Educational Resources

Reinforcing our Commitment

Greater Cincinnati African American Heart Association proudly welcomes Nurse Zakiyyah Thurman to our team of educators.


Zakiyyah Thurman is a Registered Nurse with over 16 years of experience. After graduating from nursing school in 2004, she has worked in a variety of settings including Maternity Services, Critical Care, and Corporate Nursing.

Zakiyyah's s educational background includes an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing Technology (2004), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Cum Laude, 2007), and a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a focus in education (2015).

Throughout her nursing career, she has dedicated countless hours to improve the health status of patients & families by providing proficient care & education. She has presented posters at national conferences and has been engaged in many quality, evidence-based practice, and research projects.

Zakiyyah also owns her own business, ZIR Training Services, in which she provides educational training on communicable disease, child abuse, health & safety, and first aid & CPR. She also volunteers in local community health initiatives to share knowledge on various health topics. Her mission in life is to continually strive for excellence and to improve the overall health status of people in the community and across the nation through sharing her years of knowledge and experience on vital health care topics.  

Zakiyyah Thurman MSN, RN, CMSRN, ONC

Professional Excellence Specialist