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Himmelfarb Headlines - November / December 2020

Student Spotlight - Meet Kymberlee Cox, Doctor of Nursing Practice Class of 2022!

Kymberlee Cox

What brought you to GW?
Great question. In the beginning of 2019, while I was working as an Education Specialist at George Washington University Hospital, I was chatting with a co-worker about a class he was enrolled in at the time. This co-worker, already a graduate of GWSON’s DNP program, was taking a Certificate course in Education. Being inspired by his love of learning, I began asking him questions about the DNP program. Dr. Billy Mullins immediately latched onto the idea of me going back to school for my DNP. He solicited the support of my Director at the time, also a GWSON DNP graduate, and they began a targeted campaign to recruit me for the program. They told me that though the program was challenging, the faculty are very supportive and understand the needs of the adult learner. They even wrote my recommendation letters, so all I had to was apply. So here am I am, and I have not regretted it for a moment.

Are there any memorable research or special projects you have participated in while at GW?
For one class, I had to develop an evidenced-based program to help reduce readmission rates among African American adults with diabetes. It is in doing the research for that program, that I truly began to understand the impact of social determinants of health and the health inequities that exist. I began to view patients with chronic illnesses so much differently. It is impossible to manage a chronic disease/illness without managing the social influences that impact it or that it impacts.

As you reflect on your years at GW, can you share a favorite Himmelfarb Library memory or experience you found to be the most useful?
I have had two memorable experiences with the Himmelfarb library. First, Elaine Sullo was assigned to one of my classes and presented on performing a literature search. From her brief overview, I realized how much I was doing inaccurately, and how little I really understood about performing a literature search. That prompted me to signed up for a class facilitated by Stacy Brody. I learned so much and the information presented has proven extremely useful in this program. I am so amazed by all the resources available.

What's been the most unexpected, surprising or challenging experience as a GW student?
My most unexpected experience is realizing the support available to students. Though I was informed about that when I applied, experiencing it has been truly amazing. I have had such supportive faculty who make themselves available to you (even responding to emails at midnight). There is no question that they want to facilitate your learning and see you succeed.

What are your plans after GW?
After GW, I would like to continue working with new graduate nurses, helping them transition from school to practice. I am realizing that there are several opportunities to build on and add to the body of knowledge of what a new graduate needs to be successful in the workplace and how they should be supported.  I would like to participate in adding to it.
When you are not studying - What are your hobbies, interests or special things you like to do during your down-time?
When I am not studying, I love spending time with my husband and children, ages five and seven. This is such fun age. Getting out for hikes, riding our bikes, or taking a road trip brings me great joy. But my ultimate happy place is sitting on a beach, listening to the waves crash on the shore.

 


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