Faculty, staff, and students from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University recently participated in the National Black Nurses Association’s 43rd Annual Institute and Conference held in Atlanta, GA.
This year’s event, hosted by the Atlanta Black Nurses Association, was titled “Nursing: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Patient Centered Care,” and afforded companies the opportunity to network with more than 1,000 nurse leaders and decision makers. Highlights of the conference included: a career and educational fair; and continuing education, networking, and development opportunities.
While the conference proved to be extremely beneficial for nursing professionals, it was perhaps the NBNA Youth Leadership Institute, hosted by Emory’s School of Nursing and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that provided the greatest benefits and most lasting memories.
The goal of the Youth Institute was to spark an early interest in the field of nursing, in the hopes of developing the next generation of highly competent, inquisitive, and caring nurse leaders.
“Our priority in sponsoring the NBNA’s Youth Institute was to shed light on the benefits of being a nurse,” said Dr. Angela Amar, the School of Nursing’s Assistant Dean for BSN Education. “It was exciting to give these youth a behind-the-scenes look at the field, and get them excited about the possibility of becoming a nurse one day.”
The event was a huge hit, with approximately 40 youth visiting the CDC museum and meeting with CDC nurses to learn about public health nursing. The Institute also included a visit to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, where nine Emory nursing student leaders led the enthusiastic youth in nursing simulations with patient mannequins in the school’s simulation lab. The student volunteers were excited to demonstrate the skills they learned in nursing school, such as taking blood pressure, using stethoscopes, locating a pulse, and performing CPR.
For Emory nursing student Shae Street, the experience was very gratifying.
“Working with the NBNA Summer Institute was a rewarding experience. I was very happy to see so many students interested in nursing and health care in general,” says Street. “I was honored to serve as a mentor and offer advice on ways the students can begin getting involved at such a young age. It is a pleasure to be a part of a community that truly values nurturing younger generations in order to better our future.”