AUM College of Nursing and Health Sciences: Influencing Generations of Students

Ashleigh Hicks | Auburn University at Montgomery | Oct. 26, 2017


Miss Alabama USA contestant Rebekah Newton says that the Auburn University at Montgomery College of Nursing and Health Sciences is helping her pursue her passion for helping people.



Auburn Montgomery/Montgomery, Ala. (Oct. 26, 2017) —Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) College of Nursing and Health Sciences is influencing generations of local community leaders in the health profession. AUM nursing student Rebekah Newton, also a contestant in the upcoming Miss Alabama USA Pageant, recently launched the “Mend My Broken Heart Challenge” with a kickoff event at Montgomery Union Station on Oct. 3, 2017. Rebekah founded the Mend My Broken Heart Challenge after her dad, J. Allen Newton, had a heart attack this past summer.

Rebekah Newton said her nursing education at AUM prepared her for being a caretaker for her father and has influenced her in her pursuit to raise heart health awareness. AUM also prepared her dad for his career in Neonatology.

“AUM is really preparing me to be a good nurse. I’d never had to be someone’s primary caregiver before. The clinicals we have to do helped me take better care of my dad.” While Allen stays at home, Rebekah is constantly applying what she is learning at AUM to take care of him. She has never taken care of a patient of her own, so through Allen’s recovery, Rebekah is being given the opportunity to relate what she is learning in class with a real patient. She is thankful for the nursing program because it has, “…taught me the fundamental of nursing: providing holistic healthcare. AUM has taught me to treat my patients with the type of care I would want to have from a nurse.”

“The best nurses come from AUM,” Allen told Rebekah growing up. Allen studied pre-med at AUM from 1977–1981 and went on to open up his own Neonatology practice. So Rebekah choose to go to AUM because she wanted the best education to help her into the career she is so passionate about. Rebekah attributes AUM as the “whole beginning of [her dad’s] education” and ignited “the passion for learning” in him first that was carried down to her.

Rebekah says to all incoming nursing students: “it’s a tough program — as it should be — because AUM will make the best nurses that way… The college of nursing has helped me realize how much I love people and the reason I want to be a nurse.”

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