Mrs Dorcas Olukemi Shonibare is the director of nursing services (DNS) Lagos State Ministry of Health (LSMOH).
Born over 50 years ago in Ijeshatedo, Lagos Mainland, she had both her elementary and secondary education in Surulere, Lagos.
Her passion for nursing took her out of Lagos to the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, where she enrolled for the Diploma in Nursing programme, and soon became a Registered Nurse. Thereafter, she attended the Lagos State School of Midwifery Ikoyi and graduated as a qualified midwife.
Not done with her thirst for knowledge and expertise, a focused and diligent Shonibare soon returned to the University of Ibadan for a bachelor’s degree in Nursing Education and, later, a master’s degree in Nursing.
Shonibare commenced her nursing career as a staff nurse in private hospitals in Lagos. Not long, however, her dedication and commitment earned her an employment in the Lagos State civil service. She became a clinical instructor of nursing and midwifery students in 1995 under different administrations. She was privileged to work with three Directors of Nursing Services in Lagos State Ministry of Health.
The rare opportunity of working with three directors enhanced her gleaning of qualitative knowledge, which propelled her rising through the ranks, from staff nurse/midwife, to clinical instructor, to deputy head of school, Lagos State School of Midwifery, to head of school, Lagos State School of Midwifery to assistant director of nursing, LSMOH, and now director, nursing services, LSMOH.
The Lagos State DNS is an adept at coordinating nursing issues at tertiary, secondary, and primary healthcare levels, as well as in educational and industrial nursing experience. A highly motivated team player, with a strong and charismatic personality, Shonibare has got over 10 awards and over 45 presentations at seminars, workshops and conferences to her merit.
She is happily married and blessed with children.