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Alumni Spotlight: Paula A. Gray '12

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DNP Nursing


Media, PA

Current Position

Program Director: Family (Individual)
Widener University School of Nursing

My Widener Experience

why did you decide to pursue a degree in the nursing doctoral program?

I decided to earn a doctorate because I wanted to acquire the skills needed to take on a leadership role in health care issues and translate evidence-based research to the primary care setting.

who was your favorite professor at widener? why?

Dr. Shirlee Drayton-Brooks was my favorite professor. She was not only my professor, but also acted as my mentor, guiding and encouraging me through the years I spent as a student at Widener.

My Professional Experience

how have leadership skills learned at widener helped you to succeed?

The leadership skills learned at Widener helped me to become involved in implementing practice changes in a primary care clinic. Graduates of the nursing programs have all obtained jobs in the tri-state area and a few in other states. I have become an expert in chronic disease management, specifically in the diabetic population.

what advice would you give a prospective student considering your doctoral program?

Widener has great professors who have the student's interest at heart.