Student Builds Confidence Through GWU Nursing Education Program

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Rebecca Damron (’16) Appreciates Supportive Faculty and Online Format

After nearly two decades in the nursing profession, Rebecca Damron (’16) of Winston-Salem, N.C., found a new level of confidence through her graduate studies at Gardner-Webb University. “I feel completely prepared to be engaged in any form of nursing education,” she offered. “I know there is something great just waiting for me.”

The internship she completed while pursing a Master of Science in Nursing Education gave her an opportunity to apply her skills and receive praise from her mentors. “My practicum preceptor as well as the second-year faculty at my practicum site commented on my ability to be a good educator, and they listened when I offered up information,” Damron explained. “My preceptor said she knew I was at a good school, because she could see the foundations I was building. I owe that to Gardner-Webb and my instructors in the Hunt School of Nursing.”

Damron is employed as a blood and marrow transplant coordinator at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. She provides assistance and education to patients, collaborates with the medical team and participates in clinical trials. She was able to balance the demands of her job with completing the coursework, because of the way the professors structured the classes and provided support.

“Although it was an online program, I always felt the sense of community,” she observed. “The students were interested in learning, and the instructors were always available. I loved that the first entry in the discussion board area was a place for prayer and praise. I loved knowing that God was being honored through the administration there. I was also struck by the posts from my instructors, sharing devotions and prayers for the students. Just when the stress was palpable, Dr. Sharon Starr (School of Nursing dean) would send some form of encouragement out to us to let us know that we would be crossing the finish line. We just needed to continue pressing on. It was and still is so uplifting.”