Justin Pollard graduated from Clayton State University in 2012 and has been only escalating his career since. Pollard was recently selected for Rookie of the Year at Emory University Hospital (EUH), where he works as a registered staff nurse in assessing patients, prescribing meds, and overall educating patients on how to best deal with their specific types of cancer.
Pollard had always had a passion for nursing, drawn by the moral aspect of the career rather than the monetary. He was first introduced to the practice in high school through summer technical programs, and from there chose Clayton State for its nursing program and proximity. Pollard feels that the clinical rotations offered at Clayton State best prepared him for his residency through hands-on work as well as the simulation labs that preceded those.
While Pollard feels that, “all the professors were nurturing and helpful,” Clayton State Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Khedija Gadhoum served as a particular influence in Pollard’s journey. Gadhoum inspired Pollard to study abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he and other students charted and gave medications to patients.
Now Pollard is co-chair of the Magnet Committee at EUH, a committee that advocates excellence, safety, and innovation in the nursing field. He was also nominated and voted as employee of the month as well as Rookie of the Year. Many of his coworkers say that if they had to have any nurse, it would be Justin Pollard.