AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) – A Georgia Southwestern State University assistant nursing professor is getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan.
Ramona Mulleins-Foreman, D.N.P. said an early goodbye on March 28 after she was given a farewell by nursing students, faculty, and staff of the School of Nursing.
Mulleins-Foreman is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and recently took command of a Forward Surgical Team.
On June 8, Mulleins-Foreman will be leaving Georgia Southwestern for active duty in Afghanistan. She joined the Army right out of high school in 1985 and began her training as a combat medic.
"I come from a military background," she said. "Both my grandfathers were in WWII, in the Army Air Corp and were involved in the Japanese campaigns. My father was career Air Force. It seemed like the logical path for me."
Over the years, Mulleins-Foreman has been mobilized to Germany, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Her experience in the military and love of teaching has been crucial in her role as an instructor at GSW.
"The military teaches critical thinking skills and leadership that I apply in the classroom in dealing with the students," she said. "The medical training I received helps me to bring the subject alive for my students. I have a love for teaching, which was the driving factor for me getting my D.N.P. I have the best of both worlds."
Mulleins-Foreman received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salem State and continued her education at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing. She went on to receive a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee School of Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee.