You, Mom and Dad
As many of you know, my father passed away unexpectedly last spring. He was a wonderful person and one of the last old-time country doctors. He and my mother, Marceline Adamson Salmon, RN, practiced together for decades in our rural community. They were wonderful role models and certainly helped shape my own views of the world of health care.
My mother, who was my great inspiration in nursing, preceded my father in death. (She also inspired my daughter, who is also a nurse). Since last spring, I've given a great deal of thought to their work and legacy. One conclusion I've drawn from my reflections is that we in nursing have many important partners in our lives and our work. Whether it's our partners in practice, particularly the physicians and others with whom we deliver care, or those key people in our private lives, these "partners in caring" make it possible for us to do what we do.
Because of the deep regard that I have for the partnerships that make caring possible—and because of my great love for my mother and father—I've established Emory's Nursing Partners in Caring Fund.
More than 95% of our nursing students receive financial aid, and this fund will provide qualified individuals the financial opportunity to become one of our nursing students. This and many other important initiatives to help students pay for their education will be a major priority in the university's upcoming fundraising campaign. You can read more about the Partners in Caring Fund and some examples of inspiring partners in this issue of Emory Nursing.
I see each of you as such important partners in the development of our students, our service to others, and the research that enables nurses to provide even better care. Thanks to each of you, and thanks to the many of you who have contributed in my parents' honor.
Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN