From the Students: Christian University at Gardner-Webb

Gardner-Webb's Christian foundation is important to students
in unique ways. Hear from current students about what it means to them.




Jonathon Rhyne, Freshman Marketing/Journalism

“I know that on my bad days, I am loved by a bunch of people who I don’t even know… Here, people do care about you, and they don’t even have to know your name.” (More)


 

 

Hannah Ray, Sophomore English

“Everything falls under that umbrella of 'Why are we doing this?' and a Christian University has the responsibility to do it because they’re trying to glorify God in all that they’re doing.” (More)



 

Jeremiah Hamby, Senior Psychology

“It’s more than going to Church on Sunday; it’s living in a community of Christian believers in everyday life and being intentional, being vulnerable with them, and the atmosphere at Gardner-Webb has really shown me that…” (More)

 

Caitlyn Brotherton, Senior ASL

“That’s what college is all about: figuring out what you want to do and who you want to be, and when everyone around you is pointing you towards Christ, it’s a lot easier to be focused on him.” (More)

GWU Family Nurse Practitioner Alumna Serves Community Affected by Hurricane Florence

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Beth Brock ’16
After Hurricane Florence, Beth Brock, left, a 2016 alumna of the GWU Family Nurse Practitioner Program, deployed with the MED-1 Mobile Hospital from Atrium Health in Charlotte, N.C., to Pender County, N.C.

Beth Brock ’16 Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner concentration

“I chose FNP, because I wanted to prevent patients from overflowing the emergency departments with problems that could be addressed by their primary care providers. Gardner-Webb’s nursing school prepared me for my career by teaching me the fundamentals of being a Family Nurse Practitioner.”

Hurricane Florence battered North Carolina’s coastal areas in September 2018 with 90-mph winds, rainfall and storm surge. Record flooding in Pender County forced officials to close the local hospital and its emergency department. However, three days after the powerful storm made landfall, the MED-1 Mobile Hospital from Atrium Health in Charlotte, N.C., was operating in a parking lot in Burgaw, N.C.

Gardner-Webb University 2016 alumna, Beth Brock, was among the medical professionals who volunteered for the assignment. “I'm so honored and thankful I was chosen to go,” reflected Brock, a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from Atrium Health’s Lincoln Family Practice in Lincolnton, N.C. “As soon as I heard we may be deploying, I felt a strong desire to help the victims who would be affected by this natural disaster.”

Once on location, MED-1 is fully operational in 30 minutes with a team of more than 30 emergency room doctors, nurses and other medical staff. The 1,000-square-foot hospital is capable of handling anything from minor injuries to severe emergency medical conditions, including trauma surgery and intensive medical care. For patients in Burgaw, it was the only medical facility in a 50-mile radius.

Caring for between 150 and 200 patients a day, the team delivered babies, performed surgeries and provided other services. Brock worked in triage. “I saw patients of all ages including newborns,” she described. “I performed simple sick visits, newborn checks and routine chronic disease management.”

Although she stayed in a truck trailer and slept on a cot, she was grateful for the team she worked with to serve the community. “This was my first deployment for MED-1,” Brock noted. “Everyone had one goal to accomplish and everyone did everything in their scope to achieve this goal together.”

Brock became a nurse because of her compassion for others. After working eight years in an emergency department, she decided to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing with FNP concentration. “I chose FNP, because I wanted to prevent patients from overflowing the emergency departments with problems that could be addressed by their primary care providers,” she asserted. “Gardner-Webb’s nursing school prepared me for my career by teaching me the fundamentals of being a Family Nurse Practitioner.”