Professor Prisca Olabisi Adejumo is the Head of Nursing Department, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She recently became a professor of nursing, having worked in the area of nursing education and later focused on various conditions of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Her journey into the nursing profession began in the year 1997, when she bagged her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from the Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. She took a step further and obtained her master’s degree in Medical Surgical Nursing in 1998.
Self-motivated Adejumo went in for another master’s degree in Medical Sociology, in the same university. Thereafter, she proceeded for her PhD in the same university and became a Doctor of Medical Sociology, in 2004.
Adejumo is a Fellow of the West African College of Nursing, a certified Wound Care nurse and a visiting scholar to the University of Chicago, University of Iowa and University of Pennsylvania, USA, at various times. She teaches Medical Surgical Nursing to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Ibadan. Her research interests include HIV/AIDS, Wound Care and Cancer Genetics, with current focus on cancer genetic counselling.
During the course of her work with PLWHA (people living with HIV/AIDS), she observed that they are susceptible to some chronic opportunistic conditions; this informed her decision to concentrate on two of these conditions. The first was chronic wounds, and later cancers generally.
Her love for these special areas spurred her to become a co-investigator and collaborator on a number of projects to establish the UCH Interdisciplinary Wound Care Team and the cancer risk clinic in UCH.
A scholar par excellence, Adejumo has got several publications in peer-reviewed journals and has attended several local, national and international conferences and scientific meetings with membership in learned societies. She has some awards to her credit also. These include:
Federal Government of Nigeria Scholarship Award (2001/2002); Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing, CODESRIA (Council for Development and Social Research in Africa) Award, Dakar, Senegal. (2003/ 2004); Mac Arthur Grant: Visiting Scholar (2005), University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, USA; West African Health Organization Fellowship Award. Dakar, Senegal (2008); International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course Scholarship, University of Stellebonsh, Capetown, South Africa sponsored by University of Toronto, Canada. (2010); Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nursing, INDEN and STTI Award, Iowa, USA (2011), and others.
She is happily married with children.