We are well into the 2002-2003
academic year and off to a terrific start. That's why we are piloting
this newsletter, which we will send to you twice a year (fall and spring).
This effort is led by Anne Bavier, assistant dean for
development, alumni, and external relations, and our contributors are
the leaders for each of the school's units. Pam Auchmutey
is the editor. We hope this newsletter gives you a clear snapshot of our
school and the many wonderful things now under way. Please send future
news items to Anne at email@example.com
or Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among our most terrific news
is that we have a new associate dean for academic affairs, who heads the
Office of Academic Affairs. Dr. Susan Chase comes to
us from Boston College School of Nursing, where she was associate professor
and, most recently, acting associate dean for graduate programs. She also
established a parish nursing program�something we are exploring in collaboration
with the Candler School of Theology here at Emory. Regarding research,
Susan has a special interest in clinical judgement used by nurses and
treatment decision-making by patients and families. In fact, she is preparing
a book on clinical judgment for nurse practitioners. Welcome aboard, Susan!
We are happy to have several new
faculty members this year, including Dr. Roberta Kaplow,
clinical professor of nursing in Adult and Elder Health. Roberta, who
previously was with the Department of Education at Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center in New York, is working collaboratively with the Winship
Cancer Institute, providing clinical leadership at the The Georgia Cancer
Center for Excellence at Grady Health Center. Roberta also coordinates
the SON's oncology/immunology program, for which she is strengthening
the curriculum and developing new materials. Other new colleagues in the
Department of Adult and Elder Health include:
- Dr. Linda Alley is a part-time assistant professor
(research) with a special interest in pain and sleep in oncology patients.
She is the PI on a major grant funded by the National Institute for
Nursing Research and holds a joint appointment with the VA Medical Center,
where she has worked for many years
- Kelly Brewer, associate, has a strong background
in critical care nursing and teaches adult health to both juniors and
seniors. Prior to her new appointment, Kelly was a part-time adjunct
faculty member with us for three years.
- Holly Brown, associate, specializes in gerontology
nursing and teaches both BSN and MSN students. She comes to the SON
from Wesley Woods Center, where she directed the SOURCE Pilot Project
(Medicaid), which promotes independent living for elders.
- Mary Garvin-Surpris, associate, coordinates and
teaches the adult nursing clinical courses to BSN students. She has
a strong clinical and teaching background in both acute and critical
care and taught in our BSN program as an adjunct faculty member in fall
members recently were appointed in the Department of Family and Community
Nursing, now led by its new chair, Dr. Maureen Kelley.
- Elizabeth Downes has rejoined the department as
assistant professor (clinical). She is working in the undergraduate
labs and in the family nurse practitioner and pediatric nurse practitioner
- Dr. Maureen Lobb holds a part-time appointment as
assistant professor (clinical), leading juniors in the clinical care
setting and the health assessment laboratory during fall semester and
working with them in community health settings during the spring. Maureen
has a background in hospital-based, home care programs and previous
faculty experience in undergraduate community health and nursing research.
- Dr. Pamela McQuide, postdoctoral fellow, holds a
part-time appointment with the Lillian Carter Center for International
Nursing, where she is the PI on a new project to analyze the nursing
workforce in Kenya. Pam has a varied nursing background and most recently
directed an intensive home visiting cooperative for vulnerable pregnant
women in North Carolina. Prior to that, she worked with Family Health
International on the sustainability and effectiveness of reproductive
health programs in Haiti and Kenya.
- Bethany Robertson, associate (clinical), is a graduate
of our own nurse midwifery master's program. A part-time faculty member,
she is working in the undergraduate maternity and nurse midwifery programs.
She previously was an undergraduate faculty member, a practicing nurse
midwife, and a registered nurse on a high-risk pregnancy unit.
- Erin York, part-time associate, teaches pediatrics
for the developing families course. She comes to us from Children's
Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where she was the lead pediatric
nurse in the emergency department.
We're still riding high after
learning that we are the recipients of a $5 million gift from the Helene
Fuld Health Trust to create a scholarship endowment for the Emory Nursing
Segue Program. This is the single largest gift ever to the SON. The program
targets second-career students with a special interest in social responsibility
and leadership, and the scholarships will enable the recipients to work
on social issues with partners across the university and the community.
Each Fuld Fellow will identify an area of social concern in nursing and
gain knowledge from multiple disciplines, such as public health, theology,
or law, and pursue that interest through special seminars as part of their
educational program. After three years of study, the fellows will graduate
with bachelor's and master's degrees. The Fuld gift also helps formalize
our service learning efforts (see next item), leading to new clinical
and research opportunities for students and faculty.
We are very fortunate
to have received funding to establish an Office of Service Learning, combining
our strong commitment to community service and the meaningful education
of students. Dr. Judith Lupo Wold, now in her second
year as a visiting scholar, is working with Dr. Madge Donnellan,
Dr. Susan Chase, Kathy Kite, and Ann Connor
to bring this initiative into being. Judith recently sent a questionnaire
to faculty to gather information on current service learning projects
and to assess interest in new opportunities.
The number of new BSN students
has risen this year, mirroring a national trend. The Class of 2004 has
78 students, of which 37.7% are second-degree students. Also, new MSN
enrollment stands at 73 students, over and above our average of 60 to
65 students. This increase is largely due to the fact that students are
taking advantage of the Courtesy Scholarship program for Emory employees
(10 credit hours per term tuition free) before it changes to a tuition
remission program (reimbursement for 80% of state tuition levels, up to
18 credits per year) on January 1, 2003. Finally, four new students have
entered the doctoral program, bringing the total number of PhD students
to 16. Our first class of PhD students will graduate next May.
The SON is in the black again! For
the second consecutive year, we've attained a balanced budget, thanks
to the efforts of Dr. Susan Eckert, associate dean for
business and finance, and her staff. Last year marked the first time in
a decade that the SON operated in the black. Everyone in the nursing school
deserves credit for keeping our school fiscally sound.
The Lillian Carter
Center for International Nursing (LCCIN), in collaboration with the CDC
and CARE, will conduct a "Nursing Workforce and Training Analysis for
Kenya." The three-year project is funded through a cooperative agreement
with the Association of Schools of Public Health and the CDC. During the
first year, the LCCIN will receive more than $150,000, with similar amounts
expected in subsequent years. The project has three goals: conducting
a nursing workforce assessment based on standardized computer data, promoting
collaboration between international workforce experts in nursing and health
care leaders in Kenya to improve the nursing workforce, and training nurse
leaders in health services research through evaluation of a CARE project
to prevent transmission of AIDS from expectant mother to infant. Dr.
Pamela McQuide, a postdoctoral fellow with the LCCIN, is the
PI for the grant. Also:
- In October, Anne Bavier and I traveled to Yonsei
University in South Korea, site of one of our new academic exchange
programs, to pay tribute to the late Dr. San Cho Chun,
66MN, who served as dean of Yonsei's nursing school for many years.
Nurses from institutions and health care facilities in the region attended
the memorial lecture I gave in her honor. We also hosted a reception
for all Emory alumni in Korea and met with the president of Yonsei,
all of which made for a memorable visit.
- The LCCIN is hosting several international visitors this year. Petra
ten Hoope-Bender of the Netherlands, secretary-general of the
International Confederation of Midwives, came to Emory in September,
followed by a delegation of 26 nursing leaders from the United Kingdom
and 40 nurses from Germany in October.
- Dr. Jean Yan, advisor for Human Resource Development
at the Caribbean Office of the Pan American Health Organization, initiated
a new partnership with the LCCIN that includes hosting a website for
nurses and other health professionals in the Caribbean. The LCCIN launched
Dr. Joyce Murray
has been appointed director of the Ethiopia Public Health Training Initiative
at The Carter Center. Joyce has been involved with this program for several
years. She regularly travels to Ethiopia to conduct workshops and consult
with faculty as they develop teaching methods and materials to educate
health sciences students who will staff new health centers throughout
that nation. Joyce's new role helps strengthen our Carter Center partnership
as she continues to serve on our faculty.
assistant director of academic affairs services, has taken her professional
development a giant leap forward by participating in Atlanta's Center
for Authentic Leadership. Brenda first took a three-day course, "Leadership
Intensive," in fall 1999. In January 2003, Brenda will complete a three-year
program, "Future Thinking." The course stresses living and working in
a natural way that maximizes one's talents and gifts and strengthens relationships
on the success of its software training program, the Office of Business,
Finance, and Research Administration plans to offer more of these courses
and new ones on stress management, time management, and research administration
for faculty and staff. Look for details at upcoming meetings and in e-mail
Dr. Linda Alley,
assistant professor (research), was awarded a four-year, $1.4 million
grant from NIH to support her research on "Pain, Opioids, and Sleep in
Cancer Patients." Also, Dr. Christi Deaton, assistant
professor, received a two-year, $136,000 award from the American Heart
Association for her study of "Management and Outcomes of Older Diabetic
Patients Undergoing Coronary Bypass Surgery." More awards for research
and training are expected, pending official notification.
faculty advisor to the Emory Student Nurses Association, accompanied 14
undergraduates to the 50th Annual Georgia Association of Nursing Students
convention in Augusta this fall. They returned bearing great news. Senior
Laura Yoho was elected president of the GANS membership
for 2002�2003. ESNA won the Chapter of the Year award. And a resolution
written by senior Anna Hess was adopted by the GANS for
presentation at the National Student Nurses' Association Convention in
Phoenix next spring. The resolution supports improving the safety of hospitalized
older adults through the reduced application of physical restraints.
Thanks to all of
you who made Alumni Weekend flow happily and smoothly. This year, we paid
tribute to the Class of 1952, whose members continue to delight and support
us in many ways. With their help, we raised $5,200 for student scholarships
on behalf of the Nurses Alumni Association. That's in addition to the
$100,000 we raised in 2001�2002 for the Annual Fund, which supports scholarships
and student programs. Another round of thanks goes to those who participated
in Family Weekend, including Dr. Elizabeth Capezuti,
who spoke to parents about her work to promote patient safety among elderly
In preparation for the
spring dedication of the Evans Center for Caring Skills, we invite faculty,
staff, and students to fill our walls with images (such as paintings,
photos, collages, and prints) and words (such as poems and essays) that
depict caring. "This is a great opportunity to express your creative side
with decorative works that convey a sense of caring and show the community
who we are," says Steve Ellwood, chair of the School
Life Committee, which is spearheading the exhibit project. He welcomes
your ideas at email@example.com.
Our technology team has consolidated
their offices to serve us more efficiently. Roy Emerson, web
developer, and Ernie Ince, desktop support, have moved
into the Instructional Technology suite on the first floor. They join
Steve Ellwood, Matt Freret, and Neko Harvey
in what is now known as the School of Nursing Technology Office.
On the second
floor, the Adjunct Commons Room (Room 242), has been made into two separate
spaces. The room was separated to create the Doctoral Student Room (Room
244), which is furnished with a conference table, comfortable furniture,
several PCs, and desks. Room 242 remains as the Adjunct Commons Room.
Here are some of the latest
faculty, staff, and student achievements.
- Drs. Maureen Kelley and Kathy Parker
are among the first 21 fellows named to the Woodruff Leadership Academy.
It is one of five strategic action areas targeted by Dr. Michael
Johns, director of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, to
advance the center's mission of "Making People Healthy."
- Dr. Patricia Clark received the Georgia Nurses Association
Researcher of the Year award at the GNA annual meeting in October. Pat
was honored for her outstanding efforts to strengthen families' ability
to care for chronically ill older adults, especially caregivers of stroke
- Hats off to faculty and staff who co-wrote the winning abstract "A
Family-Focused Intervention Is Effective in Reducing Dietary Sodium."
The Heart Failure Society of America recognized the abstract with its
annual Nursing Research Award. The authors were Dr. Sandra Dunbar
(PI), Dr. Patricia Clark, Dr. Christi Deaton, Danika Parchman,
and Marian (Chris) O'Brien from the SON; Dr.
Andrew Smith, director of the Emory Center for Heart Failure
Therapy; and Dr. Anindye De of the CDC.
- The Emory Well House held an October reception honoring Dr.
Madge Donnellan for her years of service in promoting health
and wellness in the Emory community. Madge has worked with the Well
House since 1992.
- The University of Kentucky College of Nursing presented Dr.
Laura Kimble with its 2002 Outstanding Alumnus Award for research
in October. The award recognizes her studies on how patients with coronary
artery disease manage their symptoms, particularly anginal chest pain.
- Lynn McCormack, 02MSN, is among the winners of the
first annual essay contest sponsored by the Center for Health in Aging
at Wesley Woods Center. At the October awards ceremony, Lynn and four
other students in medicine and public health each received $500 to support
activities related to geriatrics and aging. Lynn wrote her essay on
"What Is Needed to Improve Care of Older Adults." She is the new director
of nursing at Westbury Medical Care Home, a long-term care facility
in Jackson, Georgia.
- Dr. Kathy Parker is the first SON faculty member
to speak at the State of the Science Congress, a national conference
showcasing the latest developments in nursing science. She presented
"The Effects of Hemodialysis on Polysomnographic Measures of Nocturnal
Sleep" at the September meeting in Washington, DC. On November 2, Kathy
was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the highest
honor in our profession. The school now has eight members of this esteemed
body. They are Anne Bavier, Dr. Sandra Dunbar, Dr. Joyce Murray,
Dr. Elizabeth Capezuti, Professors Emeritus Elizabeth Sharp and Mary
Woody, and myself.
- Dr. Autumn Schumacher, postdoctoral fellow, has
been named the Hyundai Motor America/American Nurses Foundation Scholar
for 2002. This award supports her research on the nonlinear characteristics
of ventricular fibrillation. She is collaborating with Dr. Sandra
Dunbar and faculty in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of
Bioengineering at Emory and Georgia Tech.
- The American Red Cross has written a story about Dr. Linda
Spencer's volunteer work in Russia, including her August trip
to assess the Visiting Nurses Program in the Northern Caucasus, a region
devastated by civil war and other hardships. Her story appears on the
ARC website at www.redcross.org/news/in/health/021009nurses.html.
- One final note�I happen to be the only nurse serving on an Institute
of Medicine panel that is putting together recommendations on the future
of academic health science centers. I am proud to serve on this panel
as a representative of our school, our university, and our profession.
I'll keep you posted on our progress!
Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN