An accomplished professional, Tia Agboruche is set to graduate with her cohort in December 2021. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Michigan State University in 2014 and quickly secured a position as a Cardiothoracic ICU Registered Nurse at the Detroit Medical Center.

A year later, she began a stint as an ICU Travel Nurse first for Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, and then for the University of Michigan Health System and finally the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Tia married her husband at that time and “that stopped all my travels” she says with a laugh. During her time at UPMC, Tia was a charge nurse and served on the stroke and pain management teams in the Medical Surgical ICU.

Inspired to become a nurse by her late grandmother, Tia remembers as a young child caring for her “granny” as she struggled with pancreatic cancer. “She always referred to me as ‘my little nurse.’” Having successfully achieved her professional goal, Tia began exploring advanced practice nursing and determined that becoming a nurse anesthetist best fit her personality. “As CRNAs, we still have that nurturing nursing role and get to be there with the patient.”

She is thankful to her husband Gabriel for his support throughout her time as a Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist and credits her success in nursing to her parents Louie and Lareeda Sharp. Tia’s remarkable “go for it” attitude comes from her mother and late father who passed away earlier this year. “My parents were instrumental in pushing me and growing me to the person I am. They’re the reason I am here today.”

After graduation, Tia wants to work at a Level 1 trauma center or hospital where she “can get a maximum amount of experience. I want to get that all-encompassing experience for a couple of years before pursuing my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and eventually teach to continue the profession. There is a shortage of teachers. It’s important to carry on that legacy because somebody taught me.”

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