Nurses Choose Emory Healthcare for Personal and Professional Growth

dr sharon pappas with nursing groupLeaders at Emory Healthcare (EHC) share a common goal of providing a world class environment where nurses can thrive and patients can heal. It is this level of commitment that creates an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust, where leaders listen to and value the contributions of nurses.

Chief Nursing Executive Sharon Pappas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, leads with gratitude and deep appreciation for the nurses who serve at EHC.

“For us, it’s important to let nurses know how valuable they are, and we are serious about hiring nurses who appreciate this culture,” said Dr. Pappas. “Here at Emory Healthcare, we practice patient- and family-centered care where nurses are an active member of the care team.”

This collaborative environment is critical to patient care. Nurses and other members of the care team can make the best, most well-informed decisions with this approach. It is equally critical that we support nurses who are at the bedside every day helping patients heal.

“To me, working at Emory means an opportunity to build and foster nursing excellence. An opportunity to serve patients, families and colleagues and to make a positive difference,” said Jan W., MSN RN in Nursing Education.

Even though Emory Healthcare is a large system — with 60 urgent care and retail clinics and 11 hospitals (including three Magnet®-designated hospitals: Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital) — nurses are leaders and receive the support, resources and growth opportunities they deserve.

Improving Patient Outcomes

“I like working for Emory because patients receive the very best care academic medicine has to offer. We have the best health care providers in the world,” said Tracey P., APRN in Interventional Radiology.

At EHC, patients receive compassionate and high-quality care in a safe environment. Nurses are the Emory difference, and when it comes to serving patients and families, they provide a true healing experience. They tend to spend more time with patients and often understand their subtle nuances and unique needs.

Dr. Pappas recalls a conversation she had with a nurse recently. “I had the best day!” the nurse exclaimed. Dr. Pappas asked what made her day great and the nurse delightedly said that the provider listened to and followed her recommendation and they worked as a team to get the best patient outcome. This experience is not isolated, but it is reflective of the culture at Emory Healthcare.

EHC’s low nurse turnover rate also improves patient outcomes. When nurses and other members of the care team work consistently together, patients’ lives are better for it. Dr. Pappas warmly remembers a familiar saying when she thinks of a nurse’s role in healthcare: “The doctor saved me, and the nurse made me well.”

Advancing Nursing Science

As the region’s most comprehensive academic health system, nurses at EHC can participate in learning opportunities, patient improvement projects and collaborate to ensure patients get the best possible care.

“I like working for Emory because this is an organization that fosters the professional practice of nursing, supports staff and focuses on clinical excellence!” says Curlissa M., RN, Magnet Program Director.

By actively pursuing new challenges and making discoveries, nurses are at the cutting edge of providing clinical quality and patient safety. At EHC, nurses work with others to solve complex problems, influence change and transform healthcare.

Career Advancement and Growth Opportunities

On day one, whether you are a new or seasoned nurse, the opportunity for growth begins. Nurses throughout the EHC system work in rich environments, where learning and professional growth are encouraged. Nurses have access to advancement from within the organization, continuing education classes, career path planning, tuition reimbursement, peer mentorship, and awards and recognition programs. EHC encourages nurses to get clinical certification, join professional organizations and bring their voices to the table.

“I like working at Emory Healthcare because they offer the tools, guidance and support to develop skilled leaders. This support boosted my confidence as a person and a nurse. I was able to obtain my degree and now work in a leadership position,” said Robin S., BSN RN in the Department of Radiology.

Nurses also enjoy the bonds they create with colleagues, patients and families. These connections enrich the personal experiences nurses have at EHC.

“The relationships and quality of nursing is what keeps me here,” said Emily B., RN in Bone Marrow Transplant.

“We are thrilled to know, when nurses come here, they stay here,” said Dr. Pappas.

In hospitals and clinics throughout the state of Georgia, one thing is for certain: EHC nurses are making a real difference in improving patient outcomes, advancing nursing science, and developing their careers. At EHC, you can be the difference. We invite you to come grow with us!

Find a nursing position within the Emory Healthcare family.

To learn more about what drives Dr. Pappas as a leader and her vision for the future, read her feature story in the February 2019 issue of Nurse Leader.

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