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Winning Threesome
Faculty members named to endowed chairs

hree faculty members have been named to endowed chairs in the School of Nursing. Dr. Jo Ann Dalton holds one of two Edith F. Honeycutt Chairs in Nursing, while the other chair is held by Dr. Kathy Parker, who was appointed last year.
      Both chairs are the result of a 1990 endowment gift from the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta in honor of Edith F. Honeycutt, 39N, one of the first oncology nurses to practice at Emory and in Georgia and the private nurse to Atlanta philanthropist and Coca-Cola magnate Robert Woodruff and his family. Honeycutt received the Emory Medal, the university’s highest alumni honor, in 1997 and an honorary bachelor of science degreein nursing in 2004.
     Both Honeycutt chair holders embody the spirit, skill, and dedication to nursing, as did Honeycutt in developing the art of caring for critically ill patients at the bedside. Dalton is an expert in pain management with a special focus on cancer patients. She co-founded the North Carolina Pain Initiative, which has become a model for promoting education about pain management. Parker is a pioneer in studying the relationships between and among symptoms in chronic disease. In 2001, she established the Center for Research on Symptoms, Symptom Interactions, and Health Outcomes, one of nine exploratory research centers funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research.
     “Awarding the Honeycutt chairs to Jo Ann and Kathy is our way of recognizing their special qualities and paying tribute to Edith,” says Dean Marla Salmon.
     Also recently, Dr. Maureen Kelley was named to the Independence Chair in Nursing. It is endowed by the Independence Foundation of Philadelphia to build the capacity of nursing to serve vulnerable populations and develop nursing practice and scholarship.
     Kelley is chair of the Department of Family and Community Health Nursing and practices nurse mid-wifery at Emory Crawford Long Hospital. She previously directed the Nurse Midwifery Education Program, ranked 7th in the nation along with two other nursing schools by US News & World Report.
     “This chair recognizes the important work that Maureen has done resulting in the continuation of the midwifery practice at Emory Crawford Long, development of a collaborative practice with the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in the School of Medicine, and introduction of a Centering Pregnancy practice at Emory and in Atlanta,” says Salmon. “She also is committed to meeting the needs of underserved people, nationally and globally, through nursing.”
  Touching Lives Touched by Cancer
Nursing faculty named GCC scholars

he mission of the Georgia Cancer Coalition (GCC) is compelling and ambitious: to reduce the number of cancer-related deaths in Georgia. Two School of Nursing faculty members are among 32 top scientists recently tapped by the GCC to move its mission forward. Drs. Jill Hamilton and Roberta Kaplow are members of the GCC’s Distinguished Clinicians and Scientists program, designed to advance cancer research and position Georgia as a national leader in that arena.
     Both Hamilton and Kaplow, the only nurses selected, bring special expertise to the GCC table. Hamilton, who joined Emory last year as an assistant professor, is widely regarded for her research on helping older African-American cancer survivors cope with their disease. Her research also has implications for caregivers—nurses, doctors, family members, church members, and others—who assist patients in their recovery.
     Kaplow is a clinical professor with joint appointments in the School of Nursing and the Winship Cancer Institute (WCI) at Emory. Through the WCI, she works closely with nurses and physicians at the Georgia Cancer Center of Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital to enhance patient care standards as a model for other cancer treatment centers in Georgia. Currently, she is conducting a pilot study on “Pain and Sleep Interactions in Minority Cancer Patients” through the Center for Research on Symptoms, Symptom Interactions, and Health Outcomes in the School of Nursing.
     Kaplow and Hamilton are part of a force that GCC is amassing to boost the amount of federally funded cancer research in Georgia. Thus far, GCC has tapped 66 renowned scholars for Georgia, with a goal of recruiting 150 scholars in all.
      GCC is a public-private partnership involving universities, hospitals, biotech firms, civic groups, and nonprofit and government agencies. In the four years since its formation, the coalition has become a national model of collaboration for scientists and health professionals with a common goal—in this case, improving prevention and treatment for the approximately 35,000 Georgians diagnosed with cancer each year.

Dr. Patricia Clark has been promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Department of Adult and Elder Health Nursing. Through her research, Clark is helping patients and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and stroke.

Dr. Patrice White is a new clinical associate professor in the MSN/MPH international health program in the Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing. Her studies have focused on safe motherhood, cultural constructs of disease/problem recognition, and international maternal-child health.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses Group recently honored Dr. Maggie Gilead with an award for her many contributions to psychiatric and mental health nursing education. Gilead, an associate professor in Adult and Elder Health Nursing, is a longtime advocate of improved mental health services at local and state levels.

Dr. Lynda Nauright,
professor of Adult and Elder Health Nursing, has assumed the presidency of the Georgia Nurses Foundation for the second time. She previously served as president from 1986 to 1990.

Amy Comeau
holds a new position as director of communications for the School of Nursing. She comes to Emory from Georgia State University, where she managed marketing and public relations forthe Rialto Center for the Performing Arts after five years with The Atlanta Opera.

Kim Julian
has joined the School of Nursing as associate director of development and alumni relations. She previously was membership operations supervisor for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Wendy Rhein
holds a new position as director of service learning. Rhein previously served as the HIV/AIDS campaign director for the United States Fund for UNICEF.

Jane Clark
now serves as assistant director for academic affairs services. Prior to this position, she was the executive research coordinator of the psychiatric research center at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.


Enrollment Boom

n fall 2004, the School of Nursing welcomed its largest class yet with 97 incoming juniors like those pictured here with faculty mentor Caroline Coburn (bottom left). The school also enrolled 76 new graduate students and five new PhD students, while the Centennial Class of 2005 began their senior year at 96 strong. (The school marks its 100th anniversary this year.) As a whole, the students have a variety of backgrounds and interests—one-third of nursing students are pursuing their second degree, with first degrees ranging from music, biology, and law to religion and Spanish.
Big Jump
School lands in top 20 for NIH research

esearch funding in the School of Nursing has taken a big jump. For the first time, the school ranks among the nation’s top 20 nursing schools for research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
     In 2003, Emory nursing professors won $2.3 million in NIH research funding, nearly $1 million more than the previous year. As a result, the school jumped from 32nd place in 2002 to 18th in 2003. It also ranked No. 6 among all private nursing schools.
      Emory, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham were the only three nursing programs in the Southeast to rank in the top 20. The University of California at San Francisco was the top-funded program, with more than $13 million. Each year, the NIH funds research at more than 600 accredited nursing schools in the United States.
Sleep and Golf Performance
Study focuses on LPGA players

hisking between time zones to play in tournaments may be commonplace for professional golfers in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). But for a game dependent on focus and concentration, could jet lag and other sleep-related issues affect the pros’ driving and putting?
     At the request of the LPGA, Emory nursing professor Dr. Kathy Parker is looking at a number of sleep variables to determine their relationship with the golfers’ success in tournament play.
     “Our main purposes are to describe the quantity, quality, and pattern of sleep obtained by the players immediately prior to and during the tournament, and to explore how those factors relate to their eventual performance on the course,” explains Parker. “We know that attention and focus are critical to playing successful golf, and we also know that high levels of attention and focus are dependent on getting quality sleep and being adequately rested.”

     The project began with a chance meeting on an airplane between golf professional Suzanne Strudwick and School of Nursing Dean Marla Salmon. At Salmon’s urging, Strudwick, who had experienced personal sleep issues related to jet lag, began corresponding with Parker. She also mentioned Parker’s work to Dr. Betsy Clark, vice president of professional development for the LPGA, and once approved, the plan was set in motion.
     At last summer’s LPGA Tournament in Georgia, Parker distributed more than 100 questionnaires that rated sleep variables such as subjective sleep quality, daytime sleepiness, restless leg syndrome, circadian rhythm type, basic demographics, and the number of times players had traveled across time zones in the 10 days preceding the tournament.
     Once completed, the sleep quality and sleep patterns of the LPGA golfers will be compared with a performance profile that includes not only their total tournament score, but also measures factors such as rank, rounds under par, birdies, driving distance, driving accuracy, putting average, and sand saves.
     “The mind-body connection in golf has been well described because focus is critical to the game,” says Parker. “We know that sleep is bound to be a factor in these abilities, so it will be interesting to see the kinds of sleep problems the players have, even if it’s just so we can develop recommendations and educational programs to help them.”

— Tia Webster and Amy Comeau
Advocate for Breastfeeding
Rose Cannon retires after 29 years

n 1973, Rose
Cannon, 74MN, 95PhD, was the head nurse for the nurseries at Northside Hospital when a colleague told her, “Why don’t you get your master’s degree? You’d be a great teacher.”
     Inspired, Cannon went on to earn her degree at Emory. “People often see things in us that we don’t see in ourselves,” said Cannon when she retired last fall after nearly three decades of teaching maternal-infant nursing.
     Since those days at Northside, Cannon has touched countless lives by instructing parents and nursing students about childbirth and breastfeeding and promoting lactation as a way to improve health for mothers and infants. “She’s made the world a better place for babies and moms, and that’s no small deed,” says Marla Salmon, dean of the School of Nursing.
     Known for excellence as a teacher, Cannon received an award from the Univeristy Teaching Fund in 2003 for a successful course she created, “Human Lactation and Breastfeeding Management,” and the Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2002 for undergraduate instruction.
     In addition to nurturing students, Cannon has been a role model for junior faculty through Passages, a university-wide mentoring program, and SAGE, a faculty mentoring initiative in the School of Nursing. In one of many leadership roles, Cannon chaired the 1995 Politics of Caring III conference, involving nursing, medicine, public health, and other disciplines across Emory.
     Cannon has long been passionate about history. For her Emory doctorate, she wrote her dissertation on “Georgia’s Twentieth Century Public Health Nurses: A Social History of Racial Relations,” in which she recorded the oral histories of 50 nurses in Georgia. For this work, the Women’s History Month in Georgia Committee and the Secretary of State honored her for “Significant Contributions to Health Care” in 1998.
     Retirement has not stopped Cannon from being active. She continues to teach lactation and breastfeeding in the School of Nursing and at Northside Hospital. She has collected a series of oral histories from Emory nursing faculty and alumni in preparation for the school’s Centennial in 2005 and is co-chairing the annual meeting ofthe American Association for the History of Nursing, to be hosted by the School of Nursing next fall.
     On the day of her retirement celebration at Emory, Cannon almost needed a moving van to carry home her retirement mementoes—a quilt stitched by School of Nursing faculty, a memory book, an Emory chair, and a sculpture of “Young Mother With Child” by Oregon artist Alan Collins (pictured above).
     The highlight, though, was the announcement of the Emeritus Faculty Scholarship Fund, created in her honor. Faculty, alumni, and others have contributed $15,000 to the undergraduate fund thus far. As Debbie Ryan, clinical associate professor, told Cannon, “You are the embodiment of what women strive to be, and you have been more than successful.”

Gifts to the Emeritus Faculty Scholarship Fund may be sent to the Office of Development, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, 1520 Clifton Road NE, Suite 446, Atlanta, Georgia 30322.

Spring Break Alternatives
Students explore faith, health in the Carribbean

ast spring, 26 Emory nursing students headed for the Caribbean but not to lie on the beach. They went on Alternative Spring Break to explore the ties between faith and health in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Bahamas, and Jamaica.
     In the BVI, the stakes were high for the 12 students who examined nearly 400 schoolchildren ages 10 to 15—a task traditionally done by physicians—in a region where faith has a prominent role in health, education, and other aspects of daily life. The students also taught children, parents, and teachers about sexual health, conflict resolution, drug abuse prevention, nutrition, and exercise.
     “We were plowing new ground,” says Ann Connor, one of two faculty members who accompanied the undergraduate and graduate students to the BVI. “This was the first time that nurses there were allowed to do physical assessments. We established a new practice model for nurses and sent a message to the children’s teachers and parents about what nurses can do.”
     When the nursing students first arrived in the BVI, they met with several nurses, including Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Lee Mathavious (who invited the students to come after visiting the School of Nursing in 2003), and the Rev. Lester Bowers, a BVI resident and doctoral student in the Candler School of Theology at Emory. Each morning, the students attended a morning devotional involving nurses, schoolchildren, parents, teachers, and others from the community.
     “I found it incredibly rejuvenating,” says Emily Mason, then a nursing senior who graduated in May. “We were singing and praying with them. It was a wonderful way to connect with them.”
     The connection between faith and health lies at the heart of the Hubert Fellowship Program, a new initiative based in the Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing and funded by the O.C. Hubert Charitable Trust. While the 12 students who traveled to the BVI received course credit in community health, the other students volunteered for clinical duty in Jamaica and in Eleuthera in the Bahamas. All 14 volunteers are Hubert Fellows, students with a special interest in faith, international health, and populations who are often underserved.
     At the Tarpum Bay Clinic in Eleuthera, Heather Blair, now a nursing senior, was deeply touched when one of the nurses described how having the students there made her feel less isolated and lonely.
     “I didn’t do anything to make this happen except to listen to her experiences, show an interest in her life and work, and be available, but for her it made a difference,” says Blair.
Working through United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, Blair
and six other students observed in health clinics, accompanied nurses on home visits, surveyed a group of Haitian women living on Eleuthera about their health care needs, addressed high school and grade school students about health topics, participated in a health fair, and visited a family wellness center in Nassau.
     During home visits, the Eleuthera nurses provided medications and monitored patients who were elderly,disabled, or had health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. At the very least, “the nurses found out where the patients were emotionally and spiritually,” says Molly Swensen, a graduate student who is working on a dual degree in nursing and public health. “They often shared a prayer or passage from scripture with them.”
     Faith also is a guiding force for nurses in Jamaica. Students there were hosted by the Cornwall School of Nursing and spent considerable time in the pediatric ward at Cornwall Regional Hospital, in clinics for patients with sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS, and with community agencies serving patients with mental illness. While working on the pediatric floor in the hospital, students did their best to comfort children who were in pain or whose family members were not present.
     “I learned that spiritual care includes activities such as presence and comfort,” says Laura Rainer, then a nursing junior. “This broadened my perspective of how nurses can incorporate spirituality into patient care.”
     As in the BVI and Eleuthera, the students in Jamaica took part in daily devotionals with nurses and others. The experience “offered the students a way of seeing how you can use your faith to strengthen yourself as a practitioner and share that faith with patients in a way that strengthens them,” says Emory nursing instructor Sara Edwards. “That was very powerful for the students to see.”
     Shortly after the students returned to Emory, they shared what they had learned with a School of Nursing audience that included Virginia Proctor, 50G, 50Th, who served as director of student development for Dean Ada Fort some 40 years ago. It was Fort who first opened the door of opportunity for Emory nurses with an interest in faith and international health. “This is exactly what Ada Fort had in mind,” said Proctor after hearing the students’ presentation. “She would be so proud.”

—Pam Auchmutey
  '3+2' Equals Partnership
Emory, Agnus Scott forms joint degree program

ith the national nursingshortage expected to top 250,000 by 2010, the need to attract more students into the nursing profession is a critical charge for nursing schools all over the country. To meet this challenge head on, the School of Nursing expanded its undergraduate enrollment this past fall and formed a dual-degree partnership with Agnes Scott College to attract a new crop of students.
     Marla Salmon, dean of the School of Nursing, and Rosemary Lévy Zumwalt, vice president for academic affairs and dean of Agnes Scott, worked in tandem to form the new five-year program, which will enroll its first students next fall. The 3+2 program is available to any student enrolled at Agnes Scott, where they will complete a liberal arts program in three years and then transfer to Emory to complete the BSN program in two years.
     “This dual-degree program enables us to reach out to another community of very smart and talented students who may not originally have considered nursing,” says Salmon. “The opportunity to attract student scholars with a strong liberal arts background complements our vision for preparing nursing leaders who will transform care.”
     Zumwalt believes that students will seize the opportunity for a dual degree. “This program gives students interested in nursing the best that Agnes Scott and Emory have to offer—an exceptional foundation in liberal arts and a degree from one of the most prominent nursing programs in the United States.”

—Amy Comeau

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