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  Winter 2011 Newsletter


Seven Emory Nurses Receive Nurse of the Year Awards

School Launches New Website for Alumni and Friends

Lillian Carter Center Marks 10 Years of Nursing Outreach

Alumni spotlight

Speed Mentoring: A Fast Way to Great Connections

Nursing School Hosts Largest Homecoming Weekend in Recent History

UPcoming events

Harriet Harper Willians McDonald Memorial Service, January 21, 11 a.m. Click here to RSVP.

School of Nursing Health Care Career Fair, January 30,
11 a.m. Click here for more details.

Every year, Emory alumni open their homes to students for small dinner parties--called Dinner with 12 Strangers. This year's parties will be held from Feb. 17-19. Click here for more details and to sign up as a host.

Virginia Lee Franklin Memorial Conference: Psychiatric Manifestations of Physical Illnesses, February 17, 7:15 a.m. Approved for 4 contact hours. Click here to register online.

Recent headlines

Associate Professor Susan Bauer-Wu discusses Mindfulness Meditation on Fox 5 Atlanta

Associate Dean Kenneth Hepburn Comments on the Role of Caregivers on CBS Atlanta

Assistant Professor Ursula Kelly featured in Emory Health Magazine for her work with Veterans

Dr. Susan Shapiro Discusses Research on Newborn Rewarming for the Emory Wheel








Seven Emory Nurses Receive Nurse of the Year Awards

Judith Wold  
Judith Wold at the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.  

Seven Emory nurses were honored this year by the March of Dimes for excellence in nursing care during its Nurse of the Year awards ceremony hosted by Grady Health System.

More than 450 individuals attended the second annual event that recognized nurses who embody leadership, compassion, and excellence in patient care across all specialties, and 16 nurses were honored, including two Emory Healthcare nurses and five Emory School of Nursing alumni:

Debra Barker, Emory Healthcare
Category: Critical Care

Judy Gretz, Emory Healthcare
Category: Women’s Health

Carolynn DeSandre 99MN, North Georgia College & State University
Category: Advanced Practice

Ora Douglass 91MN, Atlanta VA Medical Center
Category: Hospice, Home Health & Pallative Care

Alice Kerber 85MN, Saint Joseph's
Category: Oncology

Thomas Flynn 10N, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Category: Rising Star

Judith Wold 81 MN, Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Category: Public Health

"The Nurse of the Year awards honor nurses in Atlanta who are truly committed to the nursing profession and improving the health of their patients," said Linda A. McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of Emory's School of Nursing. "We are proud to salute these Emory nurses, who have each had a profound impact on the health care delivery system."

The Nurse of the Year selection committee reviewed hundreds of applications across 16 categories ranging from Home Health and Palliative Care to NICU and Critical Care disciplines. Nearly 200 finalists emerged, all representing the March of Dimes vision for a healthier, stronger generation of babies and families.

“Nurses play an incredibly critical role in our community. They are truly unsung medical heroes of the healthcare field and we join the world in saluting them,” said Sheila Ryan, March of Dimes State Director.



School Launches New Website for Alumni and Friends

  New Alumni Website
  Visit the new nursing alumni and friends website at

Nursing alumni and friends will now be greeted with a new webpage when they visit the School of Nursing’s website. The new page, which launched in December, has a vibrant look and features enhanced content including photo galleries, student profiles, donor information, and campus news. The site also integrates social media tools and provides news feeds to keep alumni and friends informed about news and events at Emory.

“We hope the new alumni site will help the more than 6,000 nursing alumni and friends stay connected with the school through events and volunteer opportunities,” said Elizabeth Powell, associate director of alumni relations for the nursing school.

In addition to the new website, the School’s Facebook page is updated daily to offer the latest news, event announcements and starting this November – career opportunities. Every Monday, the School will post career opportunities available to alumni and students. Make sure you “Like” the School of Nursing Facebook page now so you don’t miss any updates.

For more information about the new online offerings for nursing alumni, visit



Lillian Carter Center Marks 10 Years of Nursing Outreach

Peggy Bartlett, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Linda McCauley  
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the 10th Anniversary reception. Pictured with Dean Linda McCauley, 79MN, PhD, RN, FAAN (right) and Professor Peggy Bartlett (left).  

The Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility (formerly the Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing) commemorated its 10th Anniversary with a weeklong celebration in November. All events reflected the purpose of this center, focusing on the theme of global health, leadership, scholarship, and social responsibility.

"Our center has touched the lives of so many people across the world," said Director Martha Rogers. "The 10-year anniversary is the perfect time to announce the center's new name and reflect on its many accomplishments as we forge ahead with our mission to transform health and healing on a global scale."

Through the Lillian Carter Center, Emory nursing faculty and students have provided critical nursing care to thousands of people by:

• Treating more than 15,000 farm workers and their children in Moultrie, Ga., through the Farm Worker Family Health Program since 1994;

• Working with underserved populations in Jamaica, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic through the Alternative Break Program for students;

• Strengthening the delivery of maternal and newborn health services in Ethiopia;

• Enhancing the health care workforce in Zimbabwe and Kenya; and

• Offering health care in clinics for vulnerable populations across Atlanta.

The celebration ended with a keynote presentation from environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., which attracted more than 900 Emory faculty, staff, students, and members from the Atlanta community. In a public lecture on "Our Environmental Destiny," Kennedy discussed the role that natural resources play in our work, our health, and our identity as Americans.

Emory nursing students also had a special opportunity to attend an exclusive conversation with Kennedy about the Lillian Carter Center's key tenets: global leadership, scholarship and social responsibility. This private event was led by the nursing school's Fuld Fellows.

Click here to see a slideshow from the anniversary events.



Speed Mentoring: A Fast Way to Make Great Connections

  Tommy Flynn
  Alumnus Tommy Flynn 10N connects with students at a recent speed mentoring event.

On November 14, the Nurses' Alumni Association (NAA) held a successful fall Speed Mentoring event. The event was organized so that nursing alumni met with students in an atmosphere that resembles speed dating, except the nursing students rotated to different alumni to ask questions and hear from alumni from a variety of career fields.

Both students and alumni enjoyed participating in the event. One alumna noted that her favorite part of the event was meeting the students and seeing their enthusiasm for nursing. While a student participant commented that hearing all of the opportunities available to students once they graduate really energized her.

The NAA Student-to-Alumni Committee plans Speed Mentoring events each semester. If you are interested in learning more about the event and participating as a mentor in the future, email or fill out the volunteer opportunities interest form.



School Hosts Largest Homecoming Weekend in Recent History

NAA Award Winners  
2011 Alumni Award Winners: (from left) Berta Laney, Judith Wold, Anjli Hinman, and Pam Melbourne.  

More than 150 alumni and friends returned to the School of Nursing to celebrate Emory’s Homecoming Weekend on September 23-24, 2011.

During the weekend, nursing alumni celebrated their school spirit through a variety of activities at what became the largest School of Nursing Homecoming Weekend in recent history.

Participants kicked off the weekend at the Global Service Photo Exhibit and Reception. The display showcased photos of students and alumni volunteering both locally and internationally. Following the exhibit, more than 110 people enjoyed the Nurses’ Alumni Awards dinner and celebration honoring alumni and friends who have made remarkable achievements in nursing.

Winners included Pam Melbourne 89MN for the Distinguished Nursing Achievement Award, Judith Wold 81MN for the Award of Honor, Anjli Hinman 06N 08MN for the Recent Graduate Award, and James and Berta Laney for the Honorary Alumni Award. Click here to read about the accomplishments and leadership of this year’s winners.

The festivities continued on Saturday with a tour of the School, where alumni were able to see the state-of-the-art facilities including the multifaceted simulation lab, while also reminiscing about the past captured in the photos on display. Following the tour, guests heard from students and faculty involved in service learning. Then they enjoyed music from the “Vocal Chords,” a band established by nursing students, at a BBQ lunch co-hosted with the School of Medicine followed by a university-wide concert featuring the band, “Five for Fighting.”

Saturday concluded with a special evening for reunion classes held at the School of Nursing where alumni dined with their reunion class to reconnect with old friends and share updates. Classes of 1951, 1956, 1971, 1981, 1986, 1996, 2001 and 2006 all celebrated reunions with the School of Nursing throughout the weekend. Click here for a slideshow of the weekend’s events.



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