MJHS Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Wins National Award for Patient Advocacy

Akunesokwu (Neso) Obiora has won the Community Advocacy Award Winner from POCN, the largest network of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician associates (PAs) in the country!

This quarterly award recognizes NPs/PAs for going above and beyond in their duties, with Neso chosen for her “unparalleled patient care and advocacy, inspiring career path and dedication to the advancement of the profession” as part of our community-based palliative care

Neso Obiora, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, ACHPN, started her career as a home health aide nearly two decades ago after immigrating from Nigeria. Driven by her passion for caring for patients, she returned to school to become a licensed practical nurse and registered nurse before earning her NP license. Building on her inspiring career path, Obiora joined MJHS in 2021 as an NP in our community-based palliative care program, traveling to the homes of patients who are living with an advanced or chronic illness across New York City and Long Island, NY, to help improve their quality of life.

POCN makes a donation to honor winners and their contributions to the community, with Neso choosing for it to go to the MJHS Foundation to further its mission of providing quality care, programs and services to at-risk New Yorkers.

Read more about Neso’s inspiring career, and her perspective from the frontline, in her interview with Nassau Illustrated.