is propped up in the hallway outside Kathryn M. Kites
office in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, bristling
with colored map pins. Each pin represents a nursing leader
who came to Atlanta in October to attend the first Global Nursing
Partnership conference, hosted by the new Lillian Carter Center
for International Nursing. Participants had the chance to see
former President Jimmy Carter dedicate the center in his mothers
expected about twenty-five countries would respond, says
Kite (below), administrative director of the center. In
fact we had responses from at least two nursing leaders in each
of more than a hundred countries.
the lead of many schools at Emory which have enhanced their
international outreach programs, from theology to public health,
the School of Nursing in September 2000 created the Lillian
Carter Center to help improve the health of vulnerable
people worldwide through nursing education, research, practice,
centers programs include undergraduate and graduate training
for nursing students with a commitment to global health, international
academic exchanges for faculty and students, hosting international
colleagues and scholars, and global health forums.
Global Nursing Partnership conference, which will be held at
the Carter Center, will bring chief nursing officers, leaders
of national nurses associations, and national health care planners
together from around the world. The center was named for Lillian
Carter, a nurse and social activist who served in the Peace
Corps in India at age sixty-eight. She died in 1983.
Professor Elizabeth E. Downes, who recently developed a nurse
practitioner program in Fiji with the World Health Organization,
is academic program coordinator for the center.
amazing to see the conditions under which some nurses workminimal
salaries; long, hard hours; walking three miles to work,
says Downes, who has visited nurses in Zimbabwe, Benin, and
Mozambique. But they remain tremendously caring. They
are my heroes.M.J.L.