The Nurses Station: New Webcast Highlights Challenges, Opportunities in Nursing

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In August 2020, the School of Nursing released the first episode of the Nurses Station. This biweekly webcast and podcast series discusses life as a nurse, current trends in nursing, and misconceptions about the profession. The show is hosted by four of Emory's brightest and most energetic nurse leaders and researchers.

Carolyn Clevenger, DNP, RN, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, FGSA

Carolyn Clevenger, DNP, RN, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, FGSA, is the associate dean for clinical and community partnerships at the School of Nursing. She is a nationally recognized educational leader in advanced practice nursing and in geriatrics and gerontology. She is a past president of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the Gerontological Society of America, and contributor to the AANP Certification program. She is also clinical director of the nurse-led patient-centered medical home for people living with dementia, the Integrated Memory Care Clinic (IMCC). IMCC represents an innovative clinical model that provides memory and primary care in a single integrated model for people living with dementia and their care partners.

Carolyn Clevenger smiles in an Emory lab coat.

Alexis Dunn, PhD, CNM, FACNM

Alexis Dunn, PhD, CNM, FACNM, is a research assistant professor conducting investigations in the relationships between health behaviors, inflammatory mechanisms, and adverse pregnancy outcomes among high-risk populations. She is a certified nurse midwife who works in a variety of professional roles within academic, hospital, and outpatient clinical settings. She currently serves in both a research and teaching capacity at the School of Nursing, through which she is able to share her passion for clinical excellence as it relates to primary care, and perinatal and postpartum care of women. Dunn is actively involved as the current vice president of the Georgia affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives, in which she participates on several committees focused on improving the health of women and families in Georgia.

Alexis Dunn wears an orange sweater in a portrait.

Tim Cunningham, DrPH, MSN, RN

Tim Cunningham, DrPH, MSN, RN, vice president of practice and innovation at Emory Healthcare, worked as an actor for nearly a decade in various regional theaters in the US and internationally. Through those experiences he began working with Clowns without Borders (CWB) in 2003. A small nonprofit, CWB sends professional artists into war zones, refugee camps, and other areas of crisis with the simple mission of catalyzing laughter and playfulness. It was working as a clown in a pediatric ward in pre-earthquake Haiti and then joining the ranks of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care program at Boston Children’s Hospital that inspired Cunningham to study nursing. In 2009, he began work as an emergency/trauma nurse. Cunningham has worked at the UVA Health System, Children’s National Medical Center, and New York Presbyterian, Cornell, in both adult and pediatric emergency settings. He has worked internationally as a clinician in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak.

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Roxana Chicas, PhD, BSN

Roxana Chicas, PhD, BSN, is a postdoctoral fellow at Emory School of Medicine. She received a BSN and PhD from Emory. As a bilingual and bicultural nurse scientist, her research focus is on environmental exposures and occupational health hazards among immigrant agricultural workers. She aims to understand factors that contribute to variation in occupational-induced indicators of heat stress and acute kidney injury, and examines interventions for the preservation of health and enhancement of work performance.

Roxana Chicas wears a white top in a portrait

Season one topics from the Nurses Station include nursing education, race and racism in health care, COVID-19, infant and maternal health, and much more. Each host comes from a different educational background and professional specialty, allowing for a wide range of topics to be thoughtfully and thoroughly covered for the show’s viewers and listeners. Each episode is posted on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, and multiple other listening services.

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