Peter Mwariri hopes to use his nursing degrees to better society at home and abroad


The College of Nursing will present Peter Mwariri with the Shirley A. Martin Distinguished Nurse Award, which recognizes a student who has demonstrated outstanding personal and professional growth. (Photo by August Jennewein)

In 2008, Mwariri immigrated to St. Louis and, influenced by his nurse uncle, enrolled in the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Nursing in 2017. Now, two years later, he is poised to graduate from the RN to BSN program with the Shirley A. Martin Distinguished Nurse Award, which is presented to a student who has demonstrated outstanding personal and professional growth, and an acceptance into UMSL’s DNP program. He hopes to use his advanced practice degree to help people both in the United States and in Kenya.

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