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Congratulations Women’s Health Class of 2016 Graduates

Congratulations Emory University School of Nursing Class of 2016 graduates

(from left) Women’s Health Class of 2016 graduates Tiffanye Williams, Jasmine McCorkle, and Jenna Dannenbaum

The School of Nursing’s Women’s Health program celebrated Class of 2016 graduates, current, and future students in a magical winter wonderland complete with plenty of sparkle, candle light, and snow.

Participants enjoyed the sites, sounds, and treats of the season, while competing in a tacky holiday sweater competition, posing in the holiday photo booth, and leaving messages and well-wishes for graduates and current students. The event was organized by Program Coordinator Trisha Sheridan.

On the evening before the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing’s Winter Awards Ceremony, graduates look forward to the future.

Jasmine McCorkle

Why I chose Women’s Health:
I chose women’s Health because I have a passion for helping women. I was originally a labor and deliver nurse, but I would only see my patients for a brief period of time. With primary care I will be able to see them long-term and, hopefully, make a lasting impact on their lives.

Tiffanye Williams
Why I chose Women’s Health:
I was a nurse for about 7.5 years and a travel nurse for about 4.5 years. I had some case management experience for about a year and a half. Throughout my career I discovered that I had a strong passion for helping women and wanted to specialize in Women’s Health.
Plans after Graduation: Besides working…in the near future I would like to open my own clinic for women’s health.

Jenna Dannenbaum
Why I chose Women’s Health
: I was a labor and deliver nurse prior to this in the Atlanta area. I am interested in increasing access to contraception for women and helping women be more educated about their bodies and make more informed decisions about their health throughout their lifespans.
Plans after graduation: After graduation, I am hoping to work in a private practice setting under a good team of doctors whom I can collaborate with and show them what nurse practitioners have to offer.

Learn more about the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialty from current students.

5 Tips to Successfully Apply to Top Nursing Schools

emorynursingapplicationtipsWith careers in nursing booming, getting into a top-notch nursing program has become a competitive endeavor. According to a report by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, U.S. nursing schools turned away 68,938 qualified applicants away because of the high demand for nursing education.

Nursing is a rewarding and challenging field with dozens of specialties. Talented nurses hailing from the nation’s most prestigious nursing schools are able to find work in their field at hospitals and in doctors’ offices all over the country.

If you’re interested in choosing nursing for your career, your next step is to put together a strong application to impress the programs you’re interested in. Feeling nervous about getting it all done? Try these tips to get organized and successfully apply to top nursing schools.

1. Do Your Research

Before you apply, study up on what each program offers to make sure your preferred specialties, learning styles and locations are covered. You’ll also want to visit the campus to get a sense of what life there is like.

2. Apply to More Than One School

Rank your favorites, and apply to your personal top three to five programs. If you get accepted to more than one, you’ll be able to compare and contrast the programs and any financial aid packages to make an informed decision.

3. Apply Early

This is especially important if you’re looking at a program with a rolling admissions process — you don’t want all the spaces to be filled before you send in your application! Applying early gives the admissions committee time to consider your application and may give you a leg up on getting scholarship money. Scholarship awards are awarded generously to applicants who apply before the priority scholarship deadline.

4. Be Yourself

Admissions committees look to create diverse student bodies, so be sure to list all your previous jobs, extracurricular activities, volunteer work and any other unique leadership roles you’ve taken on. Let your personality shine through in your application. You can bring your application to life by giving the admission committee the chance to get to know you. Most schools offer Open Houses, Virtual Webinars, Facebook Chats, and Shadow Days. These are all excellent ways for you to get to know the school and for the school to get to know you.

5. Proofread

While showing off your unique style is a good thing, irregular spelling and grammar are not. Be sure to carefully edit and proofread your full application to avoid careless mistakes. These may be innocent, but they show a lack of attention to detail that points to a lack of effort — and a quick rejection.

Next Steps

As you research top nursing programs, be sure to check out Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Emory makes it easy to schedule a visit and learn more about its programs through information sessions. When you’re ready, try Emory’s new online application to the nursing program. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it takes less than 30 minutes to get started on your future today.

What NOT to Wear, Emory Edition

When I started nursing school last fall at Emory, one of the more confusing topics (aside from Pathophysiology) was the dress code for clinical and lab settings. I had heard from other students that it was allowable to wear certain articles of clothing or shoes, while the student handbook stated differently.

First thing’s first: When in doubt, GO BY THE STUDENT HANDBOOK! If you are ever questioning whether or not you are appropriately attired for clinical or lab refer to the written guidelines.

Below is your basic uniform for clinical and lab. Honestly, this is all you need (plus white socks!). The simpler, the better.

IMG_6635Here are some tips on what NOT to wear in the lab or clinical setting:

1. Nail Polish/Fake Nails. Trust me on this one, y’all. You will want to be able to see what is under those finger nails after a 12 hour shift of wound care. Also, fake nails are known to slice through gloves and get lost in patients’ bed sheets (yuck!)

2. Your Hair Down. Tie that hair back! The last thing you want is your hair dragging through a patient’s wound or blocking your eyesight while trying to insert an IV. It’s a good idea to always carry extra hair ties and clips.

3. Tattoos. Emory requires that you cover up any visible tattoos while you are in the lab and at your clinical sites. I’ve seen some pretty creative ways to cover up a tattoo, but I’ve heard that bandaids usually work the best. However, some people use makeup as well depending on the size and placement of the tattoo. It would be best to do some trial and error to discover what works before your first day of lab.

4. Long Sleeve Shirts Under Your Scrub Top. Coming from someone who is permanently cold, this can be very difficult. However, it is against the guidelines to wear a long-sleeve shirt under your scrub top for sanitary purposes. Instead, you can purchase a navy blue or white cuffed long-sleeved jacket to keep you warm in lab or at your clinical sites. Uniform Advantage has cuffed, long-sleeved jackets available and you can get our logo embroidered on it through them.

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5. Jewelry that Dangles….Or Jewelry in General. For the most part, wearing jewelry at lab or in clinical is not a good idea. Anything that dangles from your wrist, your neck, or your ears is bound to get caught on something or worse, caught IN something (*shudders*). Rings can also cause a problem as they can easily slice through gloves. A good rule of thumb is just to leave your jewelry at home where it is safe and out of the way. One small stud per ear is okay, and wedding bands are permissible. Do not, I repeat, do not wear your engagement ring to lab or clinical! I heard a horrible story about a nursing student who lost the stone from her engagement ring while changing a patient’s bed and it was never found.

6. Your Workout Sneakers. While at your clinical sites you are going to step in some gross stuff and even more gross stuff is going to spill on your shoes (I speak from unfortunate experience). You want to wear shoes that are durable and can easily be washed. Get some comfortable, solid white or black leather or vinyl shoes and leave your sneakers at home. Once again, Uniform Advantage has a great shoe selection, but there are other shopping options (such as Amazon) that you can explore.

7. Jeans. I know, I know, this one seems obvious, but it needs to be said. There will be times when you will need to wear your long, white lab coat and under that lab coat can be a) your Emory scrubs or b) business casual attire. NO JEANS! See below for some appropriate examples.

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8. Open-Toed Shoes. One of the most painful experiences that I have had is a gurney rolling over my toes, and I was wearing close-toed shoes. Imagine if they had been open….needless to say, all shoes must be close-toed in the lab and in the clinical setting.

9. Forgetting Your ID Badge. You need to have your ID badge with you AT ALL TIMES in the lab and at the clinical sites. That badge is your lifeline and it helps to identify you as an Emory student. It helps you get in and out of parking garages, medication rooms, and hospital units, just to name a few. It is costly to replace and difficult to go a day without, so be diligent about keeping it within reach.







Graduate Immersion Experience During West Virginia Flooding

Flooded streets and businesses in Clendenin, West Virginia

Graduate students in the School of Nursing’s Nurse Practitioner program Phil Dillard (Emergency) and Abby Wetzel (Nurse-Midwifery) discuss their immersion program experience with Cabin Creek Health Systems. The students worked alongside staff of the Clendenin Clinic to evacuate medically-fragile residents during the region’s recent storms and devastating flooding. Cabin Creek is a federally-qualified health center that provides essential health services to vulnerable populations in rural West Virginia through several community-based clinics.


Graduate Students Reflect on Immersion Experience during West Virginia Flooding


School of Nursing graduate students participate every year in a two-week immersion program in West Virginia through the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility. Our students work in partnership with area federally-qualified community health centers to promote health and prevent disease throughout the region. Led by faculty Advisors Carolyn Clevenger and Debbie Gunter, students Andrea Brubaker, Phillip Dillard, Kimberly Eggleston, Hannah Ng, Jill Peters, Allysa Rueschenberg, and Abigail Wetzel, were providing essential health services through four community clinics located in cities to the north and south of Charleston. Two of our students, Phil Dillard and Abby Wetzel, were working in a clinic in Clendenin, a town 25 miles northeast of Charleston that was hit hard by the storms.

Phil Dillard discusses the experience in this WSB-TV Channel 2 interview. WSB Interview – West Virginia Flooding

Admission and Access

At Emory University, we pride ourselves on the mixture of people,beliefs, values, and social circles that make up our campus community. Diversity is multidimensional, leading to a community composed not only of different ethnicities, races, and religions, but also different social backgrounds, geographic locations, and life experiences.

As we shape an incoming class, we look for students who will build upon the campus’ already rich landscape. This is not always easy. High-achieving students come from all family back- grounds as well as from both rural and urban communities. Many student populations are underrepresented or come from families unfamiliar with the college search and application process and who have little access to resources to help them.

Through strategic initiatives, we seek to provide students of all backgrounds many opportunities to experience Emory’s campus and student body, learn about our rigorous programs, and successfully enroll upon admission.

QuestBridge ( is a national non-profit organization connecting the nation’s brightest, underserved students with leading higher education institutions. They aim to increase the percentage of low-in-come students attending the nation’s best universities, and Emory University is one of 37 partner institutions for their College Match program.

This year Emory received 1,708 QuestBridge admission applications (up from 1,431 last year) and ultimately narrowed that list down to those students who will become part of the Emory Class of 2020. Last year nearly a hundred QuestBridge applicants did so. Additionally, six QuestBridge Scholars were selected to join the Class of 2020.

In July 2015, Emory also hosted a QuestBridge Conference, welcoming approximately 200 students and their families from across the nation. The role of the conference was to educate guests on the QuestBridge application process as well as introduce them to each of the (then) 36 partner universities. Hosting the conference allowed us to showcase the university and introduce families to the opportunities of Atlanta as well. Emory has recently been selected to host another Quest- Bridge Conference in the summer of 2017, and the Office of Admission welcomes this great opportunity!

Essence is a fly-in program held in the spring for admitted African American and Latino students. Typically these students have been admitted to several selective universities from across the country. This year approximately 100 students will spend two nights and three days experiencing residence halls, engaging with current students, and exploring campus. The program will take place April 14 to 16.

CORE ( was first held in the fall of 2014 for high-achieving high school seniors who are either first-generation college applicants and/or from underrepresented or low socioeconomic backgrounds. This year 60 students were selected to participate in the fly-in program (up from 55 last year). Arriving from across the nation for three days and two nights, students sat in on class faculty lectures, participated in campus life, and learned about the application and financial aid processes. We also hosted a COREtural Night, where a wide variety of individual students and diversity- focused clubs performed, showcasing the wide range of what diversity means at Emory.


In an unprecedented move, a group of over 90 diverse public and private colleges and universities have formed a partnership to reframe the college application process, starting with the Class of 2021. Current Coalition schools include Emory, Duke, Dartmouth, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Ohio, State, Michigan, Princeton, Wake Forest, and Vanderbilt, just to name a few.

The Coalition is developing a free platform of online tools to streamline the college application experience as well as allow students to curate a “locker” of their academic and non-academic accomplishments. The Coalition seeks to put the student first, promote access to underserved populations, and innovate the college application process for students and their families.

The first iteration of the Coalition platform will go live in April 2016. Beginning in fall 2016, Emory University will accept the new Coalition Application and continue to accept the Common Application and the QuestBridge Application.

Each of these programs and platforms is designed to provide students with hands-on, true-to-life college experiences as well as provide the tools they need to succeed in the college application process. Our desire is to build a relationship with each student and help coach them through what otherwise may be seen as an overwhelming endeavor—applying to a rigorous institution like Emory. Each year we see many unique students enroll as a result of these initiatives, and we look forward to seeing what the Emory Class of 2020 will bring.
– Lisa Coetzee, Communications Manger
Reprinted with permission from The Admission Review

Emory QuestBridge Scholars
Six outstanding students were selected as QuestBridge Scholars in December 2015, becoming the very first members of the Class of 2020. Along with being strong academically, these students are also actively involved in their high schools and communities. The QuestBridge Scholars will will join the Emory community this fall and begin to make their mark both inside and outside the classroom. Here’s what a few of the students had to say.

Miranda Krist
Mesa, Ariz.
Intended Major: Nursing
Dream Job: Not sure yet.
My proudest moment so far is getting accepted to Emory! (It sounds a little cliche, but I’m serious!) I’m also really proud of being accepted, as a sophomore, to the Arizona All State Choir. I was so excited because I had worked so hard on preparing my audition. It was a fantastic experience

Nate SnyderNate Snyder
Gastonia, NC

Intended Major: Nursing
Dream Job: Chief Nursing Officer
My proudest academic achievement thus far was attending the North Carolina Governor’s School, a highly-selective summer residential academic program for the elite students of the state, the oldest of its kind in the U.S. I’ve also been selected as a principal dancer at Gaston Dance Theatre, performing lead roles in shows such as The Nutcracker, West Side Story, and Wicked.

Off to Nashville for the 2014 NSNA Convention!

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Welcome to Nashville Emory nursing students! Our first day was off to a success as we boarded the bus at 5:30 am and arrived at the Grand Ole Opry hotel with coffee, pillows, and PJs in hand.  After changing, we were looking sharp and ready to represent. Delegates were credentialed and all students were welcomed to an opening ceremony and keynote address.

The nightlife in downtown Nashville hosted Emory Nursing students in good Southern hospitality with good food, flashing lights, and live country music. Once dancing the night away came to an end the Grand Ole Opry hotel halls were quiet, as students caught up on sleep anticipating the full days ahead.

The start of a new day is upon us. With a plenary session reflecting lessons on leadership and then a plethora of hospital representatives at the exhibit hall, Emory nursing students are taking full advantage of all NSNA has to offer.

Now off to focus sessions where our very own Dr. Maeve Howett will be discussing “Reproductive Health and Environment: Can Lifestyle Affect Fertility and Offspring?” Also, let’s give a shout out to Kathy Markowski, Dr. Sally Lehr, and Dr. Terri Ades as they’ve joined us on this glorious trip!

So far so good, and we’ll continue to keep you posted.  All reported from NSNA – Large Voices and Big Dreams.