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Pearline Okumakpeyi

Professor Pearline Okumakpeyi is an associate professor in the Department of Nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Hunter College, City University of New York and Masters of Arts in Nursing Education and Masters of Education, Professorial Role degrees from Teachers College Columbia University. She maintains licensure as a Registered Nurse and Registered Nurse Tutor in the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the level of Senior Nursing Officer, education.

Prof. Okumakpeyi has taught nursing at the post basic level at the National Technical Teachers College (Lagos Nigeria), at Borough of Manhattan Community College and served as a clinical consultant for Regents College External Degree Nursing Program, SUNY. Her area of clinical expertise is pediatrics. She also has years of experience in community health nursing and long term care.

Academic and Professional Rewards

  • Helene Fuld Trust Grant - Curriculum and Faculty Development Grant on Community based care - project director
  • Evidence bases Practice grant - Incorporating evidence based practice in the classroom and in the field. Teaching human service and nursing students to use evidence to inform practice - Co PI
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Mu Upsilon Chapter excellence in Mentorship Award - 2005
  • Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Omega Chi Chapter Service Award - 2007


  • Cavendish, R., Konecny, L., Naradovy,L., Luise, B.,Como, J., Okumakpeyi, P., Mitzeliotis, C., Lanza, M. (2006). Patient's perceptions of spirituality and the nurse as a spiritual care provider. Holistic Nursing Practice, 20(1),41 - 47.

Prof. Okumakpeyi has been an active member of several professional organizations. She is a member of the Chi Eta Phi Nursing sorority, Omega Chi Chapter where she has held various appointed and elected offices and serves on local and regional committees. This alliance has provided a means of giving back to the community through outreach, health promotion and disease prevention programs.

Prof. Okumakpeyi currently serves as the coordinator of the second semester nursing course Caring for Clients with Common Alteration in Functional Needs on the associate degree level. She teaches the theory clinical and aspect of the course. She is also the coordinator for the Physical Assessment course on the baccalaureate level. She serves as the faculty advisor for the NUTRIX student nurses club and on numerous departmental and college committees. Prof. Okumakpeyi believes that the most rewarding aspect of her teaching career is observing her novice students progress to alumni and expert nursing practitioners.

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