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Media Contact: Amy Comeau 14 July 2006    
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Distinguished Professor, Sue Donaldson, Joins Emory School of Nursing
Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN, dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, announced the appointment of Sue K. Donaldson, PhD, RN, FAAN, as Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Science. In this newly created position, Dr. Donaldson will have a primary tenured appointment in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and a secondary appointment with the Department of Physiology in Emory School of Medicine.

"Dr. Donaldson comes to us with an outstanding record as a leader in the development of research in nursing nationally and globally," says Dean Salmon. "Her appointment comes at a particularly important time for the school as the university moves forward with a new strategic plan and a specific emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration."

With a research background in physiology, nursing and patient care, Dr. Donaldson will help advance interdisciplinary training and research opportunities for nurses in the basic sciences, and will enhance interdisciplinary research between the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine and the basic sciences. In addition, her expertise as a senior scientist will complement the current work of the school's research program. Specifically, she will head up a new initiative for the school called "Transforming Nursing's Engagement in Science," which seeks to advance nursing as an interdisciplinary and collaborative science that is fully interfaced with the other health sciences, basic sciences and biomedical engineering.

"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to join such a distinguished institution and faculty," says Dr. Donaldson, who came to Emory on July 1. "I look forward to collaborating with my Emory colleagues to facilitate and develop interdisciplinary science programs across university divisions."

Dr. Donaldson is one of an elite corps of nurses who have been elected to the Institute of Medicine (including Emory nursing dean Marla Salmon) and has received numerous honors and awards in nursing. She comes to Emory having served as a full professor in both the schools of nursing and medicine at Johns Hopkins University, as well as serving as dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing from 1994 to 2001. During her tenure as dean, Dr. Donaldson created the infrastructure needed to support the school's developing research program and implemented its first doctoral programs.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University is recognized as a leader in the preparation of students for beginning and advanced practice nursing. Graduates of the school's programs are at the forefront in leadership, serving as role models for excellence in nursing practice throughout the world. The School of Nursing is committed to improving care and nursing leadership through its key values of scholarship, leadership and social responsibility. To learn more, visit or call 404-727-7980.

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