A worthy trio

NAA award winners Jennifer Williams, Susan Grant, and Chip Bailey

NAA award winners Jennifer Williams, Susan Grant, and Chip Bailey.

The recipients of the 2009 Nurses’ Alumni Association (NAA) awards include a professor at the forefront of nursing scholarship and research, a rising leader in women’s health, and an Emory administrator who guided the nursing school through a major transition.

Distinguished Nursing Achievement Award

Through his research at Duke University School of Nursing, Donald (Chip) Bailey Jr. 89MN is generating new knowledge to manage the psychosocial care for patients undergoing watchful waiting for chronic disease and revising leadership roles in long-term care to improve care quality. Bailey is an associate professor and a senior fellow with Duke’s Center of Aging and Human Development and leads the school’s accelerated BSN program.

Award of Honor

Jennifer Williams 96N 01MN/MPH is a rising leader in women’s health and a committed nursing alumni leader. She served several years on the NAA Board and led the group as president in 2005–2006. Currently, Williams is an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the CDC and holds the rank of commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. Since joining the CDC in 2001, she has been regularly assigned to the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, where she conducts research and provides education for women and health care providers in preventing birth defects.

Honorary Alumni Award

As chief nursing officer for Emory Healthcare, Susan Grant championed a partnership with the nursing school to develop innovative teaching and research initiatives. As interim dean of nursing, Grant helped see the school through its 10-year accreditation review and co-chaired the search for Dean Linda McCauley. In her ongoing role as associate dean for clinical leadership, Grant helps implement quality and safety initiatives such as the Dedicated Education Unit, which pairs seasoned staff nurses with nursing students to provide them with real-world experience at the bedside (see story "A Day in the DEU").

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