Scott County native, Graham follows his dream

Achievements and good standards are two entities that one may try to adhere to as life passes through time. For Maurice D. Graham he set his goals high and knew that the ladder to success would never end as long as he continued to work hard and set his standards high and achieve the dreams that he has pursued as he continues to climb the peripheral ladder of success.

Graham went to Forest High School during his freshmen, sophomore, and junior years. He then moved to Sebastopol where he lived with his dad, Gary Graham and graduated from Sebastopol High School.

Graham knew that he wanted to succeed in life and he wanted the brightest future possible. He knew that if he joined the military that that future may come to fruition.

He moved to Las Vegas with his mother Alma Jewel Reed before joining the military.

“The military was a great transition in my life,” Graham said. When Graham joined the Army he went in as enlisted and worked his way up the chain of command quickly becoming and E-7 Sergeant First Class.

Graham’s dream of becoming a nurse was close. He applied in 2004 for the Army Enlisted Commissioning Program, AECP.

After going through the commissioning program, Graham became a Second Lieutenant in the Army.

During his 22 years in the active duty military he had many memorable moments and, “It was an exciting career,” he said. Graham said that being able to achieve the many goals that he accomplished while in the Army has helped him through his entire career.

One goal that was very dear to him was having the opportunity to go to college and finish his degree. He graduated from Alcorn State University where he received his Bachelor in Nursing and later received his masters and became a Nurse Practitioner.

After spending 11 years as a nurse in the Army, Graham was transferred to Washington D.C. where he practiced at Walter Reed Hospital for five years.

He became the Director of Nursing for the Executive Medicine Department, “I had the great privilege of taking care of all the White House dignitaries, congressmen, and the vice president.

Graham also stated that being in Washington was a great experience being able to help and comfort the wounded that had been over seas.

After his tour in Washington was over he was sent to Korea. He became the Director of Nurses at the Stanley Troop Clinic. “When I returned home I had the opportunity of becoming the Nurse Case Manager for Wounded Warriors for 3 years,” Graham said.

When Graham retired out of the Army as a Senior Captain he continued to pursue his nursing career. He became the Nurse Practitioner for 30 schools in Prince George County in Maryland as the Health Service Manager.

Graham is now a Nurse Practitioner in the student Health Center at Howard University in Washington D.C.

Graham has been selected as a fellow for the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program.

“The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program — a one-year experience, is a partnership between Duke University School of Medicine, Duke University School of Nursing and Johnson & Johnson,” Graham said.

This program was created to provide leadership development for advanced practice nurses.  “Selected fellows start the program in April 2018 and will participate in three leadership retreats throughout the program year as well as distance-based learning activities and a transformative health leadership project,” Graham stated.

“The program will also provide each fellow with the leadership and management skills required to effectively address the needs of their communities — especially that of underserve populations — and to become change agents within their practice settings and the evolving health care environment.”

Graham continues to climb the ladder of success while he is currently completing his Doctorate in Nursing.

All the while, Graham works hard everyday, making a difference in peoples lives.

“Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others, which is both their greatest strength and fatal flaw,” Dr. Jean Watson, RN, Doctor, Author, and Professor.