Osasu Aduayi

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Osasu AduayiAlthough his path to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was not exactly what he had planned, Osasu Aduayi is on track and excited about his future.

Aduayi gained an understanding of nursing at an early age. His grandmother was among the first to complete a midwifery program in Nigeria. While growing up in Minnesota, he and his brother studied alongside their mother at the kitchen table as she completed her associate’s degree in nursing.

“This is what I wanted to do ever since I was in middle school: go to the University of Minnesota and become a nurse,” said Aduayi, a student in the BSN program in Rochester, Minnesota.

While Aduayi was accepted as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, he was not initially accepted into the highly-competitive BSN program. Instead, he was admitted two years into his college career as a transfer student on the Rochester campus. With his first year of nursing school now behind him, he is happy with his move to Rochester. Aduayi opted out of the student housing and rented a house with three other classmates near the University of Minnesota Rochester campus, which he says is working out well both socially and academically.

“Nursing involves more processes and science than people realize. It’s a job where you can make a difference.”

He says he and his classmates have become very close, and he has gotten to know students in other health profession programs on campus as well. “We had an interprofessional course together and I have met other students in my microbiology class too,” he said. “And we also have come to the Twin Cities to work through ethical scenarios with first year medical students.”

Aduayi says he wishes more people understood the role of the nurse today. “I like the fact that nurses work really closely with patients. It’s a physical job. Some people may not realize the cerebral part of the job – working through the different scenarios, assessing the situation and analyzing the abnormal and normal reactions a patient is having,” he said. “Nursing involves more processes and science than people realize. It’s a job where you can make a difference.”

Aduayi is drawn to nursing, in part, because he wants to have a positive impact on others. As a college student, he worked as a mentor for young people in a college access program called Beyond Walls in St. Paul, which combines tutoring and academic coaching with the athletic sport of squash. “I helped set up lesson plans, led community service projects, led drills on the court and helped with homework,” he said. “Most of the participants are people of color and it’s important to show them that it’s possible to be successful.”

Today, Aduayi has his sights set on a career in pediatric nursing. “You’ve just got to be confident in what you want to do,” he said.

Osasu Aduayi with syringe