2012, Honors College
A Force for Innovation—Shaping Healthcare and Impacting Global Communities
Nursing major Audrey Ferguson (Class of 2012) combined her passion for healthcare with a global perspective, studying Nursing alongside a minor in Global Affairs.
As a student, Audrey conducted research in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) alongside NIH researchers and the project's principal investigator, Dr. Randall Keyser. The study examined the relationship between exercise self-efficacy and fitness outcomes in individuals with pulmonary hypertension. It helped to prepare her for her career in Nursing—she has worked for the Inova Fairfax Hospital Intermediate Care Unit, the Weiss Memorial Hospital Intensive Cardiac Care Unit, and the University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center.
Audrey credits the Honors College faculty and staff with encouraging her to pursue challenging and exciting opportunities. "The Honors College advisers challenged me to accept projects that took me outside of my comfort zone. As a result of that encouragement I have already had the training and maturity needed to excel in overseas work that I am passionate about,” said Audrey.
Since completing her research, Audrey has continued to display leadership with a global focus. In 2011 and 2012 Audrey was awarded the United States Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study language in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
In 2014 Audrey was part of a group of healthcare workers named "Person of the Year" by Time Magazine for their work in fighting Ebola. Audrey traveled to Liberia with Partners in Health in an effort coordinated by the State Department to respond to combat Ebola in West Africa.