Rita Axford 

Nursing professor Rita Axford travels to Cyprus with Fulbright grant

She lived in Mauritius, the Virgin Islands, Australia, Seattle and Denver. She worked in Vietnam, Hong Kong and Ethiopia. Next, Rita Axford will go to Cyprus on a Fulbright grant where she will teach public health nursing.

“I firmly believe health care is embedded in culture; if you miss that, you’ve got nothing to say,” said Axford. “We have much to learn from our neighbors around the globe and we have much to give.”

Her cross-cultural mentality is a good match for the Fulbright Program, which provides funding for educators from the United States to study or teach in other countries. Axford will begin teaching at the University of Nicosia inRita Axford Cyprus in January 2014. While there, she will also help her host university develop graduate curricula in clinical nursing.

Axford’s varied career in nursing took her places near and far before she landed at Regis. She worked as a critical care nurse, an informatician in health care and a researcher. She also volunteered two years as a teacher in the Peace Corps. Axford joined the Regis community in 1997 and has since served as a professor and assistant dean. She currently teaches part time and works with honors nursing students.

The Fulbright award, Axford said, is an opportunity to continue in her field of nursing, serving with and learning from other countries.

“I hope to bring back the idea to think bigger – both in terms of what you’re capable of and having it fit with what you love to do and want to do,” said Axford. “If it works with your career plan too, it can take you many places.”

Go places with a degree in nursing from Regis University.