Brenda & Philip Julian Endowed Scholarship in Nursing
The following biography was written at the time of this scholarship establishment; some information may not be up to date:
Brenda Julian ’83 MSN began her career in health care by earning a diploma in nursing from Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Winston-Salem, NC. After 10 years of active practice, Dr. Eloise Lewis, dean of the UNC Greensboro School of Nursing, encouraged her to expand her horizons by pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing; this opened doors for her, years later, that proved professionally and personally rewarding. Dean Lewis particularly was influential in her career advancement from nursing staff development coordinator to family nurse practitioner to College of Nursing instructor. In Brenda’s words: “I am humbled to thank Dr. Lewis by giving back to the School of Nursing and profession that has given so much to me.”
Philip Julian ’78 BSN, ’79 MSN began his career in healthcare as a U.S. Navy Corpsman, but his baptism in professional nursing began under the guidance and tutelage of Dean Eloise Lewis. In Philip’s words: “Dr. Lewis displayed a personal interest in each individual student at the School of Nursing and she recognized potential in me that I had never considered. Her vision and counsel stimulated me to enter nursing education, and looking back, I cannot imagine a different career course. Her impact on my professional practice was evident in every aspect of my career…in surgical ICU, as an Air Force officer, on faculty at schools of nursing, and in professional organizations. She had a hand in my development, direction, and perspective of what it means to be a nurse. I have had numerous mentors during my long professional career, but no one influenced my nursing practice more than her. Thank you, Dr. Lewis.”.