Student Spotlight – Ann Craven

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

Ann Craven

Ann Craven, of Monroe, Georgia, has seen her interest in nursing research flourish at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. That’s not all. Craven says that the Emory School of Nursing is a place where a metaphorical “no closed door” culture permeates. She says she feels free to explore many different roles important to the diverse field of nursing.

Craven is currently enrolled in the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) program where she has found her nursing research mentor in Assistant Clinical Professor Linda Grabbe. In her time at the School of Nursing, Grabbe has taken her under her wing, teaching her everything she’s wanted to know about being a nursing researcher since her interest was piqued in this area.

“She is a life-long-learner, and her excitement for research, holistic health, and resiliency is contagious,” says Craven. “Dr. Grabbe is so passionate about education and the importance of studying areas such as resiliency, first responders’ health, stress, mindfulness, and so much more. Everyday her work directly impacts the lives of so many in the Atlanta community.”

The School of Nursing is a place where opportunities exist for Craven to grow throughout her career.

“I cannot imagine getting my BSN from any other school,” says Craven. “Emory’s School of Nursing creates an unparalleled learning environment in which I am challenged to work hard, develop professionalism, take leadership roles, and prepare for a career as a nurse.”

Craven is the recipient of a Josephine Malone scholarship through the Emory University Hospital Auxiliary. Students awarded the scholarship must enter their final year in nursing school in good academic standing. She says she couldn’t be more thankful for its impact on her education, which will help lead her on a meaningful career path.

When it comes to her personal career path, Craven says she plans to continue beyond her BSN degree toward a PhD or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in the future. A love for research and education continues to motivate her on this path.

Currently, Craven has taken on an important role in a pediatric emergency department, another passion she was able to explore at the Emory School of Nursing.

“Though I am starting out in pediatrics, I enjoy learning about and taking care of all populations, and I especially enjoy studying nurses’ health, stress, and resiliency,” says Craven.

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