AACN Awards 2019 NIDA Award to Monjama Korngor

Published December 05, 2019

Congratulations Monjama Korngor on receiving the 2019 American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Substance Use Disorders Evidence-Based Practice Training Award.  The selection of your project Advancing Nurses’ Knowledge and Skills to Address Substance Use in an Ambulatory Care Center was chosen by the AACN Health Policy Advisory Council (HPAC).  

Monjama Korngor migrated to the United States of America in 1990 from Sierra Leone, West Africa, where she was an elementary school teacher and assistant administrator. While in the USA, Ms. Korngor’s professional interests moved toward the Nursing profession. Between 1998 and 2017, she obtained an Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, and two Master of Science degrees in Nursing. In August 2017, she was awarded national certification from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board as a Family Nurse Practitioner. 

Ms. Korngor is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Widener University and anticipates completion in May of 2020. She is employed by the Crozer Chester Medical Center in the acute medical detoxification and rehabilitation center for alcohol and drug dependence (First Steps) and is an adjunct professor of Nursing in the undergraduate program at Widener University. Prior to devoting her work to substance use disorder, she worked as a registered nurse on a telemetry unit for eighteen years. Ms. Korngor was awarded membership in Sigma Theta Tau International in 2016 and participated in Project IMPART (Improving Minority Professionals’ Access to Research Tracks ) while completing one of her master’s degrees at Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing (1998). 

Her evidence-based practice improvement project, entitled “Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependent Pregnant Women” seeks to improve the system of care for mothers and neonates and to impact Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome among the patients enrolled in the First Steps Center at Crozer Chester Medical Center.