Today we’d like to introduce you to Onyinyechi Mgbah.
Hi Onyinyechi, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Today, I would introduce myself as a US-based nurse, travel advisor, writer, and business owner but my story starts across the world in Nigeria. I was born and raised in a close-knit family and left home at 17 to the US for college.
My first time in America was at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where I graduated with my first degree in Psychology before moving to Tennessee for Nursing school. Nine years later, I’ve been working as an ER nurse for 3 years and currently building my business while working as a travel nurse. During the pandemic, I knew I had to go back to my craft, as an outlet for the burden that was on myself and the majority of healthcare workers.
I went back to writing, editing/publishing books, creating content, and reliving my travel memories. Before the world shut down, I would always travel and explore places as a solo traveler. There are many benefits of seeing the world outside of your comfort zone, and this has always been a thing of excitement for me.
I even took on the business of travel planning at a point. The combination of travel and nursing was a perfect fit but wasn’t enough so I started considering a more full-time role in business
I learned the culture of business and creativity from my parents, as they are very entrepreneurial and hardworking. From a young age, I was interested in helping people and problem solving especially through creative means. They always encouraged me to do things I enjoyed while emphasizing the importance of a stable way to take care of myself.
They have been fans of my work and supported every venture or creative work even those that never saw the light of day.
I’ve studied various industries and I’m still exploring more! To me, it’s exciting to learn new things every day and challenge myself to understand them even if it’s not related to healthcare or nursing. As an immigrant, endless possibilities are the best part of my life in the US and I take advantage of each opportunity I get.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Definitely not! Not at all!
Since 17, I have not had any of my immediate family in close reach. Growing up and succeeding was not an option for me, it was the only choice I had. My parents had sacrificed so much for me to have the opportunity I had, so there has been pressure.
I didn’t get the handbook on how to navigate a new country, which itself was the biggest challenge I faced. I am grateful for amazing friends who have become family. They helped me in college and some are still here now.
Applying for a job was not as smooth a process as many would assume, even finding one with a student visa was challenging. The culture shock was a real thing! I’m still learning new things every day after being here since 2013. Understanding the system and what was available to me took a while.
I wasn’t eligible for the same opportunities as everyone else and I had to be aware of that.
The task of balancing many things at once is a tough job. Graduating, starting my career as a nurse, working through the pandemic, and starting a business have all been experiences that came with their own rough roads. The path I chose especially considering my personal journey made it more challenging yet exciting and I am grateful for my story.
God’s grace and gift for learning new skills/adapting is what helped me get through to where I am today
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a nurse. An Emergency Room nurse to be specific but I’ve worked in a few different fields.
I like to say, I grew up in the ER and it has definitely added some flavor to my personality! When I started in the ER, it was because I wanted to know a little bit about everything. There is no planning what your day will be like so you have to learn quickly, fast, and efficiently.
My proudest moment was a series of experiences that I became known for before I started travel nursing. The hospital had a Perinatal Bereavement Program and was trying to grow it. I volunteered to take the training and had no regrets!
Over time, I started becoming the “go-to person” in the department, especially on my shift. The support we were able to offer the people that needed this care was overwhelming and very fulfilling. I was proud to be part of such a service.
That was one of the reasons I took interest in starting a healthcare section of my consulting business. My ability to connect with people, see a gap and create a solution, sets me apart in everything I do. Part of my business is geared towards healthcare services and partnering with agencies that need answers/ideas to close gaps in our healthcare system.
My creativity makes it so much easier to see possibilities where others might not and I am grateful for that!
What do you like and dislike about the city?
I recently discovered the Monday nightlife in Atlanta and I must say I was impressed.
The best part about feeling like it’s a Friday on a Monday is I feel like I don’t miss out. Nurses don’t get to work a Monday to Friday job or regular hours. My weekend could be in the middle of the week after four 12hr shifts so I love that Atlanta is always hustling and bustling. I also love the diversity of the population here!
The one thing I dislike is TRAFFIC! Never give a time of arrival when you’re meeting up with friends lol. Honestly, I also like the fact that I can use traffic as an excuse to stay in on a “real Friday night”. Don’t tell my friends I said that
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