Itunu has always been committed to quality health care delivery. While in nursing school at Boston College, Itunu volunteered at the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program. During this experience, she learned the importance of assessing socioeconomic issues that may interfere with chronic and acute medical conditions. This inspired her to advance her education by going to graduate school to deliver and coordinate patient care. After graduating from Loyola University of New Orleans with a Master of Nursing, Itunu started her career as a nurse practitioner in corrections at The Department of Youth Rehabilitation based in Washington, DC. She encountered many adolescents who struggled with addiction, who had not received substance use counseling or rehabilitative services prior to entering the court system. Working with the adolescent population was rewarding and challenging, as their medical care, mental health, substance use, and social issues needed to be addressed in order to effectively deliver care.
While working in corrections, Itunu moonlighted at Psychiatric Institute of Washington as a nurse practitioner. During this time, she treated men, women, and adolescents ranging from 13-89 with co-occurring disorders.
The two professional experiences are what led Itunu to Phoenix House. At Phoenix House, Itunu is able to oversee care coordination for patients in all programs, as well as provide patient care. She works closely with staff physicians to give patients a physical examination upon admission, reconcile home medications, prescribe and refill medications when needed, and address all acute and chronic medical concerns.
In her own words: “It is an honor to work with staff who are truly committed to working with patients to become autonomous and substance free!”