Georgia CTSA Nurse Receives 2018 Nurse of the Year from the Georgia Indian Nurses Association

Vani Manoharan, RN, is an Emory Healthcare nurse clinician for the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance's (Georgia CTSA) Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRC) site at Emory University Hospital. She received the award Nurse of the Year 2018 from the Georgia Indian Nurses Association (GINA) based on excellence in professional practice.

Manoharan has worked in Emory Healthcare’s Inpatient Clinical Research Unit since 2005 and has worked in the Outpatient Clinical Research Unit since 2015 as a nurse clinician, as well as serving patients in the Winship Cancer Institute’s Infusion Center. Since 2014, she’s been an active member of GINA and is currently serving as Treasurer. She volunteers in the Georgia Association of Physician of Indian Heritage (GAPI) clinic twice a month conducting and participating in two to three health fairs a year and conducting community health activities. Manoharan has been a very active volunteer at the GAPI clinic every first and third Saturday of the month since 2013. She also volunteers at the Selflessness, Awareness, Integrity with Embodiment of Truth (SAI) Health Fair held twice a year.

Manoharan’s commitment to the community can be seen through several volunteer efforts as a Faith Community Nurse. Faith community nurses must receive a certification after completion of a course through Emory Healthcare. The faith community nurse serves the community by participating in volunteer health programs conducted by Emory Saint Joseph Hospital.

The Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) is a multilayered, flexible, and geographically distributed network created to meet the needs of translational and clinical investigators from Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), University of Georgia (UGA), Georgia Tech, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s). The GCRCs offers dedicated space and a variety of resources ranging from core laboratory services to a bionutrition unit to support the research process at a subsidized cost. Clinical sites, including nursing services, are located at Emory University Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, UGA, MSM, Children’s, and Emory University Midtown.

Georgia CTSA is one of nearly 60 in a national consortium striving to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country. The consortium, funded through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards, shares a common vision to translate laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, engage communities in clinical research efforts, and train the next generation of clinical investigators.

The Georgia Indian Nurses Association (GINA) is a non-profit organization for Georgia professional nurses and nursing students of Indian origin/heritage to create a community of excellence in nursing practice not only in health care but in communities.