RWJF V2 2014-11AnariFredrick Anari wants to know his life has had meaning and the nursing profession is how he has chosen to pursue that passion. A student in MNU’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program, Anari comes to the field after working in finance. The native Kenyan first came to the US to attend the University of Central Missouri.

In the US on a student visa Anari was without health insurance and had a difficult time accessing healthcare. Inexpensive clinical services would have helped him, he says. Add to that his childhood in Kenya, where he says he “noticed the correlation between poverty, inaccessibility to healthcare and high mortality rates,” and his dream of being part of the solution was born.

Anari’s specific dream is to be a traveling nurse, perhaps as a job, a volunteer or as a missionary. His adventurous spirit lends itself particularly well to situations in which he will need to adapt quickly to changes in “clinical settings, weather, culture and other conditions,” he says.

“I consider it is a privilege and a great opportunity to be of service to others in the healthcare industry because other people are entrusting their health and wellness to you at their most vulnerable moment,” Anari adds. “In addition, the flexibility in the industry is unmatched by most other careers, and the wide range of career opportunities available provides more options.”

One such option is to further his education once he has earned the BSN and work toward becoming a nurse practitioner (NP). Becoming an NP would allow Anari to have his own practice which is the draw for him. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, and with a shortage of doctors and practitioners, Anari wants to be one of the professionals who brings accessible healthcare to those who otherwise would go without.

“I would like to reciprocate and offer my services to a community and a nation that has nurtured me thus far,” he says.

He would also like to help eliminate the stereotype that nursing is a female profession.

“Males who pursue nursing are stigmatized, especially in Africa and Asia,” Anari says. “I want to tell my story to other African males so they can be inspired to conquer those societal barriers and press on to become proud male nurses.”

So why MNU? Anari says besides being a convenient, year-long program, the ABSN program is “complete and comprehensive, effectively preparing one to be competent and ready to delve into the healthcare industry.” He also recommends the program to others because of the program’s high pass rates on the NCLEX (100% in 2013).

Anari was awarded MNU’s prestigious New Careers in Nursing scholarship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation this year. Scholarships are for students who come from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in nursing. He’s grateful for the financial assistance that will help him reach his goals.

“This purpose, I believe, is making healthcare available to the most vulnerable and unfortunate among us who live in conditions so intolerable that no human should endure,” Anari states. “The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholarship will be a huge stepping-stone in getting me closer to this ambition that I passionately hold in my heart.”