Who are the nurses in our Emory Healthcare nursing video?

The Emory nurses in our video describe who the Emory nurse is. So who exactly are these nurses? Read below to find out!

Who is the Emory nurse?


Richard Watts is no stranger to saving lives. In fact, before becoming a nurse, he was a DeKalb County firefighter for 22 years. As a cardiac nurse in Emory University Hospital’s operating room, he now focuses on the lives of his patients.

Get the inside story on what the perioperative team is all about from Richard’s fellow team members.

Seeker of quality and excellence

Yanxia, Debbie, Toni

Yanxia Li, EUH 3G/4G CCU; Debbie Barker, EUHM 71 MICU; and Toni Ash, 4A/5A CVICU; stand tall as representatives from the three Emory Healthcare units to receive the Beacon Award for excellence in critical care nursing. Just 242 ICUs in the nation have been honored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses with this recognition of outstanding patient care.

Learn more about these units.

  Mentor and mentee

Jane and Teri

EUOSH’s Jane Morovich and Teri Dearman formed a lasting collegial relationship when Jane served as Teri’s mentor during Teri’s time in her medical-surgical residency. From formal programs, such as the nursing residencies, to informal camaraderie, Emory nurses are mentors and mentees. Everyone is a resource for each other.

 Researcher, innovator and leader

Katie, Adilah and Joyce

Katie Oldham, EUH 11E; Adilah Muhammad, CRM Neuro-Rehabilitation; and Joyce Oglesby, Clinical Research; all signify the true difference Emory nurses make in their roles as researchers, innovators and leaders.

For example, Joyce oversees clinical research at the bedside, specifically in a unit environment dedicated for this purpose. Read an article featuring more information on Joyce.

And when Adilah found that the top priority for her patients – those with brain injuries and neurological impairments – was to sleep well through the evening, she initiated a study of the effectiveness of massage before sleep.

Katie, who helped lead the team that developed Emory Healthcare’s Professional Lattice for Advancement in Nursing, is the unit director for EUH 11E, one of the two units at Emory Healthcare participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Transforming Care at the Bedside project. Through this project, teams from across the nation work to transform care, improve clinical outcomes and then share their experiences with each other.

Read an article about Katie’s role in developing Emory Healthcare’s Professional Lattice for Advancement in Nursing.  

Compassionate caregiver who practices with the utmost integrity and ethical standards

Darlene, Belinda and Terry

Across Emory Healthcare, stellar nurses like Darlene Rogers, WWGH General Medicine – Rehab; Belinda Adjei, ECC; and Terry Munday, EUH Interventional Radiology; set the standard for compassion, integrity and a commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards.

Darlene was instrumental in Emory Healthcare’s hand hygiene program, called “Foam In/Foam Out,” and in developing/teaching the Synergy Model for Patient Care class. She also serves on the Magnet Steering Committee, was an original member on her hospital’s Unit Practice Council and co-coordinates the Gerontology Residency Program.

Belinda applies her skills as a nurse at Emory-Children’s Center. Here, she works with our youngest patients to apply a different level of compassion and expertise involved in caring for children. She brings a refined skill and caring to partner with these patients and their families.

Terry is no stranger to compliments. As a compassionate and highly competent nurse, she is frequently recognized by patients and other members of her team. In particular, she is commended for the care she delivers and ongoing contribution to the team.

Leader of patient- and family-centered care 

Deborah and Carolyn

When it comes to leading patient- and family-centered care, the nurses at Emory Healthcare are not only leaders within their organization, but also within the entire medical field. For example, Deborah McClendon, EUHM 71, and Carolyn Hill, EUH 5G, have been instrumental in the creation of a bedside shift report process that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is now using as a model standard for all U.S. health care organizations.

Decision maker and valued colleague

Diana and Christine

Diana Adrian and Christine Herget use their experience and knowledge in the delivery of care at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, the only cancer treatment center in Georgia to be National Cancer Institute designated. For example, Christine serves on the Oncology Specialty Practice Council. In this role, she makes decisions with her nurse colleagues from the Ambulatory Infusion Center and inpatient oncology units to ensure cancer patients receive world-class care every day.

And Diana is a DAISY award-wining nurse. The DAISY award is a national program that seeks to recognize outstanding nurses for their demonstration of expert knowledge, initiative and compassion.

Read about three other examples of Emory Daisy nurses.

Change maker

Rosalynn, Naphtali and Denise

Transition managers at Emory Healthcare, such as Rosalynn Comer, Naphtali Edge and Denise Lowman-Kedzierski, are at the forefront of a precedent-setting shift in the delivery of patient care. Through the transition management program, transition managers partner with patients and their families across the care continuum – from pre-admission to inpatient care to discharge to follow-up. Through providing consistency, patient partnership and team leadership, the transition managers are effectively improving patient outcomes and reducing readmission rates.

We are proud to be Emory nurses.


For Emory Healthcare Chief Nursing Officer Susan Grant, transforming the delivery of patient care relies on patient- and family-centered care. By including patients and their families in the process, they become a part of the team. This improves patient outcomes and is imperative to high-quality patient care.

Grant is proud to work in partnership with her fellow Emory nurses in this care process. She applauds the successes of her co-workers and anticipates a future of leadership, innovation and advancement of the nursing profession.

Read a message from Susan.