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Dean Marla Salmon

 

A Monument to Caring

During the past few months, as we moved into our new building for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and prepared for its dedication this spring, we have sensed a beauty here that goes beyond physical appearance. I’m not sure that we really understood why until one of our staff members raised a very important question: “What are we dedicating this building to?” We have since become explicit in our answers.

First, and perhaps most important, this building is dedicated to the vision, spirit, and commitment of Nell Hodgson Woodruff. More than ever, our school and our new building embody a belief that Mrs. Woodruff held throughout her life: that nursing is special, particularly at Emory.

Second, we dedicate this building to our students and their education. It is designed to welcome and support current, past, and future students who have chosen nursing as a career and an avenue for making a difference in the lives of others.

Third, we dedicate this building to the school’s 97-year history and those whose leadership and commitment provide the foundation on which we build today and tomorrow.

Fourth, we dedicate this building to our faculty and staff. It is through their work that we have and will continue to discover better ways to care, teach, and practice nursing. Our faculty and staff are the ongoing life of the school, and this building brings them together with students in all phases of our work—research, teaching, and service. We are enriched by the partnerships that this building fosters with our colleagues and collaborators in the Rollins School of Public Health, through their proximity and the ways in which we share resources.

We also dedicate this building to those who have planned and created it and our many friends and alumni who have helped make it and our school possible. They have provided the means to construct a spectacular building, and their spirit and generosity are embedded in this structure and the work that we do here.

There is one additional purpose to which we dedicate this building. It is a monument to caring and its importance within society, the university, and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center. It is also the place in which the art and science of caring will be advanced through the efforts of all who work here. I doubt there has ever been another building that is better loved than this one.

Marla Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN
Dean, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

 

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