Monday night an informal think tank of Georgia's nursing leaders honored three of their colleagues who serve as presidents of three of the four major national nursing leadership organizations. Georgia nurse leaders represent 75 percent of the top leadership for these groups dedicated to addressing the nursing shortage as well as workforce and policy issues for the profession.
The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University hosted the celebration on Monday night in honor of Emory nursing professor Joyce P. Murray, EdD, RN, FAAN, who is president of the National League for Nursing (NLN). The other honorees included Jean Bartels, PhD, RN, chair of the School of Nursing at Georgia Southern University, who is president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and Marilyn A. Bowcutt, RN, MSN, vice president of patient services for Augusta's University Hospital, who is president-elect of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).
Emory nursing dean, Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN, believes this is the first time that three of the national organization presidents all hail from the same state and is a testament to the collaboration of nursing leaders in Georgia across the areas of policy, education and practice.
The think tank of senior level nursing leaders, who call themselves the Mary Mac Mavens, have been working together informally to address Georgias shortage of nurses and other key health issues affecting the state. The group adopted their name from Mary Macs Tea Room, where they have been meeting over fried chicken and collard greens for more than four years. The Atlanta landmark is the groups place of choice because Dr. Judith Lupo Wold, one of the Mavens founders, former director of the School of Nursing at Georgia State University and Emory nursing alumna, is the daughter of legendary Mary Macs owner Ms. Margaret Lupo.