The Nurses Station

In this episode, hosts Alexis Dunn, Tim Cunningham, Carolyn Clevenger, and Roxana Chicas discuss racism and diversity in healthcare. It's a detailed, nuanced and emotional topic. Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing alumnus Donte Flanagan also joins the show.

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About the Show

The Nurses Station is a bi-weekly podcast for nurses and nursing students. Join our hosts to discuss current events in nursing, life as a nurse and misconceptions about the profession. Season one topics include nursing education, race and racism in healthcare, COVID-19, infant and maternal health, and much more! Follow The Nurses Station on social media to share your thoughts and ideas for future shows.   

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Meet the Hosts

Carolyn K. Clevenger DNP, RN, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, FGSA

Dr. Clevenger, gerontological nurse practitioner, is the Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Partnerships at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She is a nationally recognized educational leader in advanced practice nursing and in geriatrics and gerontology. She is a Past President of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the Gerontological Society of America, and contributor to the AANP Certification Program. She is Clinical Director of the nurse-led patient centered medical home for people living with dementia, the Integrated Memory Care Clinic (IMCC). IMCC represents an innovative clinical model that provides memory and primary care in a single integrated model for people living with dementia and their care partners.

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Alexis Dunn, PhD, CNM


Alexis B. Dunn, PhD, CNM is a research assistant professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, where she conducts research investigating the relationships between health behaviors, inflammatory mechanisms, and adverse pregnancy outcomes among high risk populations. She is a certified nurse midwife who works in a variety of professional roles within the academic, hospital, and outpatient clinical setting. She currently serves in both a research and teaching capacity within the school of nursing, through which she is able to share her passion for clinical excellence as it relates to primary care, perinatal, and postpartum care of women. Dr. Dunn is actively involved as the current Vice President of the GA Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives, in which she actively participates on several committees focused on improving the health of women and families in Georgia.

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Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, FAAN

Tim Cunningham, DrPH, MSN, RN, never thought he would become a nurse. His first passion was in the performing arts—theatre, clown, dance and acrobatics. He worked as an actor for nearly a decade in various regional theatres in the U.S. and internationally. It was through those experiences that he began work with Clowns without Borders (CWB) in 2003. A small non-profit, CWB sends professional artists into war zones, refugee camps and other zones of crisis with the simple mission of catalyzing laughter and playfulness. Cunningham has performed in more than 20 countries outside of the U.S. with the clowns, served for five years as the executive director of CWB and now sits on their Board of Directors. It was working as a clown in a pediatric ward in pre-earthquake Haiti and then joining the ranks of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Program at Boston Children’s Hospital that inspired Cunningham to study nursing.

In 2009, he began work as an emergency/trauma nurse. Cunningham has worked at the UVA Health System, Children’s National Medical Center and New York Presbyterian, Cornell, in both adult and pediatric emergency. He has worked internationally as a clinician in post-earthquake Haiti, Sierra Leone, during the Ebola outbreak with the organization, Partners in Health, and most recently with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

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Roxana Chicas, PhD, BSN

Roxana Chicas is a postdoctoral fellow at Emory School of Medicine. She received her BSN and PhD from Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. As a bilingual and bicultural nurse scientist, her research focus is on environmental exposures and occupational health hazards among immigrant agricultural workers. She aims to understand factors that contribute to variation in occupational-induced indicators of heat stress, acute kidney injury, and examine interventions for the preservation of health and enhancement of work performance.

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