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Corinne Abraham named director of Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program

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Melva Robertson

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has named Assistant Clinical Professor Corinne Abraham, RN, DNP, as the director of the Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program. Abraham will provide leadership for the Post-BSN and Post-Master's DNP programs and operations. She will work closely with the associate dean of graduate education, program coordinators, and the curriculum committee to improve the overall success of course offerings and the student experience.

"Dr. Abraham's commitment to inter-professional education and the development of students and faculty make her the perfect choice for this position," says Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. "Her leadership and expertise in the translation of evidence to improve systems of care, particularly for vulnerable populations, are a great benefit to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and its students."

Abraham joined Emory in 1996 as a professor in the undergraduate nursing program, where she shared her extensive experience and knowledge with varied acute care, community clinical settings and simulation labs with future nurses. She holds joint appointments at the School of Nursing and the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Through her joint appointment, she has worked to bridge the gap between academia and practice and promote the translation of evidence to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes.

She served as co-principal investigator on a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a Cognitive Disorders Specialty Care Education Center of Excellence (SCE COE) at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Emphasizing teamwork, collaboration and quality improvement, the center teaches nursing, medical and social work students about specialty care for patients with dementia and other cognitive disorders.

Abraham has held several leadership roles within the School of Nursing. She has served as a faculty convener, DNP Health Systems Leadership track program coordinator, faculty advisor for the honor council, interim undergraduate program director and course coordinator. She was Alumni Executive Board President and served as the International Academic and Cultural Exchange Coordinator, where she managed annual student exchanges between Emory and the University of Alberta and Yonsei University.

She served as a faculty coordinator for a range of domestic and international service-learning experiences through the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility. With her leadership, Emory's nursing students engaged in more than 25,000 service learning and community care hours last year.

Abraham has received many recognitions for her work. She was a March of Dimes Nurse of the Year finalist in the informatics, research and evidence-based practice category and received the DNP Faculty Collaborative Team Excellence Award. As a doctoral student, she was selected to participate in the first cohort of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Quality Scholars Advanced Fellowship program at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, where she focused on enhancing the quality and safety of health care for veterans through implementation of inter-professional strategies to improve chronic pain management and to prevent falls.

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