Meet Shaneke Pryce, MSN, ACNPC-AG, FNP-C, CCRN
Committed to improving our healthcare policy
Nurse practitioner Shaneke Pryce is working towards fulfilling her dream of enhancing our healthcare policy. To rise to the occasion, Pryce completed a Master’s in Nursing and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing and healthcare policy.
“My advice to anyone wanting to pursue studies in nursing and healthcare policy would be to go for it. The world needs change agents to advocate for individuals. As one of the largest groups in healthcare, nurses have the numbers to produce and affect change,” says Pryce.
Committed to making a difference, Pryce is practicing physician-level care while bringing a comprehensive perspective and personal touch to her patients. It was great to chat with Pryce about her reasons for pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing and healthcare policy, balancing her studies with other commitments, and dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I work as a nurse practitioner in the Anesthesia Department at NYU Langone, mainly in the PACU setting. I have thirteen years of nursing experience with a clinical background in the Neurosurgical ICU; six of those years as a nurse practitioner. I am a board-certified nurse practitioner in Acute Care and Family Health. I completed my Master’s in Nursing at Molloy College and Post Master’s Certificate at the University of Pennsylvania. I also have a degree in Human Biology, which I received from the State University of New York at Albany.
I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing and health care policy at Molloy College. My dissertation research focuses on developing a standardized screening tool for human trafficking victim identification by the health care provider.
My goal is to empower all staff members in the health care setting from intake until discharge. I have hopes of one day working for a federal agency so that I can be instrumental in policies that improve healthcare in this country and abroad, especially healthcare disparities among immigrant populations.
The biggest challenge I have had to overcome is time management in balancing work, school, and personal life. Although I love to procrastinate and put things off, I have found that making a to-do list and checklist is most beneficial. I set goals for the day and try my best to accomplish them. I find that it is best to be realistic and not overwhelm myself.
THE EFFECTS OF COVID-19
As for many healthcare providers, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape in how we provide care and view infectious diseases. At the beginning of the pandemic, we saw surgeries cease and the entire hospital becoming COVID-19 wards.
This virus spread across the globe infecting millions in a matter of months. It is very important for everyone to stay the course, continue social distancing, and take precautionary measures.