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Faculty, staff, and alumni revived the tradition of wearing hats to the Woodruff Tea during commencement weekend.


Associate Professor (clinical) Darla Ura (left) took center stage when she received the Emory Williams Teaching Award, presented by Dean Marla Salmon.



Commencement 2001

The sky was blue and the May temperature warm as the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing held its first diploma ceremony on the plaza of its new building.

Mary Lambert, 81MN, captured the spirit of the occasion during her commencement address. "What a glorious morning it is," she told graduates and guests.

She also left no doubt about how exciting and innovative the nursing profession can be. Lambert herself is a captain with the US Public Health Service and director of the Office of Military Liaison and Veterans Affairs in Washington (see related article in the story "Racially Motivated"). She also shared a story about FutureHealth, a small company in Maryland that works to keep at-risk patients healthy and thereby reduces health care costs. The founder and CEO of FutureHealth is a nurse.

"This nurse reasoned that if we can help patients with chronic illnesses stay healthy and out of the hospital, not only could money be saved for insurers and employers, but the quality of life for patients would be improved," said Lambert. "This is only one example of how nurses have and will continue to make a difference."

Lambert then issued these challenges to nurses: to continue learning, to recruit other nurses, to remain current in community and world events, to learn from mistakes, and to practice nursing based on compassion. "You have chosen well," she told graduates. "You have made the choice to lead and live a life of caring. I assure you, I guarantee you, you will make a difference."

Commencement was a day to recognize faculty and students for their accomplishments. Darla Ura, associate professor (clinical), received the Emory Williams Teaching Award, and Marcia McDonnell, assistant professor (clinical), was presented with the Teaching Scholar Award. Proud family members and friends looked on as graduates Maria Romani received the MSN Award for Clinical Excellence in Advanced Practice, and Rosemary Donnelly received the MSN Award for Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing. Three awards were presented to undergraduates Dallas Regan (the Cynthia C. Mallory Leadership Award), Eddie Gammill (the Ruth C. Kelly Award), and Karen Topel (The Associates' Silver Bowl Award).


Helen O'Shea (left), Barbara Fletcher, 72MN, and Kathy Parker, 77MN, were all smiles at the awards banquet during Alumni Weekend 2000.


Nurses Alumni Association Awards Top Honors

The Nurses Alumni Association (NAA) recognized three outstanding nurses during Alumni Weekend 2000.

The nursing school'
s own Kathy Parker, 77MN, received the Distinguished Nursing Achievement Award for distinction in research, teaching, and nursing practice. Parker is associate professor of nursing and coordinator of the Adult Medical-Surgical Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. She has 30 years of clinical nursing experience, including several years of nephrology practice at the VA Medical Center in Atlanta. Parker has focused much of her research on renal dialysis and has built a strong interdisciplinary relationship with the School of Medicine to advance her newer studies of the effects of hemodialysis on the sleep/wake cycle and the sleep/pain interface in the acute care setting.

The Award of Honor recognizes an alumnus who has rendered distinguished service to the NAA, to Emory, or to the nursing profession. The 2000 award was presented to Barbara Fletcher, 72MN, for her many contributions to exercise physiology and cardiac risk reduction. Fletcher currently is an adjunct professor in the Department of Nursing at the University of North Florida and a research nurse consultant with the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. She also practiced nursing for many years in Georgia, where she coordinated cardiac rehabilitation at Georgia Baptist Medical Center and the Emory Health Enhancement Program. Fletcher is credited with developing the advanced nursing practice role in cardiac rehabilitation. In this capacity, she expanded the concept of cardiac rehabilitation from tertiary and secondary prevention approaches to include primary prevention of heart disease.

The NAA also named Professor Helen O'Shea as an Honorary Alumnus for her immeasurable contributions to the School of Nursing for nearly 30 years. O'Shea is coordinator of the baccalaureate program and for the past three years has served as interim chair of the Department of Adult and Elder Health. She has held numerous administrative roles with the school, including director of the Office of Student Affairs. Many students look up to her as a role model, and this year's graduating class honored her by choosing her to present them with their nursing pins.



Academic Achievement

During Alumni Weekend 2000, the School of Nursing recognized Sandra Dunbar for her recent appointment as the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing. Dunbar is the first nursing professor to hold this honor, which is named for the son of Asa G. Candler, founder of Emory's Atlanta campus.



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