Stephanie Webster – two degrees earned, and the learning continues

Personality Profile - StephanieBy Mary Landucci, CSUB Public Affairs Intern

Stephanie Webster, a 2014 graduate of the CSUB Nursing Program, is a veteran student. Already possessing a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Webster returned to school to take her education further. Webster came to CSUB in to complete her degree in nursing, fulfilling her passion to work with patients.

While in school for her Bachelor’s Degree, Webster volunteered in hospitals assisting registered nurses and participated in research with her professors. At this point, Webster solidified her love of science and the process of interacting with patients. Webster went on to earn her Master’s but still had a desire to work closely with patients. “I quickly realized that while research is fascinating and crucial to the advancement of science, I missed the personal aspect of interacting with patients. I recognized that my true passion was for direct patient care, and I soon returned to school to enter the field of nursing,” said Webster

Through a desire to positively impact her community, Webster chose the CSUB Nursing Program to earn her Registered Nursing Degree. During her time at CSUB, Webster has achieved many notable accomplishments. In summer of 2013, Webster assisted CSUB Professor Amy Hedden in the completion of the research and writing of an article, “Recurrent Guttate Psoriasis: A Complicated Course in an 18 Year Old Girl,” which has been accepted for publication in May 2014 in a peer-reviewed journal, Advance for NPs and PAs. For the past two academic years, Webster has served as Treasurer for California Student Nursing Association (CNSA), participating in community service activities such as Relay For Life, March of Dimes, Fight for Air Walk, and many others.

Webster has always striven for academic excellence. Lauded by her professors for her exemplary academic presence and contribution to the CSUB Nursing Program, Webster was inducted into Xi Epsilon chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society of Nursing, a chapter that only accepts the top 1/3 of nursing classes, in April 2013. She received the award for Outstanding Graduation Nursing Student, 2014 and in March was named the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2014. Webster said, “I have worked very hard throughout my academic career and have received several recognitions and scholarships. I truly never expected to receive any of them, and I feel extremely fortunate, proud, and grateful for each and every one of the honors that I have received.”

After graduation Webster hopes to begin her nursing career as a critical care nurse at one of Bakersfield’s local hospitals. In a few years, Webster plans to return to school to pursue her graduate degree in nursing. When asking Webster for advice for incoming CSUB students, she said, “Be ready to work hard, but find your balance. Don’t get so caught up in a busy class schedule that let you make time to do things that you enjoy. Get involved; find a club or a group on campus with a purpose or a message that you believe in. You’ll meet some great people and make some lasting memories. The relationships that I have built with my classmates and the nursing faculty are what I will treasure most about my time at CSUB.”

 

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