Susan Shapiro Is Helping Emory Students Make a Difference in the World
Susan Shapiro is supporting Emory's future through a gift in her estate.
Throughout her career, Susan Shapiro has tried to keep a finger on the pulse of clinical nursing, even when she traded her role in the emergency department for one in an office or a classroom.
Now assistant dean for strategic clinical initiatives at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and corporate director for nursing research and evidence-based practice for Emory Healthcare, she is working to link teaching and research with nursing practice. "Nursing only really takes place between the patient and the nurse. We are here to serve bedside nursing by teaching nurses to evaluate research and incorporate it into practice," Shapiro says.
Because she puts her heart into nursing as much as her head, Shapiro worked with the professionals in the Office of Gift Planning to create a legacy gift that would reflect her passion for her profession. Her bequest to Emory will support programs within Emory Healthcare and the school of nursing.
"At Emory I have found a spirit and willingness to embrace the future that I have not seen anywhere else. They feel that the future is coming, so let's be a part of it and plan for it. They do not just sit and wait for it and try to cope," Shapiro says.
Much as she has been encouraged to be innovative in her research, she hopes to pass on the same opportunities through her estate gift. Planned gifts to all areas of academics, patient care, research, and service at Emory help ensure a bright future across the disciplines.
"We are helping to build a culture in the practice arena that is based on constant inquiry and improvement. That spirit is very alive at Emory Healthcare and the school of nursing," she says. "The students at Emory are going to make that difference in the world and I want to help them."
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