Alicia Winfrey, who graduated with her Bachelor of Sciences in Biology from EGSC in December 2017, was recently admitted in the Master in Nursing with a Major in Clinical Nurse Leader at Augusta University. This program is a pre-licensure and accelerated graduate program for individuals with non-nursing bachelor's degrees. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the NCLEX licensure examination for Registered Nurses (RN) and the CNL Certification exam offered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Winfrey will start her Master program in Fall 2019.
“I’ve learned that rejection does not always mean denial,” said Winfrey. “Sometimes, it just means to have patience and wait your turn. I am extremely excited for this next chapter at Augusta University. I could not have done it without all the help from my biology professors at EGSC.”
Winfrey is from Waynesboro, Ga. and graduated from Burke County High School. While at EGSC, Winfrey participated in undergraduate research and presented the results of a research at the 5th Annual Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium held in October 2016 at Albany State University in Albany, Ga. and the Annual Meeting of the Georgia Academy of Sciences held in March 2017 at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga.
While attending EGSC, Winfrey received several awards, including a $100 travel award from the Georgia Academy of Sciences to attend their 2017 Annual Meeting. She also was presented with the George Marvin Baker Award for Excellence in Biological Science to during the 2017 Honors Night and the Leadership and Service award for the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society during the 2018 Honors Night.
Finally, Winfrey performed an internship at the Emanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro during Fall 2017. Winfrey spent the 2017 Fall semester shadowing nurses in medical-surgical service. She worked under the supervision of Elizabeth Way, manager of medical-surgical service. The internship was instrumental in helping Winfrey decide to become a nurse and be accepted in the Master of Nursing at Augusta University.
“Emanuel Medical Center is extremely proud to hear of Ms. Winfrey's acceptance into the Masters Program at Augusta University,” said Ginger Hall of Emanuel Medical Center. “I am inspired by the EGSC internship program and having Ms. Winfrey as one of our first students was exciting for our staff. The mentoring gave some insights of a day with a nurse and Ms. Winfrey excelled with enthusiasm with each encounter. Emanuel Medical wishes her the very best.”
Since graduating from EGSC, Winfrey worked as a clerical office assistant at Georgia Southern Health Services in Statesboro, Ga.
“I am very proud of Alicia,” said EGSC Biology Chair Dr. David Chevalier. “She worked very hard towards her goal of becoming a nurse. I am also very thankful to the Emanuel Medical Center and Mrs. Ginger Hall for providing our students with internship opportunities.”