Vision: To build a global community of resource centers that serve 100,000 future nurses in need of Mentoring, Awareness and Scholarships (más) and to be the change agent to increase the nursing workforce.
Mission: The Nurses Pub Mission is to provide charitable, compassionate services and resources to underserved student populations who need cultural capital and seek a pathway for professional and economic development through “The Art of Nursing."
Executive Director (Founder)
Mona Clayton, MSN, RN was a single parent during nursing school and she felt the need to give back to help others with challenges that were faced while embarking on a nursing career. Her passion for helping single mothers prompted her desire to develop programs useful to build future nurses; in particular single mothers
from disadvantaged communities.
Mona received her Associate of Science in nursing degree from Los Angeles Southwest College, a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from the University of Phoenix and completed the Master’s degree in Nursing Education at Grand Canyon University. She also acquired undergraduate studies in journalism and pharmacology, ultimately to complete the MBA.
In 2018, she began the outreach campaign, the (#future100k), aiming to recruit 100,000 single mothers to the profession of nursing and the development of The Nurses Pub non-profit organization. The campaign has expanded from passionate students and single mothers living in the United States to students in Africa, Asia, and most recently the Philippines.
She is the author of "From Student to Nurse: Surviving the Journey as Painlessly as Possible," "The Survival Journal for Nursing Students," and "The Bedside Report: The 5 W's That Can Put an Ache in Your Successful Nursing Career" e-book.
Nurse Mona's achievements for working to build the nursing community are: Recipient of "Nurse of the Year" for Los Angeles County Healthcare System; "Mayor's
Recognition Award;" "Mayor's Commendation Recognition Award;"
"National Super Phoenix" for the University of Phoenix Organization.
A Finalist for the Health Care Leadership Award by the "Los Angeles Business Journal," "Distinguished Alumni Award" for University of Phoenix Southern California (Selected 1 of 12 out of 92,000) alumni in 2017 and in 2018, nominated for the "Leadership Impact Award," the (Top 3) alumni from University of Phoenix Southern California and the "Love Inspiration of the Year Award" for 2019.
A registered nurse for over 25 years, Mona's experience includes: Medical-Surgical, Telemetry, Intensive Care, Labor and Delivery, Urgent Care, Travel Nursing and Home Based Telephonic Nursing and Nurse Educator in the Los Angeles area.
Mona currently operates as the CEO of The Nurses Pub and as a partner with the California Department of Public Health where she oversees COVID testing for individuals experiencing homelessness and the underserved population.
Eboni Pace, BS, MS has over 10 years of a well-developed skill set for marketing, executive leadership, research, and global expansion. Eboni is highly acclimated working with clients in corporate America and utilizes her skills and talents to bring elite organizational leadership to the forefront.
Her persona, creative ability, and superior communication skills within diverse settings are what makes Ms. Pace a dynamic mover and shaker in the business industry.
Ms. Pace is a graduate from Pratt University in New York with a masters degree in Dance Movement Therapy and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from California State University Long Beach as well as undergraduate studies in economics and accounting.
She enjoys traveling the world and going to theatrical performances.
Elly Schoen, BA, MS has nearly a decade of experience in managing projects and committees. She currently serves as the Data & Project Manager at the University of Southern California Price Center for Social Innovation.
Elly oversees a diverse portfolio of work including a research network that produces evidence-based solutions to ending homelessness and a data democratization project that empowers local community-based organizations to incorporate data in their work for social and systems change.
She moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to pursue her Master’s in Public Policy at University of Southern California (USC).
Prior to that, Elly lived in New Orleans and worked with several “start up” organizations with missions to preserve the unique culture of the city.
Elly received her BA from Tulane University in New Orleans
in Political Economy and History.
She enjoys live music, a good book, traveling and park sitting.
Shanna Jackson began her healthcare career as a medical assistant in 2002 at Kaiser Permanente at 18 years of age and presently continues her employment with the organization.
With a desire to continue her journey to becoming a nurse, she continued her education and graduated in 2005 as an IV certified Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).
In 2009 Shanna later graduated from
West Coast University's LVN to RN program, obtaining her Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN). In 2013 she graduated again from West Coast University's ADN to Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. With a passion for the nursing field, Shanna graduated from West Coast University's post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner program on 12/23/18.
She successfully passed the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) national certification examination on 1/10/2019. Shanna's nursing experience includes acute care, outpatient care, home health, hospice and palliative care, and urgent care.
To continue her progression within the nursing field, with a desire to influence change and reduce health care disparities, Shanna is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing (DNP) degree at California Baptist University and will graduate in August 2021.
Her project focuses on improving hypertension management within the African American population through a culturally tailored hypertension education program.
Shanna Jackson also holds certifications as a Public Health Nurse (PHN) and Certified Hypertension Clinician (CHC). Shanna is a member of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners (CANP), AANP, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and a professional member of the American Heart Association.
In addition to working at Kaiser Permanente in the Family Medicine department, Shanna also works at a physician-owned urgent care facility in Moreno Valley, CA.
Marketing and Public Relations
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Organizational Behavior and Media Communications,
I began a career in banking. After deciding that Pittsburgh was not where I wanted to continue my career, I moved to Southern California and started working in the advertising field. Eventually,
I started my own sales and marketing consulting business.
While working with my clients, I was approached by a representative of Argosy University to apply for its Business Development Representative Position in Orange County, California and that began my love of Higher Education. I was with Argosy University for a little more than a year before they reorganized and eliminated my position.
Still, I was proud to earn my master’s in organizational leadership from Argosy University.
I was a Senior Healthcare Development Specialist for 8 years at Chamberlain University and then served for 3 years as a Corporate Account Executive at University of Phoenix.
Now I am an Executive Account Manager for MedCerts. I am married to my best friend, Mark, and we have one son, Max.
Dr. Levi Harrison earned his medical degree at The University of California at Davis, School of Medicine and completed fellowship at the internationally renowned Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery residency in Los Angeles where he now resides and evaluates patients. His practice is a center of excellence for sports related upper extremity and shoulder injuries as well as hand rehabilitation.
He has a specialization in hand and wrist trauma and fracture care. He also provides exceptional care in the areas of repetitive stress injury (RSI), work-related injuries, athletic injuries, and aesthetic, restorative hand function procedures.
This particular specialization makes his practice one of California’s premiere orthopedic centers, which serves individuals from a multitude of professions including elite athletes, police officers, firefighters, professional eSports athletes, celebrities, technology specialists, musicians and more.
While providing patients with his Orthopedic expertise, Dr. Levi also provides patients with dynamic weight loss, nutrition and fitness strategies, which is uniquely catered to each patient’s circumstances and health history. He has also transferred this knowledge to his comprehensive health and fitness book, “The Art of Fitness: A Journey to Self Enhancement.”
Dr. Levi also provides his expertise to a multitude of media outlets and non-profit organizations. In 2015, Dr. Levi served as the Medical Director of Healthy Athletes at the Special Olympics World Games LA 2015, providing medical oversight to over 6,500 Special Olympics athletes from across the globe.
His volunteerism and involvement with the Special Olympics World Games LA2015 led to Dr. Levi’s appointment as a board member for West Coast University, one of California’s premier schools for medical professionals.
He also garnered the nomination, and was awarded the “People of Distinction Humanitarian Award”, which was presented on Capitol Hill.
He has also appeared as a medical authority on The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, Fox TV, Studio 11 LA and the KTLA Morning News. Dr. Levi has also been featured in multiple gaming communities including: Yahoo Games, Kotaku, Geek & Sundry, Vice’s Motherboard, Machinima, IGN XM Radio and countless others for his groundbreaking work in preventing repetitive stress injury in the competitive eSports community.
His innovative stretches, strengthening and rehabilitative techniques for repetitive stress and sports injuries can be found on his YouTube Channel @DrLeviharrison, where he has accrued millions of views and thousands of subscribers.
In his own words, Dr. Levi says, “My mission is to heal, restore and rejuvenate with compassion and integrity. I am grateful to provide clinical and surgical excellence to support my patients as they return to an improved quality of life. “
Student Advocacy Liason
Wanda Morris, Ed.D, MN, CNS, RN has worked as a registered nurse for over four decades after graduating from Compton Community College Associate Degree Nursing program in 1977.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills (1988), a master’s degree in nursing from UCLA (192) and a doctorate degree in educational leadership, higher education from Argosy University (2015).
Dr. Morris began her employment as a nurse at LA County Harbor UCLA Medical Center on the Pediatric units, transferring to Labor & Delivery, Special Care Nursery Post-Partum Emergency Room, Home Health, and Home Health Hospice and finally assumed the role of Supervising Staffing Coordinator.
In 1993 Dr. Morris started working part time as an educator at Compton College and six month later she shifted into the educator role full time alongside her full-time job at the hospital. In 996 after 18 years in the health care system. Dr. Morris refocused her full-time career in the academia world.
Dr. Morris served in the role of professor of nursing at Compton Community College, where she played a pivotal role in strengthening the nursing workforce, serving as a role model, providing the leadership and guidance toward evidence-based practice. In her faculty role she served as Academic Senate President for 6 years (local) and statewide as Academic Senate as Area C representative and faculty at large. While serving on statewide Academic Senate, Dr. Morris had the opportunity to serve on several California Community College Chancellor Office committees.
Overtime, Dr. Morris served in the role of assistant director, before moving into the administrator role as director of nursing. As director she was responsible for direct supervision of the associate degree nursing program, vocational nursing program and nursing assistant/home health aide educational programs, and finally appointed as the Dean of Student Learning after Compton College partnered with El Camino College becoming El Camino College Compton Center. She was responsible for various academic department in that role.
In January 2015 Dr. Morris transition to El Camino College (ECC) to serve as the interim director of nursing and finally appointed as the Director of Nursing in January 2016. During her leadership as director, she served in a unique role providing direct oversight for the day-to-day operation of the El Camino College and the El Camino College Compton Center Associate Degree in Nursing programs until the two colleges separated in June 2019, this has never been done before by any director in the community college system. She was responsible for coordinating the academic endeavor of over 350 nursing students and 40 plus faculty member within the two campuses. She is accountable for promoting the delivery of quality healthcare services for the school of nursing as well as the direct management of the staff within the school of nursing. Dr. Wanda Morris recently retired on September 30, 2021, after 27 years in the community college system.
Dr. Morris is an active member of the Council of Black Nurses, Los Angeles Chapter, a lifetime member of the National Black Nurses Association, member of the National League of Nurses, and the American Nurses Association. During the past year she served as President of the California Organization of Associate Degree Nursing (COADN) South, and Health Impact, the Los Angeles Regional Nursing Curriculum Consortium (RNCC) articulating the ADN-BSN concurrent enrollment pathway in an effort to decrease the number of units and redundancy nursing students have to endure.
Dr. Morris serves on the Trustee Board at Memorial Hospital of Gardena from 2013 to present. In her spare time, she volunteers with a local community organization such as Isaiah’s Rock a non-profit organization located in Chino California. This organization contributes to the community by distributing food to the needy families twice a week throughout the year and toys to children during the holiday season.
Over the years, Dr. Morris received numerous recognitions and awards for her outstanding professional contributions to nursing. In June 2013 and again June 2015 she received the for Meritorious Service and Support Student Support Award from the Associate Student Body at El Camino College Compton Center. In April 2016, she was inducted into the West Coast Cities Branch of the National Association of University of Women Hall of Fame for her continuous commitment and dedication to education and the residents of the Great State of California. On June 24, 2017, Dr. Morris received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Council of Black Nurses, Los Angeles at their 49th Anniversary and Scholarship luncheon.
She was named Extraordinary Woman Rocks by the Golden State Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star on April 22, 2017, presented by Grand Worthy Matron Meredith Y. Bell of the Golden State Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. The Golden State Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star Prince Hall Rite of Adoption sponsors this event to celebrate women for their dedication and excellence in their community or organization serving the community. Most recently at the Nurse Pub gala “Building the Next Generation of Frontline Heroes, Celebrating Past, Present, and Future” on November 20, 2021, Dr. Morris received the Trailblazer award for the extraordinary work she has done throughout her career as a nurse.
Laijon White, born and raised in San Bernardino, California is a UCLA graduate, B.A. in history, and is currently in pursuit of his nursing degree. He has 7 years of healthcare experience,
completing internships via cope health scholars and shadowed clinicians at Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric hospital.
He currently works as a behavioral analyst in Culver City, where he tracks behavioral data to reduce maladaptive outcomes and encourage socially significant skills. Strategies employed have decreased self-harm, aggression, and rigidity.
As a nurse, Laijon plans to develop research that targets adolescents in urban environments. His goal is to establish early education models that promote medical careers to improve health equity and financial stability in minority communities. The focus of his research will track correlations between parental involvement and academic performance. Emphasis will be placed on relationship between parent and teacher by quantitatively tracking rates of interaction, communicated academic expectations, and progress updates regarding the students academic plan.
Prior to joining Nurses Pub, Laijon was a member of the UCLA track team in which earned All American honors for participating in the 2013 NCAA track and field championships . Laijon enjoys, art, films, and outdoor experiences.
Laijon received his admission to Columbia University School of Nursing, March 2023.
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