Ngozi O. Nkongho, PhD, RN, CNE
Associate Director for Continued Compliance

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Ngozi Nkongho first received her diploma from the Good Samaritan Hospitalís School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon and subsequently obtained her baccalaureate, masterís and doctorate degrees in Nursing from New York University under the tutelage of Drs. Gean Mathwig and Martha Rogers. She has published many articles in peer reviewed journals and chapters for professional textbooks in her area of research expertise, family caregiving and the elderly. She then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Research on the care of older adults at Oregon Health Sciences University.

Prior to her appointment at the NLNAC in 2004, Dr. Nkongho was Chair of the Nursing Department at Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY). She successfully led the baccalaureate and masterís programs through two accreditation cycles and incorporated displaced faculty and students from a closed nursing program into her department. In addition to her administrative and teaching duties, Dr. Nkongho was the Chair of the Pluralism and Diversity Committee, a college-wide committee that developed extracurricular programs to promote pluralism and diversity.

Dr. Nkonghoís involvement in nursing research, clinical, education and community activities is both broad and varied. Her research on caregiving for older adults led her to develop the Caring Ability Inventory, which has been translated into several languages, and is used by students, educators, researchers and health care professionals alike. Her clinical activities include working with families caring for older adults in home settings. She also serves as a community volunteer, counseling families who have experienced violence in their relationships.

In the two years since she has been at the NLNAC, Dr. Nkongho has taken an active role in developing the organizationís Candidacy Program which actively mentors nursing programs seeking initial accreditation and those completing mandatory Follow-Up Reports. She also trains other nursing professionals and educators in NLNAC standards during the annual Self Ė Study and Program Evaluator Forums. She also serves as the staff liaison for the Board of Commissionersí subcommittee on Standards and Criteria.

Dr. Nkongho is a member of two honor societies: Sigma Theta Tau (nursing) and Kappa Delta Pi (education). She is also a member of many professional organizations including the International Council of Nurses and the Coalition of African Nurses, of which she is the founder and President.