Adzovi Takpah: ‘A patient is like my family’
Adzovi Takpah had a personal reason to pursue nursing.
“I chose to become a nurse because my mom was sick with breast cancer,” says Takpah, RN, BSN, who works in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery. “I was drawn by how my mom’s nurse took care of her and also took care of all of us as a family.”
Takpah has remained in nursing for family reasons too. Her father had suffered a stroke and later died from it. His death inspired her to learn more about stroke care.
It was her dream to study at the University of Iowa, where she recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
“For me, it’s personal,” she says. “A patient is like my family. Every patient is special to me.”
Provider praises patient care
Among her many patients, Takpah recently cared for a health care professional.
“After a long surgery, Takpah assured me I was going to be fine, explained everything to me, and even picked up an extra shift to continue providing care for me,” says the patient. “I’ve been in health care for 30 plus years, and I place her skills at the top with senior nurses I know.”
Takpah feels honored to care for patients.
“It was a privilege to care for patients,” she says. “I feel joy and hope seeing my patients get better.”
A bright future
Takpah’s next goal is to seek certification as a Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN) or Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN).
“I want to learn more and gain more knowledge to better care for my patients,” she says.
In the meantime, she’ll continue providing compassionate care, with help from her team.
“I’m grateful for all my co-workers, my manager, and assistant managers for all their help,” she says. “I’m grateful for all the work we do at UI Health Care. I’m happy for all our patients.”