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Willie Massay: BCU Alum and National Guard Citizen Soldier Protects Community

Tanzania
Nursing


I want to provide a safer place. I like to give my patients hope - one patient at a time by looking them in the eyes and telling them that we are going to get through this together. This is not easy, but we'll get through it.


— Willie Massay
Tanzania
Nursing

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Willie Massay, Briar Cliff University ’16 nursing alumnus, chose to pursue healthcare due to his experiences in his hometown, Tanzania. As Tanzania experienced a shortage of healthcare options, Willie found his passion to be a catalyst to serve the community and the world.

Prior to attending Briar Cliff, Willie joined the National Guard. Between his emergency training and education, these skillsets have been instrumental as he has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I chose Briar Cliff because it has a lot of the same values as the Air National Guard, especially integrity and service before self,” said Willie. “I want to provide a safer place. I like to give my patients hope - one patient at a time by looking them in the eyes and telling them that we are going to get through this together. This is not easy, but we'll get through it.”

As a Second Lieutenant, 155th Air Refueling Wing Medical Group, in the National Guard, Willie’s current mission is to serve at COVID-19 testing sites throughout Nebraska counties. These sites support health department districts across the state.

“If you don’t have to be out, be of service to others and stay home,” adds Willie. “If you have to go out, protect yourself and your families. It’s scary.”

Reflecting on why he chose Briar Cliff, Willie shares that professors were always available and that the training in clinicals to simulations gave real world experiences, which has helped prepare him for his career as a nurse and as a citizen soldier. “We were taught to be servants instilling Franciscan values of service. To show love and caring, not only in the classroom, but everywhere.”

For students finding their passion and pursuing their dreams, Willie shares the following advice: “Be the person God wants you to be. Study hard, even when it's tough. In the end, the purpose of your life will be clearer.”

Thank you, Willie, for your selfless devotion to protecting the community.

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