Roshan Jan Muhammad Manasia, MSN '14, BS, RN
“I was just following my instincts and the leaders around me.”
When she was 16, Roshan Jan Muhammad Manasia and most of her friends started nursing school together; it was one of the few careers available to women in Pakistan at the time. But the next time Manasia returns to her home country, she’ll be a standout among her peers with a master’s degree as an acute/critical care clinical nurse specialist.
“When I was in Pakistan, all the nursing books, research, and publications came from another country, usually the U.S.,” she says. She plans to help change that by taking what she’s learned at Johns Hopkins back home to share with other nurses and ultimately improve patient care. “Having this knowledge brings me a lot of responsibility toward my home country.”
Early in her career, Manasia discovered first-hand how nursing care might be improved in a critical care unit. She was assigned to the intensive care unit (ICU), where there wasn’t a good formal training program for new nurses. “I struggled through the first three years to become a safe and competent nurse.”
So Manasia first became a clinical nurse instructor, eventually moving on to become a nurse manager in Tanzania. “I was just following my instincts and the leaders around me. But I realized that I was missing something. A bachelor’s degree wasn’t enough,” she says. She needed a program that would polish her skills to look at—and correct—the system-wide issues that compromise quality and safety in acute care settings. The Clinical Nurse Specialist program at Johns Hopkins fit the bill.
After graduation, she plans to return to Pakistan to improve critical care nursing through evidence based practice, research, and education. She also hopes to launch a national association for acute care nurses. “I’ll be an alum of two stellar institutions: The Aga Khan University in the developing country of Pakistan and Johns Hopkins in the developed U.S. Now, I’m better prepared to bridge the practice gap between the two,” she says.