Ifeyinwa Adams Boro is the type of person who goes for what she wants in every direct manner possible. And no, she is never aggressive in the way she goes about it.
She is calm, sweet and pushes her way through life the way a bee makes honey – just by sheer natural instincts and with an appreciation for all things that radiate unique qualities.
In other words she is drawn to aspects of life that reflect her inner self.
Iffy is a gentle, caring soul and realised along her journey of life that she was called to take care of people in need, people who require attention, people who were in distress.
Iffy has natural mothering instincts. It gives her deep satisfaction to be of service to humanity in this way and so she decided to become a nurse.
This is Iffy’s story and this is how she evolved to become a nurse practitioner with a
B.Sc (Geography), BSN (Nursing) and Masters in nursing, FNP-BC.
NEKITA: Who are you?
IFFY: I am that woman, who is approachable, determined and a go getter.
NEKITA: Describe yourself in two words.
IFFY: Loyal and reliable
NEKITA: What’s your best quality?
NEKITA: What’s your worst quality?
IFFY: I have this need to address any injustice, be it towards me or others. I feel the world has suddenly become too cruel.
NEKITA: How did your career take off?
IFFY: Honestly, having read Geography and worked with Alcatel for a while, I had the opportunity to go to the UK and decided to stay in the UK. I knew what I did at Alcatel would be very difficult to get into in the UK, so I needed a different career path and nursing was what attracted me. It was easy for me, because I have always had this compassion, that some would consider a form of naivety, but having eased through nursing school, and graduated with my second degree and a different career path, I found that I really enjoyed it.
NEKITA: What inspired you to become a nurse in the first place?
IFFY: Survival, might really be the honest answer. But before I enrolled into nursing school, I tested myself to see if I had the compassion it takes to take care of others regardless of gratefulness or otherwise, I did this by being a healthcare assistant (regardless of my previous degree – ‘A clinical tech’ like it’s called in the US) for a while. During this period I had a constant feeling of joy whenever went off to work. This made me realize that I really felt fulfilled whenever I helped others. This became my inspiration to becoming a nurse.
NEKITA: Why did you leave nursing in London to go to America?
IFFY: I have this strong conviction that adventure is the key to renewing life, so I had always believed that after my stint in the UK, I would explore what healthcare in other countries looked like, hence my determination to move to the US, and boy! It was an adventure, both positive and negative. The possibility of growth in the profession in America is very uplifting.
NEKITA: What do you do, and what do you hope to be doing in the next 5 years?
IFFY: I recently became a nurse practitioner and i was a registered nurse for 10yrs. In the next 5 years, other than enjoying all the milestones my children will experience, I hope to have my own established care home or practice.
NEKITA: What has been your major career milestone?
IFFY: My major career milestone, is actually attaining the pathway into becoming a nurse practitioner – a pathway, I thought of immediately after my nursing qualification in the UK!
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) with advanced training in diagnosing and treating illness. Nurse Practitioners prescribe medications, treat illness, and administer physical exams. NPs differ from physicians in that they focus on prevention, wellness, and education.
NEKITA: What has been the most trying obstacle that you’ve overcome in life, and how did you overcome this?
IFFY: I have overcome a lot of obstacles in life, but the most trying for me, was that obstacle which almost extinguished by best quality. The battle not to lose the belief in myself and my ability was very trying, and this I experienced when I moved to America. I realised that the society is shrouded with the ability to strip a man off of his/her self-esteem, if allowed. In overcoming it, I engaged myself in educating and improving myself. For every belittling situation I faced, I achieved one more greater thing more than those that sought to belittle.
NEKITA: What advice do you have for others who’d like to practice nursing and achieve your accomplishments?
IFFY: Though realistically, you can never get to the sky, yet the imaginable sky is the limit. You just have to be ready to work hard and tune out all the negative thoughts and noises.
NEKITA: Which female inspires you the most?
IFFY: I could name a lot of the contemporary ones. But, I have always believed that anyone who can succeed in a worthwhile endeavour without the resources and amidst great adversity is the kind of person who must have been born with the bravest of hearts. And for me that person is Harriet Tubman.
NEKITA: What is the greatest lesson you’ve learnt in life?
IFFY: That there are always people who are going to believe they are better than you, and some that you believe you are better than. Our greatest unconscious compliment to one another is to develop a comparative nature of those that greatly test who we truly aspire to be.
NEKITA: What has been your biggest accomplishment in life?
IFFY: Have you seen my babies? They are by far my biggest accomplishments. Even more so – their arrival at a late age for me.
NEKITA: Tell us a bit about the man who is blessed with the Extraordinary Woman that you are.
IFFY: Sure. My hubby is the fifth child in the house (and I say this in a cute, loving way), yet he has a good soul.
He is technologically savvy, so we just leave all the technology to him. Lol.
He is blessed with a brilliant mind.
Here is a photo of my precious one, my kids and my step kids below.
NEKITA: So how do you juggle career, the hard work involved in attaining your masters, and taking care of a home?
IFFY: Someone, once said I was supermom, but I think all moms have super powers. Mine is just being in my element when there are things to do or problems to solve. So for me juggling career and family amidst the other hundred little day to day chores is how I do it. I am in my element when I have problems to solve, and even more when I resolve them….
NEKITA: Everyone has a sense of fashion and personal style. What’s yours?
IFFY: Simple and classy works for me.
NEKITA: What is unique about you?
IFFY: Bluntness: needless to say, it has gotten me into some unfavourable situations.
NEKITA: There is another deep and artistic side of you that some people don’t know of. I found one of your poems on the ‘Poem hunter’ website the other day.
IFFY: Yes! It’s no secret. I love to write poetry. It’s a passion of mine that I’ve had since I was a little girl way back in secondary school. All my close friends know that I write poetry.
NEKITA: That’s very interesting. Should we expect an anthology of poems by you anytime soon?
IFFY: Who knows? It just might be in the works. Look out guys. I used to have a poetry website where I publish all of my poems and I plan on re-launching the website soon again.
NEKITA: Tell us a secret about yourself that no other person knows.
IFFY: Mmm. I think that most secrets should remain secret for a reason.
NEKITA: Tell us in two sentences what you think of sex, love and marriage.
IFFY: At the end of life, sex is overrated. Love and marriage are important.
NEKITA: Which movie has inspired you the most?
IFFY: “My left foot”, with Daniel Day Lewis. It’s a story about a paraplegic and of miracles. I have always believed in the power of grit and determination, no matter the obstacles. Time is often always insignificant if there is still life and breath.
NEKITA: Which popular personality inspires you the most?
IFFY: I would say Viola Davis. She inspires me in the sense that regardless of where you come from, how people may view you in life, in your career path, or atheistically, that you will get there no matter what.
NEKITA: What’s your life slogan?
IFFY: Live and let live.
NEKITA: If you had the power to change the world in one way, what would you do?
IFFY: I will create a world that’s meant only for bullies, where they can out bully themselves.
“Hate what you do to people, love
You invite them in, but let them go in the winter
Shame on you; love.
I have conquered you love, yes! I have..
I love being in love, I love what love does to me
I love the hate I have for love… I love you, love.”
- Poetry by Iffy Adams.