ALAS Recipient Receives Prestigious Award from Emory Hospital

“Practicing nursing in Mexico opened my eyes to different cultures and helped me learn to relate to people. It was a great confidence builder,” says Justin Pollard, 2011 and 2012 recipient of the ALAS scholarship to Guadalajara.

Justin Pollard, BSN, RN, of uncology has made quite an impact in a very short time at Emory University Hospital.

Last month, Justin was voted by his coworkers as the hospital’s “Rookie of the Year.” In nominating him for the distinction, the medical staff used terms like helpful, determined, flexible, outgoing and positive to describe Justin.

“I was shocked and really proud that my coworkers would choose me,” Justin told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “When I started at Emory, I remember just hoping that I wouldn’t give anyone the wrong medication or too much medication or have a patient die on me. I’ve learned a lot since then.”

The ALAS team is thrilled but not surprised. We awarded the ALAS scholarship to Justin in both 2011 and 2012. And, according to Justin, his experiences in Mexico have made a huge impact on his career.

“After graduating in 2012, another student and I decided to go back for nurse internships at a hospital there,” he said. “There were six patients to a room and families sleeping on the floor. Practicing nursing in Mexico opened my eyes to different cultures and helped me learn to relate to people. It was a great confidence builder.”

Justin’s comments represent a common reaction that many American students have when they get their first taste of life and work abroad. And it is this newfound perspective that stays with young professionals throughout their career.

ALAS would like to congratulate Justin Pollard for his success and for representing the best of what we can expect from a scholarship recipient. We wish him continued success, and hope that future scholarship recipients can come close to living up to his high standards.

To read more about Justin, check out this recent feature in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

http://www.ajc.com/news/classifieds/health-med-fit-jobs/emory-rookie-wise-beyond-his-years/ngKz2/