Professor Joseph Oyeniyi Aino is one of the resource persons whose global exposure and intellectual substance will help facilitate the success of the forthcoming international Leadership Nursing Conference. We are glad to introduce him to the African Nursing Community ahead of this historic event.
Professor Joseph Oyeniyi Aina was born at Otun Ekiti, in Moba Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Nigeria. He had his elementary education between 1952 and 1959 and his secondary education between 1960 and 1962. His basic nursing training was at the Seventh-Day Adventist Hospital’s School of Nursing Ile Ife, between 1963 and 1966. He attended Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, for one semester in 1970 and transferred to the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1973. His Master of Science degree in Nursing was from Hunter College, City University of New York in 1975 and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration was at the New York University in 1983. By this he experienced the three higher education systems in the state of New York, that is the SUNY, CUNY and PUNY, namely the State University of New York, the City University of New York and the Private Universities of New York systems.
Professor Joseph Oyeniyi Aina’s first job as a nurse was at Saint Louis Combined Hospital, Owo in the present Ondo State. He worked there until 1969 when fate took him to Greenpoint Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. This was where he was when he sat and passed the High School Equivalency Certificate Examination of the State of New York that allowed him to go to university. He also worked in several other hospitals in New York City and Long Island before, during and after his university education. He returned to Nigeria and took up appointment at the Department of Nursing University of Ibadan, as an Assistant lecturer in 1976 following his Master’s degree, where he rose to the rank of Senior Lecturer before returning to the United States mostly due to prompting from the children as a result of incessant strikes in the Nigerian university system.
He is presently a Professor of Nursing at Babcock University’s School of Nursing and an Emeritus Professor of Nursing at Western Connecticut State University, Danbury Connecticut in the United States where he was teaching until he retired in December of 2010 to return to Nigeria. He is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatric-mental health nursing, a member of many psychiatric-mental health nursing organizations both locally and internationally. He has taught psychiatric-mental health nursing at both graduate and post graduate in the three universities where he has worked. He has also taught nursing administration and nursing research to both undergraduate and post graduate students. He has to his credit many publications on his research activities and other academic pursuits. His publications include a monogram, chapters in books, referred conference proceedings and a book on nursing research in its second edition.
He is active in both the university and the community whether at University of Ibadan, Babcock University or at Western Connecticut State University, serving on a number of departmental and university committees and on Boards of Directors of non-profit and community organizations. He serves as a member of accreditation teams for both the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and the National Universities Commission. He has served as external examiner to many universities locally and internationally including universities in the United States, South Africa and Ghana. He is a foundation Fellow of the West African College of Nursing where he held such offices as Hon. Treasurer for two years and also, Secretary to the Faculty of Mental Health for another two years.
He holds membership in many other professional organizations including Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing and was part of a two-man delegation in 2002 that was instrumental in bringing Africa into the fold of this global organization. In 2009, during his Sabbatical leave here at Babcock, he began the only chapter of STTI so far in Nigeria to Babcock University. Today, through this singular effort many Nigerian universities now have members in this honor society that houses the top 35% of all nurses in the world. He has been very active both locally and internationally in these organizations. He and his wife celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on June 12, 2017. They are blessed with five wonderful children and many grandchildren. Professor Joseph Oyeniyi Aina is a Christian of the Adventist faith.