Archive for December 7, 2017

ABSN Student Leaders Reflect on Graduation and their Emory Nursing Experience

By Andy Goodell, Communications Manager
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

The BSN/ABSN Winter Awards Ceremony will feature two leading student voices, Cory Woodyatt and Stephanie Lee, as speakers during the event. This awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on December 11th at Glenn Memorial Auditorium.

Cory Woodyatt

Woodyatt, originally of Georgetown, Canada near Toronto will earn his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) this month. He says that he was able to form meaningful relationships with the faculty at the School of Nursing that will last well beyond graduation, adding that many of them helped him “see the bigger picture” in the world of nursing. Assistant Clinical Professor Ginny Secor is just one of many faculty whom made an impression on Woodyatt.

“Dr. Secor’s attitude is contagious and her passion for pathophysiology is unprecedented,” says Woodyatt.

Woodyatt also credits Assistant Clinical Professor Ann Horigan with challenging him to think critically in complex and clinically-demanding scenarios, saying, “her experience is evident and her confidence (and comic relief)” put him at ease. He goes on to say that Assistant Clinical Professor Jeannie Weston also pushed him to think critically, adding that her dedication to student success is ever present in her pediatric clinical simulations. Additionally, Woodyatt credits Instructor Rebecca Wheeler with exemplifying nursing leadership and social responsibility to a point where she inspired him to join numerous nursing organizations.

Stephanie Lee

Lee, of Knoxville, Tenn., is also earning her BSN this month. She too credits numerous faculty members with bolstering her success as a student.

“My advisor, Dr. Kate Yeager, has encouraged me every step of the way, even for things not related to nursing school,” says Lee. “Our program chair, Dr. Carolyn Reilly, has done a fabulous job advocating for our class and making sure all of our concerns are addressed. Additionally, my clinical instructor, Takeya Shepherd, taught in my health assessment lab my very first semester and then acted as my role transition preceptor my last semester. It was so fun getting to know her and growing as a nurse under her instruction.”

Not only have faculty members impressed Woodyatt at the School of Nursing, the learning environments at the school have impressed him greatly, as well.

“Aside from access to renowned clinicians and researchers, I appreciated the well-known reputation and caliber of hospitals available to NHWSN students,” says Woodyatt. “The complexities and diversity of the patient populations available at these hospitals affords us incredibly enriched learning opportunities.”

Lee says that she values the true sense of community her cohort has developed.

“My fellow students are exceptional people who are dedicated to their education, their profession, and their patients,” says Lee. “Without the environment of support and encouragement that we have built, Emory would have been a very different place for me.”

As for the future, Woodyatt’s career aspirations are great.

“Whether it’s becoming a Nurse Manager or Chief Nursing Officer, I hope to one day serve as a leader who contributes to a shared vision and oversees strategic design and implementation of evidence-based patient care delivery,” he says. “Until then, I will remain a bedside nurse, most likely in the realm of emergency medicine nursing. Upon graduation, I will join the team at Emory Johns Creek Hospital in their emergency department (ED) as a new graduate nurse.”

Lee sees a similar wide open road of possibilities for her nursing career. After graduation, she will work at Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute in the Ambulatory Infusion Center.

“I hope to earn a terminal degree in nursing, whether that be a PhD or DNP, and make a difference in the field of nursing and in the fight against cancer,” says Lee. “My foundation at Emory has provided an incomparable springboard for my future.”

MSN/DNP Winter Awards student speakers look back on Emory Nursing Experience

By Andy Goodell, Communications Manager
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

At the MSN/DNP Winter Awards, attendees will get to hear from two dynamic student leaders from these programs, Haley Reid and Shanita Webb. The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing’s MSN/DNP Winter Awards Ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Glenn Memorial Auditorium.

Haley Reid

Reid, of Loganville, GA, is earning her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner this month. She’s also currently working toward a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Systems Leadership, which she is set to complete in 2019.

Reid credits Assistant Professor Clint Shedd with making her FNP class time extremely valuable because of his engaging lecture style. Shedd, who serves as FNP coordinator at the School of Nursing, provided Reid with plenty of support for her chosen path of learning, she says.

As a School of Nursing student, Reid says she admires the flexibility afforded to her, especially as a nurse practitioner in training. She says the learning environments at the School of Nursing help her balance class, clinical rotations, class work, family, friends, and personal time.

“The faculty here at the School of Nursing are dedicated to improving the student experience,” says Reid. “As a student, I appreciate their willingness to address my needs and make changes as appropriate. Whether it was posting an additional lecture to clarify a confusing concept in class or giving us an extension on a project, as a student I always felt cared for and supported.”

Webb, of Atlanta, will earn her Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Health Systems Leadership this month.

Shanita Webb

Like Reid, Webb also found endless support at the School of Nursing. She credits Assistant Clinical Professors Lisa Muirhead, Corrine Abraham, and Associate Professor Ursula Kelly with making a lasting impact on her life. She says their expertise and support was critical in the formation of her DNP project.

“I really enjoyed the collaborative academic environment the DNP faculty and staff created,” says Webb. “It really fostered opportunities to learn from our colleagues, faculty and guest speakers.”

Webb is an Air Force Nurse Practitioner and hopes to enter into a leadership position at the operational or strategic level within the Air Force Medical Services. She even aspires to be the chief nurse of the United States Air Force someday.

Upon graduating with her FNP, Reid says she plans to practice as a family nurse practitioner in rural or underserved areas to fulfill her HRSA Nurse Corps Scholarship agreement. As for her career after earning her DNP, Reid says she will continue to address healthcare disparities and qualities inconsistencies in rural and underserved areas.

“I have always loved working with vulnerable populations, and with the health professional shortage seen in the state of Georgia, I found myself drawn to primary care,” Reid says. “I enjoy seeing patients of all ages- from infants to the elderly- and I love the privilege of being able to create long term relationships with my patients.”