Dr. Mrs. Abigail Kusi-Amponsah Diji is a dynamic, hardworking and results-oriented general nurse and nurse educator at the Department of Nursing, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. She also doubles as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku-Finland and currently pursuing a fellowship programme with the International FAIMER (Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research) Institute.
Abigail obtained her doctorate in Nursing Science from the University of Turku, Finland and her masters in Advanced Nursing from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. She also obtained her bachelor’s in Nursing at KNUST and her postgraduate diploma in Education from the University of Education-Winneba (UEW) in Ghana. She is also a foundation fellow of the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives and an examiner for the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana.
Abigail has received a number of awards towards her education and grants for her research work and conference attendance. In the year 2020, she received a “Recognition Award” as an active international doctoral candidate in Honor of WHO Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku-Finland.
As an astute lecturer at the Department of Nursing-KNUST, Abigail facilitates the teaching and learning experiences of nursing and midwifery students as well as other students on various courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. From the time of her appointment in 2011 till date, she has supervised 67 undergraduate research projects and 110 patient-family care studies to a successful completion.
Her research interests include pain management, nursing education, maternal and child health, quality improvement, psychometric evaluation, qualitative-quantitative-mixed methods research, systematic reviews among others. Together with other researchers, she has currently published 23 peer-reviewed articles and presented 24 conference proceedings within and outside of Ghana. Abigail is a reviewer of eight reputable journals and an Associate Editor of the “Inspirer” magazine (hosted by WiSTEM-Ghana).
Abigail has served the university (KNUST), nation (Ghana) and the international community in various capacities on different engagements and committees. Key among these services are: Academic Tutor for nursing and midwifery students of the Department of Nursing-KNUST; Coordinator for the Elective Placement for nursing students of the University of Nottingham (UK) in Juaben-Ghana (2012); Coordinator for the Problem-based learning project between University of Nottingham, UK and KNUST, Ghana (2012-2013); Examination Officer (2012-2014); Internal Examiner for Postgraduate Thesis; Programme Coordinator for General Nursing (2014-2016); Student Ambassador for South-West Finland (2017-2020); Resource Person for the Virtual Education Abroad Nursing Program (2021); KNUST Moderator for Ministry of Health (MoH) Affiliated Nursing and Midwifery Training Institutions and some Private Universities; Curriculum Developer and Reviewer; Dissertation Supervisor for the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives (2020-2021); Mentor for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars for the 2021/22 academic year; Examiner and Invigilator for the Diploma Upgrade and Terminal Programmes for MoH affiliated training institutions in Ghana.
As a young, energetic and vibrant academic; Abigail contributes significantly to the activities of many professional bodies including FAIMER (Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research), Young Researcher’s Forum, Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (WiSTEM), International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), IASP Special Interest Groups on Pain in Childhood and Pain Education, Pain in Early Life (PEARL), Pain in Child Health (PICH), Nurse Educators’ Group (NEG), University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (UTAG), Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of Ghana, and the Ghana Registered Nurses’ and Midwives’ Association (GRNMA).
Dr. Mrs. Abigail Kusi-Amponsah Diji is also happily married to the best husband any woman can dream of, Dr. Francis Diji with two energetic, handsome and troublesome boys who never ceases to amaze her.