[pictured above: Vincent Otundo with Dr. Janiece DeSocio and Shana Charles, DNP '20]
Congratulations to Vincent Otundo, MSN ‘19, on receiving the Lois Price Spratlen Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship program supports graduate students pursuing a career in advanced practice psychiatric nursing.
Vincent is in his final year of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program at Seattle University. Passion for his career arises, in part, from his own life story of immigration from Kenya as a young adult and the obstacles he overcame through personal drive and determination while on that journey.
Vincent came to the U.S. right after high school. Soon after his father passed away, leaving him alone in a new country. To help pay for his education, Vincent began a career as a nurse assistant. From there he progressed step by step earning his LPN, Associate Degree RN, and BSN before applying to the Seattle University PMHNP program. He is currently working full-time as an RN on a psychiatric inpatient unit in addition to full-time graduate studies.
“I am really humbled to have been selected for the Lois Spratlen Scholarship," said Vincent. "My every day engagement with my nursing professors, fellow students and patients during clinicals provides me with the academic rigor and a constant reminder of the great responsibility bestowed upon me. SU CON continues to prepare me very well for both present and future matters of social justice and health care."
Vincent’s scholarly project focuses on the critical need for culturally relevant mental health services for immigrant populations; a need that continues to grow in our region. He’s a passionate advocate for social justice in addressing the needs of immigrated people and is determined to achieve his professional goal of providing them with high quality mental health care services that are respectful of cultural beliefs and practices.
“Vincent’s personal journey speaks to his abilities and determination in overcoming significant challenges. He is a dedicated student with great enthusiasm and capacity for learning.” - Janiece DeSocio, Seattle University Professor of Nursing
The Lois Price Spratlen Foundation was founded to honor the spirit and legacy of Lois Price Spratlen, RN, PhD, FAAN and builds upon her commitment to education, her pursuit of social justice, and her determination to challenge perceived limitations. It grew from a scholarship program started by the Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses in 2001 and became an independent nonprofit in 2016.
For more info: https://www.thelois.org/