Meet our students: Rubee Dev

Meet our students: Rubee Dev

Hometown: Biratnagar, Nepal

Year/Program: 3rd year/PhD in Nursing Science

Rubee Dev

Research/Areas of Interest: Maternal & Child Health, Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health, Family Planning

Scholarship Recipient? If so, which scholarship? Yes, Global Opportunity (GO) Health Fellowship, Hester McLaws Nursing Scholarship, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Research Grant, Hegyvary Citizens of the World Endowed Fund

Why did you choose nursing? Eye witnessing of someone leaving this world because of lack of proper health care management and untimely care shook my inner conscience and made me think about the field through which I could enhance the health of the people. I chose nursing because I wanted to help people who are still fighting for the basic health care needs.

What has been an unforgettable experience during your time at Nursing? I have countless unforgettable experiences during my time at Nursing. The most remarkable one is the support that I received from each and every member of the nursing family at every stage of my nursing time. I feel uniquely blessed to have an academic advisor who has invested her dedicated mentorship in my success. Over the last three years, I have been privileged to work as a Teaching Assistant for a wide variety of classes under the supervision of highly encouraging faculty mentors. With each given opportunity, I have been able to develop a relationship with my mentors that I would cherish forever. Also, as a TA I have enjoyed being with students and being able to mentor (the job that I like the most). I constantly learned from the hardship of students that further motivated me to work harder. Finally, my time at nursing introduced me to one of the best cohorts of PhD students who are my friends now. I am truly blessed to find my lifetime friends.

How has your experience at nursing helped you with your career trajectory?  As a PhD nursing scholar, I got an opportunity to carry out my doctoral research at one of the leading nursing institutes under the mentorship of faculty members expert in advancing nursing science. The knowledge and skills that I have gained here have helped me gain deeper insights in my areas of research interest, which in the future would help me advance my research career.

What will you be doing abroad this summer? I will participate in the World Health Organization (WHO) internship for this summer. My internship at the WHO will span for eight weeks. The principal focus of my internship will involve building the evidence base on adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) that will support countries to translate the evidence into action through well-conceived and well-managed policies and programs.

Anything else you would like to share? The nursing program at the UW School of Nursing (SoN) has given me an opportunity to grow personally and professionally, which I had not even dreamed of. For the rest of my career, I would work towards advancing nursing science and becoming a better representative of the UW SoN wherever I go.