UTHCT nurse practitioner and manager writes practical guide to help nurses move into management

Monday, December 5, 2005

Christie Osuagwu, RN, has long sought to ease the transition for nurses who want to become managers in the health care field. Ms. Osuagwu, a certified family nurse practitioner, has a Master of Science in nursing and a master’s degree in public administration. She currently is director of Community Outreach and Health Disparities at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, Ms. Osuagwu held a coming out party for her latest endeavor, a book titled “From Staff Nurse to Manager: A Guide to Successful Role Transition.” About 30 people attended the book signing and reception, which was held in the Watson W. Wise Medical Research Library on the Health Center campus, 11937 U.S. Highway 271 in Tyler.

“The purpose of this book is to assist nurses who desire roles in management, to help them make an easy transition. It’s a practical ‘how-to’ guide for them,” said Ms. Osuagwu, a UT Health Science Center employee for 21 years.

UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun praised Ms. Osuagwu at the book signing.

“I’m always proud when a member of our institution writes his or her first book. To see scholarly work be published, and to disseminate knowledge, is a big part of our mission. And I think we have wonderful nurses here who will find this book very useful,” Dr. Calhoun said.

Christie Osuagwu, RNMs. Osuagwu’s 30 years of nursing experience and 18 years of management experience gives her a unique perspective on the challenges nurses face when seeking to become managers. She currently is working on her doctorate in public health.

Ms. Osuagwu also tapped her husband’s expertise in the business world for the book.

“My husband, Godwin Osuagwu, wrote the professional ethics section and some of the section on business. He understands the language of business, and it is important to have that in management,” Ms. Osuagwu said. Mr. Osuagwu has a master’s in business administration and is a professor of ethics and business at Texas College, where he has taught for 20 years. He also has served as adjunct faculty in other area colleges, including Tyler Junior College, The University of Texas at Tyler, and Jarvis Christian College.

“It’s really a blessing to be associated with an institution that allows me to grow. Our nurses were an inspiration to me. I am honored to give back to an institution that has given me so much,” Ms. Osuagwu said. “If this book helps someone understand how to make the world better, then it will have achieved its purpose.”

“From Staff Nurse to Manager: A Guide to Successful Role Transition” costs $19.99, with 25 percent of the profits going to the Health Center. It is published by Instant Publishers. The book may be purchased at the UTHSCT Gift Shop on the Health Center campus.

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