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Keeping in touch

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 abavier@emory.edu or Pam at pauchmu@emory.edu.

Top-notch addition

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!

New faculty

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 2000.


Five faculty members recently were appointed in the Department of Family and Community Nursing, now led by its new chair, Dr. Maureen Kelley. They are:
  • 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 programs.
  • 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.


Largest gift ever

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.

Model for service learning

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.

Enrollment profile

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.

In the black

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.

International partnerships

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 the website (www.rnb.nursing.emory.edu) last May.


Carter Center connection

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.

Professional development

Brenda Hascall, 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 with others.

Building 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 announcements.

Research roundup

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.

GANS kudos

Kathy Markowski, 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.

Alumni/Family Weekend a smash

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 adults.

Show your creative side

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 sellwoo@emory.edu.

Good housekeeping

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.

Nursing accolades

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 victims.
  • 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








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