Dean Marla Salmon has announced the appointment of Kathy P. Parker PhD, RN, FAAN and Jo Ann Dalton, EdD, RN, FAAN as the Edith F. Honeycutt Chairs in Nursing at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.
The Honeycutt chairs were established in 1990 through an endowment gift from the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta in honor of Edith F. Honeycutt, 39N. Honeycutt was one of the first oncology nurses to practice at Emory and in Georgia and was the private nurse to Atlanta philanthropist and Coca-Cola magnate Robert Woodruff and his family. A long-time active alumna and supporter of the University and the School, she received the University's highest alumni honor, the Emory Medal, in 1997, and in 2004 the School honored her with an Honorary Bachelors of Science in Nursing.
Both Honeycutt chairs embody the esprit and dedication to nursing, as did Honeycutt in developing the art of caring for critically ill patients at the bedside. "Awarding the Honeycutt Chairs to Kathy and Jo Ann is our way of recognizing their special qualities and paying tribute to Edith for her many contributions to nursing practice and education," says Emory nursing dean, Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN.
Dr. Parker has pioneered the study of symptoms and chronic disease from a multidimensional mechanistic perspective, and in 2001 established the Center for Research on Symptoms, Symptom Interactions, and Health Outcomes, one of nine exploratory nursing research centers funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research.
"This center would not be possible without Kathy's vision," says Dean Salmon. "Her contributions to research, clinical practice and education are outstanding and have raised the visibility of the nursing school on many levels."
Dr. Dalton, an expert in pain management, worked with a hematology oncologist who made her more aware of the difficulties in managing pain for cancer patients. "I saw this as an area where nursing could make a difference," she says. Eventually, Dalton set up an ambulatory care center and later co-founded the North Carolina Pain Initiative to promote education about pain management.
Dean Salmon says, "Dr. Dalton's expertise in pain management, particularly with respect to those with cancer, comes at a very important time for our school as we advance our initiatives in Oncology Nursing."
A reception honoring Drs. Parker and Dalton and Mrs. Honeycutt is scheduled for 5:30 PM on Wednesday, November 17th at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.