Making Miss Lillian Proud

Linda McCauley, Dean, Nell Hodson Woodruff School of Nursing

When I became dean of the nursing school, I was struck by how so many of our programs allow faculty and students to go beyond traditional clinical settings to provide care to the poorest of the poor.

Emory nurses provide care everywhere—in health clinics and homeless shelters, on farms in Georgia, and in developing countries across the globe—all because of the values instilled in them through the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility.

The center's namesake—Miss Lillian Carter (1898-1983)—was known for her work as a public health nurse and change agent for social justice and health care. The Lillian Carter Center has stayed true to Miss Lillian's vision of care, and her legacy continues to inspire scores of Emory nurses to care for those most in need.

As we complete the 10th anniversary of the Lillian Carter Center, it is fitting to dedicate this issue of Emory Nursing to showing the center's impact and how we celebrated its first decade. In our cover story, you'll read about Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s visit to the School of Nursing, where he shared stories about his personal experience with Miss Lillian during an interactive session with our students. Mr. Kennedy also served as the keynote speaker for our anniversary event, which attracted more than 900 faculty, students, and community members.

Another story looks at our new immersion experience for accelerated BSN/MSN students—a dynamic program that takes them to sites in Georgia, West Virginia, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica to provide care to underserved communities.

In this issue, you'll also see how two of our doctoral students—Michelle Dynes and Valerie Mac—are contributing to important research in Ethiopia and Florida.

The school's success in global health and social responsibility is driven by our dedication to transforming health and healing through education, practice, and research. I hope you are as proud of the students, faculty, and alumni featured in this issue of Emory Nursing as I am. They represent the great strides being made by the Lillian Carter Center and the School of Nursing.


Linda A. McCauley, 79MN PhD RN FAAN FAAOHN
Dean and Professor

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