Prepared for the pressure of pediatrics

Recent nursing graduate Danielle Bowling is now working at the Cardiac Stepdown Unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a nurse technician and will start as a registered nurse in July. But she’s prepared for the pressure after her Berry experiences.

“My junior year I started nursing school, my student work job was a newly created level 5 student director role … and I served as the Marthapalooza Booths and Entertainment subcommittee chair. Yet, during this time of panic, I still felt comfort knowing my supervisors, professors and peer mentors wanted to challenge me, but most importantly they wanted to see me succeed,” she says. “I learned quickly the initiative and work ethic Berry instills in its students.  It was during this time that I realized how life-changing Berry experiences and the Berry community can be.”

Nursing school meant new friends, more opportunities to serve others and the ability to learn more about her interests and strengths. Danielle was president of the Berry College Student Nurses Association and participated in leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK).  She was also part of the Leadership Fellows Scholarship Program and served as a Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) leader for two years.Her hard work in her variety of roles led her to win multiple awards during her time on campus. Danielle’s awards include the Nursing Leadership Award, the Robert E. Coleman award, which is given to an outstanding all-around student, and two Rollins Work Awards, which recognize students who go the extra mile in service to Berry. Danielle also earned the ODK Senior Aspire to the Top award, which honors a senior who has demonstrated consistent leadership in campus activities.

Danielle says, “It was through these experiences that I felt valued as a member of the community, I felt motivated and confident to do more, and I not only noticed the difference Berry was making for me, but also the opportunity I had to make a difference for Berry.”

 

Written by junior Shannon Rainey

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