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  Spring 2012 Newsletter


Nursing Alumni and Faculty Receive Unsung Heroine Awards

Save the Date for Homecoming Weekend: September 28-30

School of Nursing Receives Prestigious NIH Grant

Nursing Named Best Job of 2012 in Latest Poll

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UPcoming events

Speed Mentoring - Student and Alumni Program, April 9, 5:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to sign up as an alumni mentor.

2012 Hugh P. Davis Lecture, Community Nursing and Urban Planning with UCSF School of Nursing Dean David Vlahov, April 16, 4:30 p.m.Click here to register.

Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Conference, April 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Registration is free, and CEUs will be provided. Click here to register.

Candlelight Crossover, May 10, 7:30 p.m., Click here to register.

Class of 1962 Reunion Weekend, May 12-14, Click here to register.

Recent headlines

Elizabeth Corwin, PhD, RN Appointed Associate Dean for Research

Deborah Watkins Bruner, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Woodruff Professor of Nursing, comments on cancer students for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Susan Shapiro, PhD, RN, Discusses Research on Newborn Rewarming for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ann Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN, Offers Tips for Coping with Daylight Savings Time for Health Digest

Drenna Waldrop-Valverde, PhD, Shares the Toll HIV/AIDS Takes on African Americans








Nursing Alumnae and Faculty Receive Unsung Heroine Awards

2012 Unsung Heroine Award Winners  
Alumnae Ana Lynn Tesh 99MN, Mary Cahill 92MN, Pam Pomar 04MN, and Susan Lomax 99MN (left to right)  

Each year the Center for Women at Emory celebrates women who have made an impact at Emory and in the community through its annual Unsung Heroine Awards. Four nursing alumnae and one faculty member were recognized for their extraordinary contributions to advancing women and children.

The 15th Annual Unsung Heroine Awards honored:

Mary Cahill, Pam Pomar, Ana Lynn Tesh and Susan Lomax, alumnae honorees   
Emory School of Nursing graduates Mary Cahill 92MN, Pam Pomar 04MN, Ana Lynn Tesh 99MN, and Susan Lomax 99MN are the cornerstones of Nuestros Ninos/Our Kids Pediatrics, a thriving Cobb County health care practice founded by Cahill to serve the children of Latino immigrants, many of whom found it difficult to receive pediatric care without private or government-sponsored health insurance. The women all came to the field of nursing as non-traditional students and taught themselves Spanish in order to better serve their patients.

Ursula Kelly, faculty honoree
Kelly, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, is among a handful of researchers and clinicians focusing on the treatment of female veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and sexual trauma. Along with this work, Kelly has conducted extensive research on intimate partner violence, and she studies traumatic resilience in women, looking at the differences in patients who are able to overcome trauma more quickly than others.



Save the Date for Homecoming 2012: September 28-30

  Nursing Alumni During Homecoming 2011
  Alumni Jennifer Bowen, Susie Reynolds, Donte Flanagan, Michelle Sariev, and Suzanne White at Homecoming 2011. Click here to see photo galleries from last year's events.

Come visit your alma mater and catch up with your classmates. Weekend highlights include the Nurses' Alumni Association (NAA) Awards Dinner & Celebration, building tours, a student and faculty panel discussion, reunion celebrations for class years ending in 2 and 7, and more. If you would like to help plan your reunion, please contact us at 404-727-8735 or For event details and updates, visit

During homecoming, the NAA presents four nursing awards to alumni: the Award of Honor, the Distinguished Nursing Achievement Award, the Recent Graduate Award, and the Honorary Alumni Award. Click here to nominate a classmate. All nominations must be submitted by May 15, 2012.   



School of Nursing Receives Prestigious NIH Grant

Sandra Dunbar, DSN, RN, FAAN, FAHA  
Sandra Dunbar, PhD, RN, FAAN, will serve as the principal investigator.  

Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to train nurse scientists to develop innovative clinical interventions for patients with chronic illnesses.  

Emory is one of 17 nursing schools in the country to receive this competitive nurse training grant.  

"Receiving this NIH grant demonstrates a level of research excellence that most nursing schools aspire to achieve," says Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. "This grant underscores the pivotal role nurses play in addressing today's most complex health issues through research."  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases cause seven out of every 10 deaths in the United States and are among the most costly and preventable health problems. This grant will help nurse researchers address this growing epidemic by launching an interprofessional training and mentoring program to prepare nurse scientists for the challenges of translating scientific research for chronically ill patients.   

Led by internationally-recognized cardiovascular nursing expert Sandra Dunbar, DSN, RN, FAAN, FAHA, this innovative program will train 18 predoctoral and postdoctoral nursing scholars over the next five years.  

"With the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, it has become even more important to develop a cadre of nurse scholars who can reduce the burden of chronic illnesses through prevention and self-management," says Dunbar, who also serves as associate dean for academic advancement at Emory's School of Nursing. "This program will provide early career nurse scientists with the knowledge and skills needed to advance clinical research to improve quality of life and other outcomes for patients and their families." 

This new program will begin training nurse researchers in July 2012.



Nursing Named Best Job of 2012 in Latest Poll

  11Alive Segment

Emory's School of Nursing Featured in NBC 11Alive Report. Click here to view the report.

U.S. News and World Report recently released its rankings of the 25 best jobs of 2012. The rankings are made by comparing projected job growth up to the year 2020 with the current employment rates. Nursing received the top spot.

According to Michael Wolf, an economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one of the reasons the nursing profession will gain nearly 712,000 positions this decade is because it's such an expansive profession, period.

Emory nursing student Vincenza Pimpinella 12N recently discussed the job outlook for graduating nursing students in an interview on NBC 11Alive.

Other jobs that were listed among the best jobs of the year were software developers, pharmacists, medical assistants, and database administrators.



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