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Editor’s blog: The RNL Interviews

You’ve heard of the Oscars, and you may have heard of the CLIOs, the Eddies and the Ozzies. Now, meet the aRNies.​​​

By James E. Mattson
What do Linda Aiken, Karen Morin, Billye Brown, Ken Dion, Rosemary Bryant and Donna Diers have in common? Yes, they are nurse leaders, revered by all who know of their significant contributions to the nursing profession. And for 125,000-plus nurses in more than 90 countries, the names Aiken, Morin, Brown, Dion, Bryant and Diers resonate with additional significance: They are fellow members of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).
Aiken, Morin, Brown, Dion, Bryant and Diers have experienced and treasure the honor society’s tradition-rich induction ceremony. When they hear the words “love,” “courage” and “honor” mentioned in the same sentence, they too are transported back to a time and place when they pledged their commitment to advancing those noble values. And they share with their fellow members STTI’s vision to “create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.”
But these six nurse leaders have something else in common: They have all participated in “The RNL Interviews” or, as I’ve begun to think of them, “The aRNies.” As editor of RNL, I’ve had the unique privilege of facilitating and sitting in on those special phone conversations.
I was there when Karen H. Morin, DSN, RN, ANEF, FAAN, past president of STTI and graduate programs director at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing, asked Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, what prompted her to choose a career in nursing research. Learn the answer in “Linda Aiken: Improving health outcomes through research.”
I was there when Living Legend Billye Brown, EdD, RN, FAAN, past president of STTI and former dean of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas in Austin, told Kenneth W. Dion, PhD, MSN/MBA, RN, founder and CEO of Decision Critical Inc., also in Austin, that she didn’t really plan her distinguished career path. No, she was pushed—by a “very professional, attractive, nice, easy-to-get-along-with, wonderful person” by the name of Mary Tolle Wright. Members of STTI will recognize that name. Learn more in “Billye Brown: The road from Damascus.”
And I was there when Living Legend Donna Diers, PhD, RN, FAAN, Annie W. Goodrich Professor Emeritus and former dean of Yale University School of Nursing, asked Rosemary Bryant, FRCNA, chief nurse and midwifery officer of Australia and president of the International Council of Nurses, what chief nurses of countries talk about when they get together. You’ll have to wait until the article is published in early May to learn the answer.
Look for these and other one-nurse-leader-to-another conversations in “The RNL Interviews.” You won’t want to miss any of em. To make sure you don’t, sign up now for RSS feed or e-mail notification. To learn more, keep reading.
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