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Benjamin Njoku, BSN, RN, CCRN

Benjamin Njoku, BSN, RN, CCRN

Assistant Director of Nursing
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln

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Excellence in Volunteerism and Service Award

Whether he is working in the Bronx or on a medical mission abroad, Benjamin Njoku takes a holistic and individualized approach to patient care that emphasizes physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.

“What distinguishes a competent nurse from a great one?” Njoku asks. “For me, it boils down to a blend of compassion, positivity, resourcefulness, and a can-do attitude. Compassion serves as my compass, guiding me to see beyond medical charts and diagnoses. Patients are individuals with rich narratives, and understanding their stories enables me to provide care tailored to their unique experiences and needs.’

Currently serving as Assistant Director of Nursing at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, Njoku has a long history of volunteering for medical missions to underserved communities, including traveling to Nepal, Brazil and Egypt during the course of his 11-year nursing career. He has found that collaboration is the backbone of effective healthcare in diverse settings.

“In my volunteering journey, the core principles of nursing excellence have been my compass; whether in Nepal or Brazil, I’ve consistently prioritized patient-centered care, ensuring my interventions are relevant by understanding each community’s unique customs and traditions.”
Benjamin Njoku, Assistant Director of Nursing

“Recognizing the constraints of working in impoverished areas, I’ve leveraged evidence-based practices to maximize impact with available resources,” he explains. “By partnering with local healthcare providers and community leaders, I ensured our efforts were synergistic and holistic. Effective communication has been vital, demanding both linguistic skills and cultural sensitivity to convey health education effectively.

“The essence of nursing extends beyond immediate care,” Njoku continues. “By embodying principles like cultural competence and advocacy, I’ve aimed to provide care that respects local beliefs while championing for sustained community support. Furthermore, my participation in the park revitalization, reflect a commitment to holistic health, recognizing that community spaces play a pivotal role in overall well-being.” 

Njoku says his natural inclination to care for others drew him to nursing. “Nursing wasn’t just a job; it was a calling to connect with and impact people’s lives,” he comments. “I prioritize open communication, active listening and genuine empathy. I aim for patients and their families to feel deeply cared for and valued, hoping they leave with a sense of trust, respect, and the knowledge that their well-being was paramount during their interactions with me.”

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