US ING OUR VOICE
A NNUA L R EPOR T 2023
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C EN T ER OF E XC EL L ENC E The 2023 Annual Report is published by the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (nursing.emory.edu), a component of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University. © 2023 Dean and Professor Linda A. McCauley 79MN, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN Chief Engagement Officer Tricia Benson 86MN Senior Director of Communications and Marketing/Editor Melanie Kieve Director of Communications and Marketing Lauren Powers
Art and Creative Director Erica Endicott Photography Contributors Emory Photo Video, Tanvir Bakther, The Grad Team, Lauren Liz Photo, Jack Kearse, Philips, The Recording Service, Parker Clayton Smith, Thomas Jefferson University
2023 was a momentous year
for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. As we continued our enrollment and research trajectory and expanded our work alongside underserved communities, U.S. News & World Report ranked our master’s degree programs No. 1 in the nation, and several of our other programs earned top rankings. I am proud of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and partners, whose commitment made these achievements possible. As I took a moment to reflect on this exciting year, I realized that it could only be a moment — because there remains much to do. I asked myself, “As a highly regarded school of nursing, how can we use our voice to contribute to a health care system that needs excellent nurses, now more than ever?” This annual report is a snapshot of how we strive to do just that through our steady growth and our support of school community members, who use their voices to advance health and well-being daily. We hope you will enjoy reading this report, which shares these voices and outlines our collective accomplishments. We are thankful for our colleagues across the nation and our donors and partners, as our work together is of the utmost importance to individuals, families, and entire communities. We are honored to work alongside you.
Linda A. McCauley 79MN, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN Dean and Professor Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
E NROLLM ENT
By the Numbers 1,373
T O TA L
10 MA STER IN
C ARDIOVA SCUL AR PERF USION SCIENCE
33 PHD 206 DNP
347 MSN/POSTGRADUATE CER TIFIC ATE
57% STUDENT AGE
44% 24 and under 35% 25-30 13% 31-39 8% 40 and up
students from historically underrepresented groups GEOGRAPHIC REGION
NOR THE A ST
26 COUNTRIE S REPRE SENTED IN STUDENT BODY *
Bahamas Canada China Colombia Costa Rica Germany Ghana
Guatemala India Indonesia Iran Italy Japan Kenya
SOUTHE A ST
Malaysia Mexico Nepal Netherlands Nigeria Pakistan Senegal
South Korea Switzerland Tanzania Venezuela Vietnam
* Some students from these countries are dual citizens or permanent U.S. residents.
enrollment growth over five years
Enrollment Growth FI VE-YE AR ENROLLMENT TREND
TARGE T ENROLLMENT
Home to the first AI-based patient simulator with conversational speech
Scholars and Fellows
IN THE WORLD
COVERDELL FELLOW Awarded to students who served as Peace Corps Volunteers and continue to work with underserved communities
F ULD PALLIATI VE C ARE FELLOW S Awarded to students interested in becoming palliative care nurse leaders
F ULD SERVICE LE ARNING FELLOW S Awarded to Accelerated MN Pathway to MSN students with a special commitment to social responsibility
NELL FELLOW S Awarded to recent School of Nursing alumni/Emory Healthcare clinical staff nurses for continued nursing education
VE TERANS AFFAIRS NURSING AC ADEMIC PAR TNERSHIP SCHOL ARS Awarded to students interested in working with U.S. veterans as nurses and nurse practitioners
WOODRUFF SCHOL ARS Awarded to select undergraduates as the signature scholarship of the Emory Scholars Program
Honors and Inductions
BSN honors students
BSN/MN students inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
By the Numbers SIMUL ATION
CLINIC AL PL ACEMENTS
learner contact hours
clinical placement sites
AI-based patient simulator
SHARING M Y VOICE
through Student Leadership Several of the school organizations I participate in focus on minority and other overlooked populations. Being in those activities has given me the chance to develop my passion for maternal health and health disparities – and helped me gain the skills and confidence that I know will help me as a future nurse.
KENADEE O’NE AL 22OX 24BSN Student Ambassador, Emory Black Nurses Student Organization vice president, Emory University Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health member, BSN Honors Program participant
NOTABLE A new
program called Nursing Excellence Scholarship and Technology (NEST) provides students with tools and resources for student flourishing and academic success. The school has also hired two embedded clinical therapists to support students in their personal and professional journeys.
Lillian Carter Center Service Learning FALL 2022-SUMMER 2023
STUDENT PAR TICIPANTS
CLINIC AL/COMMUNITY HOURS
Cabin Creek, West Virginia
Colquitt County, Georgia
Farm Worker Family Health Program
University of Rwanda
IMMERSION COMMUNITY PAR TNERS
Visiting Nurse Health System
FINDING M Y VOICE
through Service Learning “I knew I wanted to be a part of the Farmworker Family Health Program if I had the opportunity. My mom came from a migrant family who worked in the fields of California, so I was eager to help workers by being able to educate and advocate for them. It was great to be part of a program that allows workers to get what they need the most to do their jobs every day in the best way possible.”
BRANDON MAGNO 22MN 23MSN Participant in the Farmworker Family Health Program, which provides health screenings and clinical care to migrant farmworkers and families in south Georgia
NOTABLE Opened last year, the Emory Nursing
Learning Center provides students with worldclass simulation spaces and excellent dining and entertainment opportunities in downtown Decatur, Ga.
FA C ULT Y AND STA F F
By the Numbers 335
* Number includes ranked voting faculty, senior clinical instructors, and clinical instructors.
POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW S
faculty holding distinguished fellowships
faculty inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing
faculty holding two or more distinguished fellowships
faculty in the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
Faculty members Jill Hamilton 21MRPL, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAACE (center), and Nicholas Giordano PhD, RN, FAAN (right), with colleague Kayoll Gyan, PhD, RN, from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, at the recent American Academy of Nursing meeting.
AMPLIF Y ING OUR V OICE through Professional Engagement I am constantly amazed by our faculty’s investment of time and energy into state, regional, national and international professional organizations. From serving as featured speakers and leading workshops to developing policies and receiving awards, these faculty members advance health and contribute to the nursing landscape in immeasurable ways.
KIM DUPREE JONES 89MSN, PHD, RN, FNP, FAAN Associate Dean of Academic Advancement
NOTABLE Jennifer Adamski, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN,
FCCM (below), is president-elect of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, and Shawana Moore, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, PNAP, FAAN (right), is chair of National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health.
R E S E A R CH
growth in total research funding
TOTAL RE SE AR CH F UNDING*
growth in new research funding
NE W RE SE AR CH F UNDING* 20M
Thompson, PhD, MS, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, received the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing’s 2023 Episteme Laureate Award, one of nursing science’s most significant honors. She was honored for her research on developing interventions to reduce household air pollution exposure among populations with poor access to health care.
Thompson (third from right) with Guatemalan nurses on her research team.
NIH Funding $5.3M
NE W NIH F UNDING (F Y23)*
TOTAL NIH F UNDING (F Y23)*
among U.S. nursing schools in National Institutes of Health funding
*Estimate of FY23 funding
consecutive years in the top five
NOTABLE Three doctoral
students — (from top) Abby Britt 11BSN 13MSN, Stephanie Lee 17BSN 23G, and Mary Claire Montilus 18BSN 23G — were awarded the prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. The fellowships enable promising predoctoral students to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research.
R E S E A R CH Research Impact* ONCOLOGY With $2.3 million in funding, our oncology researchers are uncovering how complex metabolic and microbiome systems affect symptoms such as fatigue and mood. Such an understanding will help target future interventions. AGING STUDIE S Our gerontology and dementia researchers test scalable interventions to improve the state of dementia patients and their caregivers and study various vascular-related precursors to the development of dementia. Our aging researchers have secured $9.8 million to date. *Data current as of August 31, 2023. Data may change slightly due to the fiscal year closeout; some values are represented in more than one research impact area.
AR TIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE/ DATA SCIENCE With $5 million in funding, our faculty and research teams use the power of big data to address issues related to HIV, maternal child health, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Projects include developing sensor hardware to assess the effects of heat exposure, predicting delayed cerebral ischemia and atrial fibrillation from novel data strategies, and analyzing algorithms of stress exposure to predict pre-term birth.
Other Research Strengths C ARDIOVA SCUL AR DISE A SE GLOBAL HE ALTH HI V/AIDS MATERN AL-CHILD HE ALTH N ATURAL DIS A STERS/ ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE SCIENCE PALLIATI VE C ARE SOCIAL DE TERMIN ATE S OF HE ALTH S Y MPTOM SCIENCE/SLEEP TRANSL ATION AL SCIENCE AND NEUROSCIENCE WOMEN’S HE ALTH
USING M Y VOICE
to Protect Workers
During the course of my research, I have worked with organizations committed to the prevention of heat-related illness, injury and death among workers in the U.S. construction and agriculture industries. This past summer, we developed a brief to call on policymakers, researchers, doctors, businesses, workers and concerned individuals to address our concerns. For far too long, there has been the common notion that heat stress is simply something that comes with these jobs and that nothing much can be done about it — that is a false notion.
ROX ANA CHIC A S 16BSN 20PHD, RN, FAAN Assistant Professor
O U T R E AC H
given by Health Resources and Services Administration for community partnership grants (October
U.S. Public Health Service Corps members participating in disaster training at the Emory Nursing Learning Center (ENLC)
enrollments in Emory Nursing Experience continuing education courses (FY22–23)
community partners used the ENLC for trainings and events since it opened in September 2022
patients served through student immersion experiences in U.S. and abroad
NOTABLE The School of Nursing and The Carter
Center are helping to launch Liberia’s first Master of Science degree in psychiatric mental health, a program for nurse practitioners, pastoral counselors, and physician assistants at the United Methodist University in Monrovia, Liberia. Aparna Kumar, PhD, MPH, CRNP (left), a new joint clinical faculty appointee in the school and The Carter Center, will teach in the program.
Class of 2023
717 GRADUATE S 140
MSN/POSTGRADUATE CER TIFIC ATE graduations: 📅 3December 2022,
May 2023, August 2023
NCLEX Pass Rates OCTOBER 2023
NOTABLE Elsa Mekonnen 23MSN
(above) was the 2023 graduate student recipient of the Marion Luther Brittain Award, the highest honor presented to an Emory graduate student in any discipline. Jennifer Godoy Avila 23BSN (left) received the Boisfeuillet Jones Award, awarded to select Emory baccalaureate graduates for good citizenship, outstanding leadership, and academic performance.
LENDING M Y VOICE
to Encourage Future Nurses I’ve always seen education as a gateway to achievement. With the education I received at Emory, I have been able to pursue my dreams in the nurse anesthesia field. But I’ve also been able to encourage students – especially Black and Brown men with fewer resources – to pursue their own ambitions as medical professionals. I see that same work at play among my fellow alumni. We show up, bold and bright, in our specialties and careers, and we vigorously mentor aspiring nurse leaders.
DONTÉ A. FL ANAGAN 04OX 0 6BSN, DNP, CRNA , FAANA Emory Nurses’ Alumni Association President
Silver Bowl Recipients The Nell Hodgson Woodruff Award for Excellence in Nursing, traditionally known as the Silver Bowl Award, was initiated in 1949 to honor outstanding graduating students. DECEMBER 2022 DNP: Marlen Alvarez 22DNP MSN: Kayla Newstrom 21BSN 22MSN MN: Alyssa Roger 22MN DABSN: Caroline Hyde 22BSN MAY 2023 PhD: Carolina Gustafson 23PhD MN: Colette Masunaga 23MN BSN: Allison Park 21OX 23BSN DABSN: Emily Toubali 23BSN AUGUST 2023 CRNA: Everett Moss II 23DNP MN: Leah Bercovitch 23MN DABSN: Matthew Burgess 23BSN
Fundraising NOTABLE In response to the shortage
of mental health professionals for children and youth, the Liz Blake Giving Fund and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta have worked with the School of Nursing to create the Blake Scholars Program. The program provides full tuition for nurse practitioners with an interest in child and adolescent behavioral and mental health to pursue a post-graduate certificate in psychiatric mental health nursing.
Nearly 2K GIF TS
2036 C APITAL C AMPAIGN (SEPTEMBER 2023)
OF $8 0M RAISED FOR SCHOOL OF NURSING
$86M total endowment (August 2023)
Scholarships FALL 2023
DISTRIBUTED IN STUDENT SCHOL ARSHIPS
OF STUDENTS RECEI VE NEEDBA SED GRANTS
SCHOL ARSHIPS AWARDED
STUDENTS SUPPOR TED
USING M Y VOICE
to Give Back
I am lending my voice in support of the education of future nurse practitioners. In addition to providing financial support to the school, I have had the pleasure of teaching numerous nurse practitioner students throughout my career as an emergency medicine NP. Both giving and teaching have provided avenues for me to give back to those beginning their journeys as nurse practitioners. It is with honor and hope that I will pass on the ability for others to be educated.
PATTI THOMA S 95N, FNP, ENP Virginia Beach, Virginia
Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing 1520 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, Georgia 30322
USING OUR VOICE A NNUA L REPOR T 2023