Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing's centennial celebration is full of surprises and unique opportunities for Emory's nursing students. The first is on Thursday, February 24 at 2:15 p.m., when former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will hold a casual, town hall-style meeting with current Emory nursing students to discuss public service and the school's centennial theme, "The Future of Caring. Now."
Prior to the meeting, President Carter will tour the school's state-of-the-art facility and visit the Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing, which he dedicated in 2001. At that time, he was honored as the Center's first Fellow and was named an Honorary Nurse by the Emory School of Nursing.
Named after President Carter's mother, the Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing enhances the impact of nursing globally through targeted international academic exchanges, partnerships, fostering scholarship, forums to explore issues relating to the global supply, demand, distribution and quality of the nursing workforce worldwide and increasing access to training and education.
"We are delighted that President Carter will visit with our students," says nursing school Dean Marla Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN, "He holds a very special place in the school as the first Fellow of the Lillian Carter Center. At the Center's dedication, he shared wonderfully moving and inspiring stories about his mother's work as a Peace Corps nurse and how nurses have influenced his life. We look forward to his sharing these stories, as well as his experiences working with vulnerable populations across the globe, with our students."
With the centennial theme "The Future of Caring. Now." the Emory School of Nursing seeks to use its 100th anniversary to honor and celebrate the past that has become the school's foundation; showcase the vision, mission, programs and talent that will give form and substance to the school's next 100 years; celebrate the Centennial Class of 2005 and the Class of 2006 -- the first class of the school's second century; recognize the school's achievements and contributions to health care; launch the Centennial Fund to support scholarships and new initiatives; and further establish the school as an international leader in education, research and clinical practice.
The next centennial event is "The Future of Caring Centennial Lecture Series," focusing on issues and topics relating to advances and innovations in care. The next lecture in the series is "Understanding and Improving Global Health," by Sue Hegyvary, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, an Emory nursing alumna and professor and dean emeritus of the School of Nursing at the University of Washington, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2.