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Emory Nursing Spring Break Recap

Whether they were experiencing other cultures by traveling the world, relaxing with friends in Atlanta, celebrating wedding anniversaries, providing health care services to those across the globe, or volunteering their time locally, it’s safe to say that our Emory Nursing students had an amazing Spring Break! Check out a recap of their trips below.

Julia Quinn – Eleuthera, Bahamas

“I visited Eleuthera in the Bahamas with ten other students on a service trip with the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility, led by Dr. Corrine Abraham and Dr. Elizabeth Downes. There are no hospitals on the island of Eleuthera and healthcare is delivered in a number of (what we would consider) small clinics instead. We worked with the nurses in clinics all over the island to learn about the integral role they play in providing care. We did intake, helped dispense medications, did blood pressure and blood glucose screenings, helped with charting, and learned everything we could from the staff in the clinics and the people we were helping to treat. Other than working in the clinics, nurses in the Bahamas play a key role in health education by visiting the schools to teach about various topics. Each day we went to a high school or primary school to talk with students about mental health, depression, anger management, and how to cope with the difficulties we encounter in life, in an effort to support the World Health Organization’s Let’s Talk campaign seeking to normalize conversation about depression. We had a great time with the students learning from them about the challenges they face and helping them think about how they can face them effectively. We also learned a lot from them about Bahamian culture! We also visited a vocational school called the Centre for Training and Innovation, a strategic initiative to develop the economy on the island of Eleuthera and combat the high unemployment rate. At CTI we did blood pressure screenings and talked with the students there about lifestyle changes they can make to improve their cardiovascular health. Like the high school and primary school students, CTI students had quite a bit to share with us about life on Eleuthera. We had some time to relax as well, including visiting some of the island’s amazing beaches (on both the Caribbean and Atlantic sides of the island), touring the Levy Preserve to learn about Bahamian plants, and exploring the neighborhoods around the clinics we were visiting. We returned from our trip tired, but restored from a week of building relationships with the people of Eleuthera and learning about all their amazing nurses do each day.”

Jessica Nooriel – Jupiter, Florida

“I took a trip down to Jupiter, Florida with a few friends of mine who are students in the college. In the middle of the week, we met up with another group of Emory students, one of whom was nursing student, Mallory Lacy. We all spent a day on the beach, enjoying the sand, water, and sun. It was a relaxing break, which rejuvenated me to come back and finish off the semester strong.”






Meredith Arevalo – Porto and Lisbon, Portugal

“I had a fantastic time traveling within Portugal, going to Porto and Lisbon. I enjoy traveling to new places, and had planned to go on this trip with my sister; however, she had to cancel going on the trip at the last minute. Still, I decided to go.

Arriving in Porto on a Sunday, I was struck by how many families I saw walking around and spending time with each other. As I learned throughout the trip, family is very important to many Portuguese, and I think this contributed to how warm and welcoming it felt there. I was also struck by how beautiful Portugal was; from train stations to the narrow streets in Lisbon’s old town district, blue and while tile mosaics and bright splashes of color were everywhere, framed by blooming cherry blossoms. Because the country almost entirely borders the Atlantic Ocean, the coastline ranged from steep, dramatic beaches to main square in downtown Lisbon, where people would gather to watch the sunset each night.

It was an incredibly empowering feeling to realize that I’m capable of navigating in a foreign country on my own. At the same time, it was the help and kindness of people I met along the way that made the trip as special as it was. ”

Erica Patton – Tampa, FL and Atlanta, GA


“During spring break, I took a trip home to Tampa, FL and got a chance to visit and catch up with my family. I also visited with my dad in Jacksonville, FL. When I returned to Atlanta I had dinner with Hailey Lee and Kim Daniels who are also students in the MSN-NNP program. I finished off my spring break at the CHOA Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic, which I attended for a clinical rotation.”






Anna Beth Daley – Cancun, Mexico

“Olivia Chan and I, alongside two of our best friends, spent Spring Break in Cancun, Mexico where we went on multiple excursions and spent most of our days by the ocean! Our favorite excursion was to the historic site, Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza is an old Mayan City and one of the seven wonders of our modern world. The large pyramid behind us not only was a place of meeting and power but played a part as a physical representative of their Mayan Calendar! We not only had fun during our Spring Break but we had the pleasure of learning about new cultures and walking in the footsteps of ancient leaders.”

Kimberly Reynolds – Clarkston, GA

“During my spring break, I co-led a Volunteer Emory Alternative Spring Break Trip to Clarkston, GA focusing on the social justice topic of refugee advocacy. During the week, me and eight other Emory students, including a pre-nursing student who will be attending the School of Nursing next year, volunteered with a variety of community partners such as New American Pathways and the Atlanta Food Bank. We played with refugee children at after-school programs, taught digital literacy classes at the Clarkston Community Center, baked with Nepali women, and much more. Some of our group even got to attend the New Americans Celebration at the GA State Capitol and watch the naturalization ceremony that followed. Overall, the entire week was filled with enlightening experiences centered around this local refugee hub. Not only will I treasure the memories made during this trip, but I will also carry what I have learned into my future clinical practice.”

Elianne Carroll – Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates

“In Dubai I went indoor skiing and to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and in Abu Dhabi I toured the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque. I have a home over there, as my father lives and works in Abu Dhabi, so I get to visit every year but it’s always an amazing time!”







Laura Conger – Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Isla Mujeres, Mexico

“I went to Mexico for spring break with my boyfriend and traveled to Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Valladolid and Chichen Itza. This was my first time traveling independently and the first time I have left the states since I was a baby. We saved money and submerged ourselves in the culture by staying with a host family, taking public transportation and eating like locals. Everything I have ever heard about traveling is absolutely true—it changed me in a million ways. I fell in love with Mexico and can’t wait to go back.”



David Zhao – San Juan, Puerto Rico

“I had an opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico during spring break to learn about the health care system and help care for the underserved population on the island. We had a great introduction to the beauty of the island led by Gladys Jusino and Dr. Weihua Zhang with a beautiful hike in the jungle and relaxing at the beach before our week of service. During the first two days, we set up a health fair to help measure blood pressures, glucose checks, and education sessions on breast exams, smoking, hypertension, and diabetes. The next couple of days we visited a nursing school in National University to observe how their education, healthcare, and nursing differed from the main land. One of my favorite parts of the trip was doing street medicine at night for the homeless. We got together sandwiches, blankets, coffee to give to the homeless that wandered the streets, and provided wound care whenever it was needed. The last day of the trip was spent in a nursing home where we observed how the nurses worked and helped with activities in the nursing home. It was a very good experience for me to see how healthcare is in other parts of the world, and makes me appreciate the things that I have a lot more than I used to before the trip.”

Maggie Carrillo – Atlanta, GA and Nashville, TN

“I had a great, relaxing spring break!  I kicked off my week with dinner at Superica with two friends and classmates – Sam Hydes and Melissa Leake.  I got to spend extra time with my girls (Caroline, age 4 and Margaux, age 2) – we played outside, got ice cream and just hung out.  I spent one day shopping with my Mom and catching up.  I also celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary with my husband!  The second weekend I visited a friend (who is due with her first baby) in Nashville and it snowed!  I also caught up on a lot of schoolwork and exercised (Barre3 classes and 4 mile walks) each day.  Overall, it was a fun week!”

Haja Kanu – Atlanta, GA

“I always enjoy spring break because it gives me a chance to relax and get ahead in my classes. I spent most of my spring break at school and it was actually pretty amazing! I got a lot done and even had time to catch up on my favorite shows. The weather wasn’t too chilly, so I took several relaxing walks around our beautiful campus during my breaks. You don’t need to go to the beach to have fun in the SON!”





Kim Hundgen – Beijing, China

“I went to Beijing China for Spring Break! I went to the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Llama Temple, The Great Wall, Fayuan Buddhist Temple, and Tiananmen Square. My absolute favorite part of break was when this older Chinese woman came up to me and my boyfriend and just started talking to us like we were old friends. She was so knowledgeable and knew so much about America. We treated her to dinner and probably spent two hours just talking at the table. She was so inspiring and gave me such respect for being in nursing school. My other favorite part was going to the Great Wall. It was so incredible. The sights of the mountains and the never-ending wall will never be escape my memory. I am so grateful I was able to see it.”


Mymuna Kibria – New Orleans, LA

“My friends and I decided to go to New Orleans after my sister and I went this summer and had such a great time. The nursing students that came on the trip were Hannah Lones, Tori Chimberoff, Monica Villarreal, Ali Martin, and Erica Judy. We all absolutely fell in love with the city. We spent most of our time doing the touristy things like grabbing coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde, walking around French Quarter and viewing the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral, shopping on Magazine St., eating brunch at The Ruby Slipper, and lastly dancing the night away on Bourbon St. Overall we can say it was a successful trip and a great last spring break in our undergrad!”

Cara Nachtman – Athens, Greece

“I love to travel! It’s so important to experience other cultures. My fiancée and I decided to go to Athens, Greece for Spring Break. The highlights included the great ruins of The Parthenon and ancient Agora. We saw archaeological artifacts and went on a local food tour. Seeing the birth place of democracy was so powerful! It was a wonderful trip, full of history and great food! I learned and experienced so much. Every trip always leaves me wanting to travel more, we’re already planning our next adventure!”

Welcome to Eleuthera

We arrived in Eleuthera on Saturday, went to church and explored the island Sunday, and have been busy ever since. Eleuthera is 110 mile beautiful island flanked by the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other. At one place we visited, the island is so narrow that you can see both at once! The island is divided into many small communities, called settlements, each of which has its own personality. We are calling Tarpum Bay settlement our home for the week.




There are several clinics throughout the island that serve the different communities. Each day we have split up into groups of 2-3 students per clinic to work closely with the Bahamian nurses there. Some clinics are very small, staffed by only one nurse, and others are larger with 3-4 nurses, a clerk, doctor, and janitorial staff. As students we assist in whatever way we can; patient intake and triage, medication preparation and administration, family planning, charting, and health screenings. The nurses here have more autonomy than the typical RNs we have worked with in clinicals, and their role is integral in Bahamian healthcare, so we have much to learn from them.



In addition to our time in the clinics, each day a few of us visits the local schools to talk with students about mental health and raise awareness of its impact. We created lesson plans to engage students of various ages in discussion of coping skills, bullying, anger management, substance abuse, depression, and sexual abuse. These topics are not often discussed in Bahamian life, however many students are struggling in these areas and we have had some great conversations about these topics.




While we’ve had meaningful talks with the students, we have also encountered some challenges. For instance, we faced resistance when talking with some high school students about bullying. We saw bullying firsthand and decided to come back the next day to continue the conversation. We talked with that group’s teacher afterward to identify strategies that could help us be more effective in our next lesson, and we look forward to trying again tomorrow. The teachers have told us how important this subject matter is to their students, but they don’t typically have time for it in their curriculum so they are welcoming us in to have these tricky discussions.

We all switched sites midweek so we are all looking forward to learning from a new group of nurses in a different settlement.


Fun fact: there are many friendly community dogs roaming the island and the Bahamians call them “potcakes.”

Last Day in the Hospital: Day 5 in the Dominican Republic

Yesterday was our fifth day in the Dominican Republic. We returned to the hospital San Vincente de Paul. The students floated to the maternity floor, pediatric floor, emergency, and the Kangaroo Care clinic. It was very exciting to work in the Kangaroo Care clinic after learning about the program at the public health center. Mothers can come in, ask questions, and receive consultation for themselves and their newborn.

Students on the Maternity floor had a wonderful experience. Two students were reunited with the mother they coached through labor two days ago. She had her baby Monday morning and was getting ready for discharge. The students were pleased to be able to complete their journey with the mother.

After lunch, Emory Nursing students taught Community Resiliency Model (CRM) training to Dominican Republic nursing students. The Community Resiliency Model aims to teach resiliency, particularly after a trauma, by educating patients on the importance of understanding the nervous system and dealing with chronic stress. The Dominican Republic nursing students recognized the significance of this training when caring for patients after a natural disaster.

After the training, we toured the labor and delivery room. A few of the students stayed and assisted with two labors at the hospital. It was a very rewarding experience to assist in bringing two new lives in the world.

Un Llamado Superior: Day 4 in PR

Today we spent the morning at the Colegio de Profesionales de la Enfermera, an organization for nurses in PR similar to the American Nursing Association, learning about nursing and the state of health care in Puerto Rico. In order to practice as an RN, nurses here must have a college degree in nursing as well as membership in this professional association. The director of the Colegio, Juan Carlos, told us that a recent Puerto Rican law decreased the number of sick and vacation days for all workers, and increased their probation time before becoming permanent employees. Juan Carlos also told us that in recent decades, Puerto Rico has seen a “brain drain” of its workforce to the continental U.S., including the departure of nurses. The Colegio is hard at work advocating for better pay and working conditions for its members.

Posing with Florence Nightingale at Colegio de Profesionales de la Enfermera. Credit: David Zhao

Juan Carlos ended his talk with a quote in Spanish from Florence Nightingale that referred to nursing as “un llamado superior,” a higher calling.

After another yummy Mofongo meal for lunch, we traveled to a local hospital where a very special organization – PITIRRE – is headquartered.

Mmmmofongo. Credit: David Zhao


I’ll let one of our team members, Tara Noorani, take it from here:

“My admiration for nurses was born from an exposure to street medicine. Their ability to address the entirety of the person was something displayed during each client interaction.

Wednesday (March 8th) began at PITIRRE de Iniciativa Comunitaria, an addiction treatment program offering healthcare, education and prevention services to homeless and HIV-positive clients. The pitirre is a bird found in Puerto Rico weighing nearly 1.5 ounces and personifying somewhat of a powerful underdog. El pitirre serves as a symbol of hope and resilience in the face of adversity. The staff at PITIRRE emphasized the bond between ourselves and our fellow human – the tie between providers and clients. They encouraged us to understand our intersection as brothers and sisters and the power in our collaboration with one another.

With this lesson in mind, we began our night by making sandwiches with members of Operacion Compasion de Iniciativa Comunitaria, a mobile clinic project rooted in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. We assembled hygiene kits, brewed gallons of coffee, and collected juice boxes, medications and wound care supplies into their mobile clinic truck. From 10pm to 3am, we combed the streets, in search of possible clients.

Led by two of the most humble leaders of Operacion Compasion, we treated a total of 38 clients and performed wound care on 6 of these people. We offered blood pressure screenings, glucose checks, coffee, juice and sandwiches. We witnessed the isolation a person endures in the street and how the label “homeless” overlooks their humanity. Inevitably this manifests into a marginalized community drowning in stereotypes and misconceptions.

When I reflect on this experience, I’m reminded of the importance of being present with those who suffer. The nature of homelessness obscures the client’s voice and visibility. By meeting these people where they are, we are choosing to resist the poverty and injustice of their circumstances. As student nurses, we have an obligation to uphold the individuality and autonomy of each client and oppose the forces impeding their access to care.

As Emory students, it is a privilege to serve the people of Puerto Rico, a pleasure to have been enriched by their culture and an honor to advocate for their health care needs.”

La Casita de Salud: Day 4 in the Dominican Republic

We began our day in the Casita de Salud (Little House of Health). This is a local clinic in San Francisco de Marcoris, where community nurses work to provide care for people who live in the village. There is a lot of poverty in this village and the people face many barriers to accessing their healthcare needs.


We visited several homes in the village and provided primary care services. Our patient age demographic ranged from newborn infants to elderly adults. Chronic disease management, in particular, was a specific problem within the community. Some patients with diabetes had their own glucometers, but could not afford the test strips in order to check their blood sugar regularly. These barriers brought forth more discussion about how to solve complex healthcare problems.

There were a few pregnant and postpartum mothers within the village. We assessed both the mother and the baby. We provided education about using a sustainable contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy after the first six months of giving birth. We also provided breastfeeding education about the importance of not supplementing breastmilk with formula in order to sustain an average milk supply and to prevent early onset of menstruation.

This experience provided a lot of forethought about encompassing western medicine and natural remedies, sustainable health care management, and barriers to accessing health care. We are so pleased the collective care Emory Nursing students are providing through this program will significantly impact this community.

Clinical Nursing in Dominican Republic

Today was our third day in the Dominican Republic. We started our day in the public health center called Servicio Regional de Salud Nordestre. Here we learned about the Kangaroo care program.

The Kangaroo care program is a public health initiative that was instituted in the Dominican Republic hospital setting in 2009. The program teaches mothers how to provide skin to skin contact to the baby for 24 hours. Babies receive this care up until their 40th week of gestation. Since the institution of this program, the Infant Mortality Rate has decreased significantly in the Dominican Republic.

The Kangaroo care program was first designed in Columbia by Dr. Edgar Reyes Sanabria. Nurses from the Dominican Republic traveled to Columbia to become trained to teach Kangaroo  care.

After lunch, we divided into smaller groups to work in various units of the hospital. Some of the units included the Emergency room, the NICU, the maternity ward, and the pediatric floor. Students in the maternity ward provided comforting techniques to assist mothers in labor. Students in the pediatric floor utilized developmentally appropriate techniques to comfort children in pain. One student made a balloon out of a glove which was very calming and therapeutic for the child.

After returning from our experience in the hospital, we reflected on the many resources available in American hospitals in comparison to the Dominican Republic hospital. Many of the nurses in the Dominican Republic were very resourceful. We observed a nurse using a glove as a tourniquet to wrap around the patient’s arm when inserting an IV. Little things like this are simple things that nurses in America may sometimes take for granted.

Tonight the nursing students are separating prenatal vitamins and Tylenol to provide for the community tomorrow. We can’t wait for another exciting and heart warming experience in San Francisco de Marcoris.

First Day in the Dominican Republic

Yesterday we landed in the Dominican Republic and drove to the city of San Francisco de Marcoris. On our drive to the homestay houses, we saw the different ways people live. There is a lot of poverty, but there is a genuine sense of community. People know their neighbors and are very friendly toward one another and toward our group. We were greeted by our homestay families, who are also nurses in the community. We ate a very delicious meal consisting of chicken, vegetables, black beans, and rice. We went to bed early in order to get ready for the next day.
Today we took a tour of the hospital San Vincente de Paul. We visited the NICU, labor and delivery room, maternity ward, emergency room, pediatric unit, the kangaroo care center for mothers and premature infants, and other units. At the hospital we met postpartum mothers. We also talked to mothers and children in the pediatric unit. We learned about the children’s illnesses and the lives of these families. We had a good time practicing our Spanish language skills.

After lunch we went to the Mirabal sisters’ museum. This museum is a very important part of the history of the Dominican Republic. The Mirabal sisters were revolutionaries in the June Fourteenth movement. They were resisting the dictatorship led by Rafael Trujilio. The Mirabal sisters felt that it was their civic duty to resist the dictatorship in order to conserve the present and improve the future for their children. Three of the sisters were assassinated in 1960 and their deaths are commemorated at the museum where they are buried. Today the Mirabal sisters symbolize the hope and the spirit of the Dominican Republic, which continues to live on. Right now, as I write this blog, people are playing music, laughing, and dancing in their homes. The party never stops in San Francisco de Marcoris.


El Quinto Dia (and Departure)

I know this post is a few days late… You can thank the ocean water for that. Alas, we had an amazing last day in Nicaragua where we helped out at a local health fair, toured around Lago Nicaragua, and made our final trip back to the capital!

At the health fair, we assisted in and observed the gynecology clinic, where we were permitted to observe Pap smears and ultrasounds, the pharmacy, where we helped package and organize prescriptions, and a few other clinics. Brenna and I also helped with the kids’ piñata, an elaborate Santa Claus piñata filled with Nicaraguan candies.

Best of all, a DJ sat outside and played music during the ENTIRE health fair, from 8am until the afternoon when we left! The fair was extremely crowded all morning, with children, men, and women all patiently waiting in long lines outside to be seen by the doctors within.

When the health fair was finally slowing down, we left for lunch, where we were greeted by our wonderful bus driver and his son and daughter! They had come to say their goodbyes and deliver some delicious homemade Nicarguan snacks called Rosquillas! It was delightful. His kids were so excited to meet us, and the Rosquillas were so tasty!

After lunch we said our goodbyes to the two wonderful doctors who accompanied us on most of our trip! It was so sad to say goodbye to them, and we hugged, laughed, and took pictures for as long as we could!

Our drive back to Managua was beautiful. We made a stop at a mountain-top town to buy souvenirs and take pictures of the beautiful Lago Nicaragua and Ometepe Island. The lake itself is made of freshwater but home to bull sharks, and the island has two volcanos, one of which is extremely active… We were told you’re allowed to hike up to the top and look down in the crater at the lava, but that you’re risking your life if do… it erupts fairly frequently.

On our drive down from the mountain town, we saw the most beautiful sunset over Ometepe, a perfect ending to our day.

We ate our last dinner in the hotel in Managua, and arose early in the morning for the flight back home.

Arriving back in the United States has been quite a culture shock… My trip has made me so much more aware of my good fortune and how much relative wealth my country has. Clean tap water, freedom from most mosquito-borne illnesses… the list is extensive and does not end there. Going Christmas shopping reminds me of all of the freedom and money we have to be materialistic… When some can’t even afford to feed their pets…

I cannot put into words how much this trip has impacted me, but I do know one thing: meeting these wonderful, loving, generous people has made me want to be a more compassionate person in my everyday life, and I’m still moved by their loving kindness and welcoming hearts. I hope I am granted the gift of one day returning to that beautiful, happy country, but for now I will hold it in a special place in my heart.

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.

School of Nursing Celebrates December Graduates with Winter Awards Ceremony

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing honored its December graduates during the school’s annual Winter Awards Ceremony on Saturday, December 17th. Hundreds of families, friends, and alumni were present to celebrate the accomplishments of the school’s graduate and undergraduate students. The graduating class included four Doctor of Nursing Practice students – the first group of students to graduate from this program. In addition, the school recognized 76 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students, seven post-graduate certificate students, three Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing + Master of Science in Nursing (AMSN) students, and 43 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students.

The Winter Awards Ceremony was held at the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Auditorium. The event featured DNP and MSN class speakers, honors research scholar recognition, and an awards presentation honoring students who demonstrated excellence in leadership, service, collaboration, innovation, and personal character. The student award winners are as follows:

• Award of Excellence – Molly Jobe and Bill Rankin
• Excellence in Collaboration – Jessica Goza and Katharine Williams
• Excellence in Social Responsibility – Ida Curtis and Meghan Krueger
• Excellence in Innovation – Jill Peters and Amy Greenblatt
• Excellence in Leadership – Abby Wetzel and Avni Suresh

In collaboration with the Emory Nurses’ Alumni Association, the School of Nursing also paid tribute to three outstanding students with the distribution of the Silver Bowl Awards, the highest student honor. DNP student Laura Prado, MSN student Audrey Straus, and BSN student Charity Taylor received this year’s Silver Bowl Awards for demonstrating exceptional clinical and scholastic abilities while also serving as inspiration for other students.

Student-nominated awards were also given to two faculty members on behalf of the Emory Student Nurses Association. These awards, known as the “Heart of the Students” awards, are given each year to faculty members who go above and beyond in their teaching and mentoring. This year’s “Heart of the Students” awards were presented to graduate faculty member Dr. Ginny Secor, PhD, RN and undergraduate faculty member, Dr. Ann Horigan, PhD, RN.

View photos from the event below.