During the Fall 2017 semester, East Georgia State College biology major Alicia Winfrey performed an internship at Emanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro. She was enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree and graduated in December of 2017.
EGSC’s partnership for internships with Emanuel Medical Center began in July of 2017 and offers the opportunity for students to learn about careers in the medical field and allows them to gain experience in the field prior to graduation. Winfrey spent the Fall semester shadowing nurses in the medical-surgical service. She worked under the supervision of Elizabeth Way, the manager of the medical-surgical service. The internship was instrumental in helping Winfrey decide to become a nurse, and she is currently applying to the Masters of Clinical Nurse Leader Program at Augusta University and plans to begin the program in August of 2018.
“Having the opportunity to do an internship at EMC was a very rewarding experience for me,” Winfrey said. “Going into the internship, I was unsure about what I wanted to pursue after graduation. Thanks to the internship, I now know that nursing is what I want to pursue in life. I am very appreciative for the experience, and I want to give special thanks to all the ladies in the medical surgical 2nd floor department at EMC!”
“Alicia shows great potential for a career in healthcare,” said Way. “She is eager to learn and shows self-motivation, compassion and integrity. While the internship did not allow Alicia to be ‘hands-on,’ she was quick to follow the staff and learn from them.”
Ginger Hall, Director of Nursing at EMC, added, “EMC was excited to participate with the college on this internship program, enhancing student interest in the healthcare field. Alicia was our first student and was a delight to intern. Quite shy at first, she soon became acclimated to the day of a nurse and was talking and laughing with staff, patients and physicians. I feel very positive she will do well in nursing school. I hope this foundation turns out to be a positive start for her career.”
“Alicia is an outstanding student,” said Dr. David Chevalier, Chair of the Biology Program at EGSC. “She recently received the George Marvin Baker Award for Excellence in Biological Science, and we are grateful to EMC and the staff for providing this great learning opportunity for her.”
Winfrey is pictured with RN Med/Surg Manager Elizabeth Way, RN Connie Colston, RN Mary Radford, LPN Denise Colter and Southeastern Technical College RN student Meagan Sherrod.