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Release date: March 5, 2001
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Great Teacher's Lecture Series Traces Nursing Roots Back to Florence Nightingale

For nursing to remain relevant, society and nursing need to honor the social contract to care. Dr. Marla E. Salmon, professor and dean of Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, believes the values that underpin and support the social responsibility of nursing can be traced to Florence Nightingale and the inception of the nursing profession. In today's society, the conscientious application of these values has the greatest promise for health care but requires diligence from both members of the community and nurses.

As part of Emory's Great Teachers Lecture series, this award-winning scholar will discuss the need to foster understanding of the profession within the context of society and society's obligation within the contract to care. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, in the School of Nursing auditorium, located at 1520 Clifton Road. It is free, open to the public, and does not require reservations. Call 404-727-6000 for further information.

Dr. Salmon will discuss her thoughts on the nursing profession, which were first published in Nursing and Health Care Perspectives, and detail the values she believes hold the most promise for the future of the nursing profession and human health. Teaching and scholarship have been central to her research on nursing workforce issues, health care reform implications for nursing, health care policy, and public health and community nursing. She has been the principal investigator on national studies that examine public health nursing needs, community-based nursing curricula, and other nursing workforce topics.

Dr. Salmon received her doctoral degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, holds degrees in nursing and political science from the University of Portland, and is the recipient of two honorary degrees. Dr. Salmon has also been a fellow in the W.K. Kellogg National Fellowship Program and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She came to Emory in 1999 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, where she served as professor and graduate dean. Prior to that role, Dr. Salmon was director of the Division of Nursing for the United States Department of Health and Human Services, leading the key federal programs aimed at shaping the nation's nursing workforce. Dr. Salmon just completed her term as the chair of the World Health Organization's Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery, where she helped forge international recommendations on workforce issues.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing produces nurse leaders in practice and research. The school has 132 baccalaureate students, 153 full- and part-time master's students, and seven doctoral students.

The nursing school recently moved into a new $22 million, state-of-the-art facility. The school receives approximately $1.5 million per year in research funding as it continues to grow its research agenda. The school has 39 full-time faculty, 120 adjunct faculty, and more than 4,800 alumni.

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