School of Nursing Dean Debra Barksdale shares some of her inspiration and how she was able to bring both her passions of nursing and education together.
Briggs spoke about her extensive nursing career after taking a tour of the Nursing and Instructional Building. Only a few weeks earlier, she had retired after 41 years as a nurse in North Carolina.
Not one to take an academic appointment or a volunteer position simply for the ego boost, Barksdale says, “I wanted to come to a place to make an impact. I’ve always gravitated to where I thought I could make a difference.”
“We have a model hospital wing. We have an ICU. Two beds. We have a mother/baby unit, and we have a home environment.”
Dr. Peggy Trent said demand is high for nurses with MSN degrees specializing in nursing education and in leadership and management.