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Emily E. Drake

Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
CMNEB 3007
225 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Emily Drake, PhD, RN, CNL, FAAN, is a professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She teaches courses in maternal-child health and has held a clinical position in Labor & Delivery for many years. Her specialties include high-risk pregnancy, infant development, breastfeeding, and technology.

She is the author of several book chapters and publications in journals such as JOGNN, Journal of Perinatal Education, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, and Neonatal Network. She has presented at numerous conferences, workshops and special events. She is currently serving as the Immediate Past-President of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and has previously served on their national board of directors.  She is an active member of the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA). She has held certifications in lactation consulting, in-patient obstetrics, and neonatal resuscitation.

Emily holds a MSN and BSN from the University of Virginia and received her PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her dissertation topic was, “Method of Infant Feeding as a Predictor of Maternal Responsiveness.” Her current research is in the area of Postpartum Depression, mHealth, Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding support.

She is also Mom to 2 great children, Amelie and Richard. In her spare time, she enjoys skydiving, skiing down really big mountains, and taking power naps whenever she can!

NUCO 2220: Cells to Society for Nursing Practice
Credits: 2
Using a common chronic disease, this seminar connects the patient to critical elements in the BSN Essentials and IOM Competencies. Real life, interactive opportunities connect the values and core professional concepts to patient experiences across the continuum of health care delivery. Students learn how care of the patient raises questions across multiple domains, such as basic science, culture & society, public policy, and healthcare costs.
NURS 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study in Nursing
GNUR 5022: The Science of Lactation and Infant Feeding
Credits: 3
This inter-disciplinary course is designed to prepare health care professionals and selected others to provide lactation care, patient education, and support to breastfeeding families in the community and hospital settings. Participants will develop and improve strategies for incorporating evidence based practice to promote lactation. This course is designed to meet part of the education requirements to sit for the IBCLE exam.
GCNL 5100: Health Assessment and Clinical Interventions
Credits: 4
Focuses on acquiring, analyzing, and refining of health assessment data to develop an accurate nursing problem list. Considers normal variations and abnormalities of different developmental, cultural, and ethnic groups. Introduces therapeutic communication, psychomotor skills, and interpersonal skills in providing care. The laboratory portion allows the student to practice assessment and clinical intervention skills in a simulated environment. Prerequisite: Admission to Clinical Nurse Leader program.
GCNL 5110: Clinical Practice & Decision-Making: Nursing Care of Adults & Older Adults
Credits: 4
This course provides the student with the theoretical knowledge necessary to provide basic safe and effective nursing care to adults and aging individuals. Clinical experiences focus on developing applying fundamental nursing skills. Prerequisite: GCNL 5100.
GCNL 5140: Clin Prac & Decision-Making: Nursing Care of Women & Childbearing Families
Credits: 3
This course encompasses the care of women through the lifespan with an emphasis on the childbearing period, spanning preconception planning and care through pregnancy, birth and family integration. The course presents the management of normal and high-risk pregnancy and explores the social, cultural, economic and other factors that impact the changing individual and family dynamics. Prerequisites: NUIP 3020
GCNL 5180: Clinical Practice & Decision-Making: Synthesis Practicum
Credits: 4
This course provides students with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills acquired from previous courses. Students refine clinical skills in group patient care delivery, priority setting and decision-making, explore the nurse's role in the formal organization, the progression of leadership roles and responsibilities, and to begin the transition to leadership in professional nursing practice. Prerequisites: GNUR 5410,GCNL 5160 & 5170.
GNUR 5260: Care Environment Management I
Credits: 3
Building on the CNL leadership courses, the course focuses on managing the care environment. Students are introduced to the health care system as a laterally integrated environment, with an organizational theory framework. Emphasis is placed on quality improvement, patient centered care, and evidence based practice to facilitate a culture of quality and safety. Students apply informatics in assessing the environment and improving outcomes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
GNUR 5559: New Course in Graduate Nursing
Credits: 1–3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in Graduate Nursing.
GCNL 5991: CNL Role Immersion and Capstone
Credits: 5
This course is an intensive clinical experience in an area selected by the student. The experience allows for full implementation of the clinical nurse leader competencies and includes a strong interdisciplinary practice focus. A capstone project is required and will be presented in a poster session at the end of the course. Prerequisites: GCNL 5180 and GCNL 5240.
GNUR 6054: Research and Biostatistical Processes for Health Care
Credits: 4
This course provides an introduction to nursing and health care-related research and bio-statistical analysis. This course provides the basic skills and knowledge to critique research, develop a research plan, and to develop an evidence-based practice. Prerequisite: Undergraduate or graduate applied statistics course within the past five years.
GNUR 6993: Independent Master's Study
Credits: 1–4
Individually planned study in nursing specialty, administration, education, or research. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
GNUR 8650: Information Systems and Patient Care Technology
Credits: 3
Introduces the use of information technology for management of patient care and systems of care. Explores the nature and functions of health informatics, the current state of the science, and its applications. Emphasis on use of information technology as a methodology for analysis of evidence in clinical decision-making and research. Students will research the development and implementation of information technology to evaluate outcomes.
GNUR 8998: Masters Research
Credits: 1–6
Credit taken concurrentlyw ith master's coursework as approved by the faculty.
GNUR 9010: Mentored Study
Credits: 1–4
PhD students register for 1-4 credits of mentored study with a faculty member. The mentored study develops a topic through in-depth literature review. The final project is a manuscript ready to be submitted for publication in a professional journal. If agreeable with the dissertation committee, this publication could be included as one of the dissertation manuscripts for students selecting the manuscript option.
GNUR 9630: DNP Practicum III: Evaluation and Dissemination of the Scholarly Pratice
Credits: 1
This course is the third of three practica in which students will complete a minimum of 56 practice hours as they continue to build upon advanced nursing competencies to expand knowledge for expert nursing practice. Students are expected to enhance clinical reasoning, practice and/or systems management skills in their specialty practice area. In DNP Practicum III, students evaluate and disseminate their scholarly practice project.

Volunteer Hall of Fame, March of Dimes (2010)

Susan Hickman Research Award, Postpartum Support International (PSI) (2009)

Verhonick Award for Clinical Research, Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Kappa Chapter (2005)

Excellence in Teaching Award, UVA School of Nursing Alumni Association (2000)

Innovative Teaching Award, University of Virginia, School of Nursing (1997, 1999)

Best Clinical Research Poster Award, AWHONN Association of Women's Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses Section Meeting (1994)