find it easier to serve when my own cup is full.

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