The population of Seattle grew by an average of 236 people per day in 2016, according to data from GeekWire, which reveals that people of all walks of life and every socio-cultural background are moving into Seattle and its environs at an unprecedented rate.

It explained that although the population of Seattle had been on a steady increase for the last decade, the exponential growth of many Seattle-based companies accounts for the availability of high-tech jobs in big manufacturing and service industries such as Boeing and Amazon.

While many people use this statistical data to explain hire rents in downtown Seattle and neighboring cities, Dr. Tina Coleman, sees in it great opportunities for exciting careers in nursing, especially for minorities of African and Hispanic backgrounds.

Although this segment of the population is, more often than not, the first to fall through unemployment cracks created by a shift towards high-tech jobs in the labor market, Dr. Tina who is a medical radiology intern at the Washington State University’s School of Medicine is also on a personal mission to fill the gap in shortages of nursing throughout the country.

“I do not see any area with a more straight-forward solution to job creation than nursing and, with constant developments in social media, she is ready to train as many as 100 nurses and get them right into the job market each month for the next one year, through her online mentoring platform service,

During startup week called PitchBlack hosted by and, Tina explained her concept as an online mentoring business that guides people into careers in healthcare in general and nursing in particular. She told a crowded room of business investors that there is money to be made in nursing where there are always openings.

The online service which she developed two years ago focuses on mentoring minorities interested in careers in healthcare, specifically, nursing and medicine.” she told a recent startup week for Black entrepreneurs in Seattle.

“Right now, there is a gap of nearly 1.2 million nursing positions that need to be filled nationally, and that gap is only going to expand and increase” she explained, touting her organization, as a uniquely positioned initiative whose mission is to help fill that employment gap.

Tina’s presentation earned her a top-three list out of a dozen competition in job-creation ideas. “The program doesn’t just focus on getting people in healthcare, it takes healthcare professionals from CNA’s, nurses, even other medical doctors to find ways to pursue jobs or healthcare-related businesses”, she said, to rounds of applause from the audience.

Dr. Tina is educated in adult family home ownership as well as in the export of medical supplies and has helped hundreds of people in these areas.  Africa-born, Tina is unabashed by her commitment to the Afro-American cause, the solution to which she says, begins with youth empowerment of African Americans through good-paying jobs.

“There is money in nursing; the work schedule is flexible, possibilities of a 3-day work week; initial training is as short as 24 months; and there is near total job stability” she explained.

Dr. Tina has done this while being a mother, wife, medical professional and a long-time student for free to others. Now she is working on a platform online that will progress her website and give it a more interactive feel to put her curriculum online and possibly an app.

Her presentation can be seen on her website and YouTube channel was motivating because she tells the immigrant story – how hard work, not money, not privilege can take you far in America. It’s the story of an American dream.


Written by  Aloysius Ebokem Fomenky