Zeinab Alazri - Student Spotlight

Zeinab Alazri is a BSN to PhD student in UNMC’s College of Nursing.

Research/professional interests: My dissertation is about the factors associated with Omani schoolteachers' intention to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. When I was a student at the school, one of my classmates was physically abused by her father. She was telling us (her friends). She never tells any one of our teachers about what happens to her almost every day. Also, I dealt with few cases of sexual and physical abuse when I was working as RN. Dealing with these cases, make me interested to help them by all means possible.

Describe your nursing experience before starting the PhD program (if any). I have worked as a registered nurse in pediatric critical care and pediatric medical unit in Oman. I am also graduated as a PNP from the University of Colorado medical center.

What are your career goals? My goal is to help in the prevention and early identification of cases of child abuse and neglect. Also, my goal is to help provide more services for kids so they can reach their full potentials.

Why I chose a PhD in nursing: To achieve my goals, I need to be more qualified in research. When I was working as RN, I felt I am helping only a certain group of kids. Whereas with my PhD degree and research work, a larger group of kids can get the benefits of my work.

Why did you choose UNMC? It is a well-known university. It is also a very nice environment for international students.