HAMPTON, Va. (November 5, 2018) – Hampton University alumna, Monique Doughty (’10), visited campus during Homecoming weekend to deliver a powerful keynote speech to students interested in the nursing profession where she held a question and answer session, and provided giveaways such as medical apparel and stethoscopes.
“It is delightful to have our alumni step back onto their ‘Home by the Sea.’ I believe that life is a game of choice, not chance. Ms. Doughty has chosen to succeed, and we love seeing our students flourish in life,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
Doughty, also known as “Nurse Mo” or The Resilient Nurse, is a critical care nurse from Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from Hampton University in 2010, she started her nursing career at the #1 Level Trauma Center in Atlanta and began working in Intensive Care. After that, Doughty began travel nursing and has traveled to many states working at top institutions in the country in various aspects of critical care including Cardiac Intensive Care, Liver Transplant Intensive Care, and Neurosurgical Critical Care.
Nurse Mo began blogging a few years ago and now has a social media network of over 162,000 followers, primarily women. Her purpose is to “motivate, uplift and empower women to remove limiting beliefs, particularly those of color,” Doughty said. “My voice is to encourage my audience, regardless of where they come from, and let them know that their possibilities are limitless. I encourage those facing adversity to use my speech as a stepping stone to be resilient.”
The purpose of her speaking engagements is to provide women and listeners with the tools they need to see the world. Doughty wants to uplift and encourages her audience to choose faith over fear.
“To come back somewhere you left over eight years ago and still have a presence is really phenomenal, which shows you how strong our network truly is here at HU, so it’s an honor,” said Doughty. She has great advice for students. “Stop making excuses and be excellent. Believe in yourself and if you don’t believe in yourself yet, brainwash yourself into thinking you’re amazing, you’re phenomenal, you can do it and that takes a lot of work. It’s reading, positive materials, course work, praying or meditating, whatever your choice is, and really making an active decision that you’re going to accomplish whatever you want to because thousands of people do every day and you’re just as special.”
In an interview with Ms. Twanda Gainer, Assistant Professor, Hampton University School of Nursing, she was asked about how the idea of having Nurse Mo participate in the homecoming activities came about. Ms. Gainer said, "recently, as I was instructing a class in Fundamentals, the students asked me if I knew anything about Nurse Mo. My response was no, who is she? The students were so enthusiastic as they spoke of Nurse Mo, it prompted me to research this individual using the social media approach. As we were reminded during the Faculty Institute, we need to begin to bridge the gap between generations in our approach to education. As the result of my research, I discovered that Nurse Mo was a Hampton graduate who was gaining attention on a local, state, national and international level. I felt it would be inspiring and motivational for our Hampton University nursing students to have an opportunity to interact with Nurse Mo. I contacted Nurse Mo and invited her to return to her “Home by the Sea” and she was delighted to do so. The students were quite impressed with the achievements of Nurse Mo and were very receptive to the advice she gave them. Nurse Mo gave them some insight to the potential they possess as they enter into the profession of nursing. Nurse Mo’s visit brought to light the need for faculty to be open to the ideas of the next generation in regards to what motivates and influences them. I believe that social media is a big part of that."
To learn more about Monique Doughty’s future speaking engagements, go to https://theresilientnurse.com or you can follow her on Instagram @Iamnursemo and @theresilientnurse.