Noteworthy member news

By RNL Editors | 12/01/2017

Acknowledging achievements of Sigma members.

Noteworthy member newsDaily, Sigma members advance world health through scholarship, leadership, and service. Below are some who have recently been recognized for their achievements.

Debra J. BarksdaleDebra J. Barksdale, professor and associate dean of academic affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, Richmond, Virginia, USA, was among 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted by the National League for Nursing into the Academy of Nursing Education at the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, USA, on 16 September. Barksdale’s leadership in nursing education has helped improve the quality of APRN education, develop competent and confident leaders, and diversify the workforce. As past president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, she led initiatives for enhancing NP education in MSN and DNP programs and founded a yearlong mentored-leadership program, initially for minority NP faculty with leadership aspirations.

Amy BartonAmy J. Barton, professor and associate dean for clinical and community affairs, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, was among 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted by the National League for Nursing into the Academy of Nursing Education at the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, USA, on 16 September. During her decades of work in developing an innovative and sustainable system of faculty practice and nurse-led care, Barton has distinguished herself as a transformative leader. Her impact extends broadly to teaching and learning innovations in nursing and interprofessional education and practice; nursing and interprofessional scholarship; faculty and curriculum development; collaborative partnerships; and public policy related to nursing.

Cynthia BautistaCynthia A. Bautista, associate professor at Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies at Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA, and neuroscience clinical nurse specialist at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, was presented the prestigious Brenda Lyon Leadership Award at the 2017 annual conference of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The award, which recognizes extraordinary leadership in service to NACNS, is named for Brenda Lyon, founding member and second president of NACNS. A member of NACNS who has served on and is the current chair of the organization’s Research Committee, Bautista also owns her own business, Nursing Brains, LLC, which provides continuing education seminars for hospitals, universities, and conferences on a variety of neuroscience nursing topics.

Jackie CassagnolJackie Cassagnol, resident of Spring Valley, New York (USA), and founder of Worldwide Community First Responder, Inc. (WCFR), was named Hudson Valley Hero for June 2017 in recognition of her humanitarian efforts. Founded after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, WCFR strives to prevent global fatalities by extending two main programs to developing communities in the event of an emergency, one devoted to health education and prevention tactics, the other focusing on first response and first-aid training.

Rosalande CherubinRosalande Cherubin, a 2017 graduate of College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, New York, USA, was presented a Community Service Award by Bronx Community Board No. 8 on 12 June 2017. The award recognizes volunteer efforts of exceptional individuals and organizations in the Bronx community.

Valerie CotterValerie T. Cotter, assistant professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing during ceremonies at the organization’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., on 7 October 2017. An expert in dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and aging, Cotter was recently named Sojourns Scholar by the Cambia Health Foundation and will receive funding to develop an advance care planning education program for primary care providers. In 2005, she worked with the Alzheimer’s Association of the Delaware Valley to start the first specialized support group for people with early-stage dementia. Click here to access complete list of 2017 academy fellows.

Kay CowenKay J. Cowen, clinical professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro College of Nursing, was among 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted by the National League for Nursing into the Academy of Nursing Education at the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, USA, on 16 September. Cowen was a nurse educator for more than 30 years, and her expertise in pediatric nursing has been shared with students and readers of three nursing textbooks: Maternal and Child Health Nursing, Child Health Nursing, and Principles of Pediatric Nursing. In addition to contributing to exams, such as the ANA Pediatric Nurse Certification Exam and NCLEX, she has served as a reviewer for national and international journals.

Karen CoxKaren S. Cox, executive vice president and co-chief operating officer, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, assumed the presidency of the American Academy of Nursing following the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. She will serve a two-year term. She previously served as president-elect and chaired the academy’s Audit Committee and Choosing Wisely Task Force.

Greta CummingsGreta Cummings, professor, University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was appointed to a five-year term as dean of the faculty by the Board of Governors, effective 1 July 2017. A nationally and internationally recognized researcher in nursing leadership to improve outcomes for healthcare staff and patients, Cummings currently holds a Centennial Professorship at the University of Alberta, one of the institution’s highest honors. Named to Sigma’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2015, she is a fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2014, Thomson Reuters named her Highly Cited Researcher–Social Sciences. Over the course of her career, she has been responsible for managing large clinical programs across numerous healthcare facilities and negotiating collective agreements from both the employer and staff representative perspectives. Registrar of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses (now CARNA) from 1997 to 2000, she served as president of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (2010-14), president of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (2005-07), and board member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2012-14). She presently is a member of the CIHR Institute Advisory Board for Research Excellence, Ethics and Policy (2016-20).

Rita DAoustRita D’Aoust, associate dean of teaching and learning, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON), Baltimore, Maryland, USA, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing during ceremonies at the organization’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., on 7 October 2017. An expert in interprofessional education, military and veterans healthcare and education, creation of innovative academic-service partnerships for the health of older adults, and providing access to care for vulnerable populations, D’Aoust leads the development and implementation of innovative teaching and learning strategies for JHSON. Click here to access complete list of 2017 academy fellows.

Desiree DiazDesiree Ann Díaz, assistant professor and simulation expert at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing, Orlando, Florida, USA, was presented the Excellence in Academia Award by the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL) on 23 June 2017. A nurse educator for the past 13 years, Díaz has focused her career and research on simulation. Her research, which has been widely published and presented, combines the cutting-edge technology of simulation with the deeper human emotion of empathy to train healthcare providers to more effectively care for vulnerable and underserved patient populations, including correctional healthcare, patients with limited English proficiency, and transgender patients. Díaz is a certified nurse educator, one of only 22 faculty members certified worldwide in advanced simulation.

Michael DreherH. Michael Dreher, dean and professor, The College of New Rochelle School of Nursing, New Rochelle, New York, USA, was among 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted by the National League for Nursing into the Academy of Nursing Education at the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, USA, on 16 September. At Drexel University, Dreher led pioneering efforts to develop one of the first non-Doctor of Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice programs in the country. He has contributed to scholarly publications on legal issues in nursing education and advanced practice doctoral nursing education and has co-authored five books. Most recently, he won a second place AJN book award for Philosophy of Science for Nursing Practice: Concepts and Applications, Second Edition, co-authored with Michael Dahnke.

Laurie DuckworthLaurie J. Duckworth, clinical associate professor and director of clinical research, University of Florida College of Nursing, Gainesville, Florida, USA, has received the 2017 UF Health Shands Rose Rivers Chrysalis Award for Evolving Nursing Research for a study titled “Exploring Registered Nurse Turnover in the Operating Room and Opportunities to Improve Nurse Retention.”

Audwin FletcherAudwin B. Fletcher, professor of nursing and director of family nurse and acute care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing, was appointed by Sylvia Burwell, secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration, to serve on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health. The council reviews grant applications and recommends which should be approved and considered for funding.

Kristie GallagherKristie Gallagher, emergency department educator, ProMedica Toledo Hospital, Toledo, Ohio, USA, was inducted as a fellow into the Academy of Emergency Nursing at Emergency Nursing 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri, on 16 September. AEN fellows are chosen for their dedication to membership, enduring and substantial contributions that have a significant impact on advancement of emergency nursing, and potential for sustained input to the AEN. Since 2004, 148 emergency nurses have been inducted.

Jean GiddensJean L. Giddens, dean, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, Richmond, Virginia, USA, was among 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted by the National League for Nursing into the Academy of Nursing Education at the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, USA, on 16 September. A national expert in concept-based teaching and curriculum, Giddens developed a virtual community known as The Neighborhood to enhance students’ understanding of complex concepts nurses commonly face in clinical practice. In addition to numerous presentations on conceptual teaching, Giddens has published two books and authored journal articles on the subject. Her innovations have influenced nurse educators around the world to think differently about teaching, learning, and curriculum design.

Laura GitlinLaura N. Gitlin, Isabel Hampton Robb Distinguished Professor in the Department of Community Health at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) and the Department of Psychiatry and Division of Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and founding director of JHSON’s Center for Innovative Care in Aging, has been named dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) at Drexel University, effective 1 February 2018. Gitlin was recently inducted as an honorary member of Sigma, an honor given to an individual whose superior achievements have had national or global impact on nursing and healthcare. An applied research sociologist and interprofessional pioneer, Gitlin brings a patient/family and team-centered approach in which she frames her work as a researcher and practitioner to CNHP. Gitlin is nationally and internationally recognized for research on psychosocial environmental home and community-based interventions to help people with dementia and their family caregivers. 

Nancy GlassNancy E. Glass, professor and associate dean for research at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, was awarded the 2017 International Achievement Award by the International Council of Nurses’ Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF). Associate director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, and Independence Chair in Nursing Education, Glass was unanimously selected by the FNIF board for her work on ending violence against women and girls globally. Her research has covered intimate partner violence, health disparities, interventions to improve mental health of violence and trauma survivors, and social determinants of health. As co-founder of two international initiatives, Pigs for Peace and Rabbits for Resilience, Glass has helped women and families in the Democratic Republic of Congo improve health, economic stability, and social outcomes. Participants receive a loan in the form of a pig or rabbit and are taught principles of microfinance that help them pay back the loan and further provide for their family.

Ernest GrantErnest James Grant, currently vice president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has been re-elected to that position. His new term begins 1 January 2018. An internationally recognized burn-care and fire-safety expert, Grant serves as burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospital in Chapel Hill. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, where he works with undergraduate and graduate nursing students in classroom and clinical settings. In 2002, President George W. Bush presented Grant with a Nurse of the Year Award for his work treating burn victims from the World Trade Center site. In 2013, Grant received the B.T. Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Council for making a difference in preventing the devastating effects of fire and burn injuries and deaths within the state.

Bryan GrayBryan Gray, emergency department charge and staff nurse, Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, North Carolina, USA, part of the Cone Health network, is the recipient of a 2017 Achievement Award from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), presented 15 September at Emergency Nursing 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. The award recognizes emergency nurses and exemplary supporters of the profession who demonstrate exceptional professional practice, innovation, leadership, and advocacy—who go above and beyond the call of duty. Each of the 16 awards has specific requirements and criteria, and the ENA Awards Committee reviews each blinded submission.

Melanie Gibbons HallmanMelanie Gibbons Hallman, instructor and nurse practitioner, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, was inducted as a fellow into the Academy of Emergency Nursing at Emergency Nursing 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri, on 16 September. AEN fellows are chosen for their dedication to membership, enduring and substantial contributions that have a significant impact on advancement of emergency nursing, and potential for sustained input to the AEN. Since 2004, 148 emergency nurses have been inducted.

Jean HannanJean Hannan, assistant professor, Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing during ceremonies at the organization’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., on 7 October 2017. The honor recognizes Hannan’s more than three decades of research and scholarly contributions to maternal-child health nursing. Click here to access complete list of 2017 academy fellows.

Tonja HartjesTonja E. Hartjes, clinical associate professor, University of Florida College of Nursing, Gainesville, Florida, USA, has been named a 2017 Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The purpose of the AANP Fellows program is to impact national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioners to lead new initiatives and support the AANP mission. Hartjes, coordinator for the college’s adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner track in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, is an active member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and has served in several volunteer positions within the organization. She is also a content expert for the acute care nurse practitioner’s certification exam for the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Cheryl Dennison HimmelfarbCheryl R. Dennison Himmelfarb, professor and associate dean research, Office for Science and Innovation, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Sigma’s 28th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland. The award is the highest level of recognition available for nurse researchers, honoring those who have achieved significant and sustained recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves. Dennison Himmelfarb’s scholarship focuses on cardiovascular risk, chronic illness management, and patient safety. By serving on numerous National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association panels, she has helped develop national clinical guidelines to reduce health disparities and improve cardiovascular care. 

Renee HoekselRenee C. Hoeksel, professor and executive associate dean, Washington State University College of Nursing, Vancouver, Washington, USA, was among 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted by the National League for Nursing into the Academy of Nursing Education at the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, USA, on 16 September. Over the last 27 years, Hoeksel’s leadership in nursing education and policy development related to academic progression in nursing has remodeled RN-BSN education across Washington, resulting in higher quality patient care. Her innovative contributions and leadership in roles such as president of the Council on Nursing Education in Washington State (CNEWS)—all deans and directors of approved nursing education programs in the state are members—have resulted in highly successful connections between practice and education while increasing access to nationally accredited RN-BSN programs across five western U.S. states.

Yolanda HydeYolanda M. Hyde, associate professor, University of North Carolina School of Nursing, was among 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted by the National League for Nursing (NLN) into the Academy of Nursing Education at the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, USA, on 16 September. Hyde was president of the North Carolina League for Nursing from 2014 to 2016 while serving on the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Her contributions have helped strengthen the capacity of a national body of educators positioned to lead more effectively and bring changes that will strengthen nursing education nationwide.

Deborah JonesDeborah J. Jones, who has been serving as associate dean for professional development and faculty affairs in the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, has been appointed senior vice president and dean of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Nursing, effective 1 December. An expert in oral care, Jones’ research has helped change national health protocols aimed at reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia by improving oral hygiene. Earlier this year, she was elected to a three-year term on the board of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She serves as a peer reviewer for many national and international nursing and interdisciplinary journals, including the Journal of Clinical Nursing and American Journal of Critical Care.

Debra Lynch KellyDebra Lynch Kelly, assistant professor, University of Florida College of Nursing, Gainesville, Florida, USA, has been accepted as a full member of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Kelly is the only nurse who holds full status in this prestigious professional organization of more than 2,200 members. Her primary research emphasis is biobehavioral responses to distressing symptoms of chronic illness with a population focus in oncology. Her currently funded research involves biological mechanisms such as the gut microbiota, metabolites, and mitochondrial dysfunction of cancer-related symptoms.

Joyce KnestrickJoyce Marth Knestrick, associate professor of nursing at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, director of distance (online) education at the school, and associate professor of nursing at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, became president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) at the organization’s national conference in Philadelphia in June. Knestrick, who brings to the presidency 20 years of experience as a family NP serving predominantly low-income and underserved populations in urban areas as well as rural Appalachia, has held clinical roles as family nurse practitioner, nurse manager, and registered nurse in critical care, medical-surgical, pediatric, and long-term care settings. 

Bette MarianiBette S. Mariani, associate professor, Villanova University College of Nursing, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA, was among 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted by the National League for Nursing (NLN) into the Academy of Nursing Education at the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, USA, on 16 September. Focusing on improving the quality and rigor of simulation while adding breadth and depth to the science of nursing education, Mariani contributed to the writing of the Simulation Design Standard and developed a rubric to rate the rigor of published simulation-based studies. Mariani’s work with the National League for Nursing and her involvement as co-chair of the Research Committee of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation continue to bring about positive change in the quality of simulation and nursing education.

Lorina Marshall-BlakeLorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation and vice president, community affairs, Independence Blue Cross, was appointed by Sylvia Burwell, secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration, to serve on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice. The council provides advice on policy concerning issues related to the nursing workforce, education, and practice.

Annebelle MayAnnabelle M. May, emergency nurse, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, Olney, Maryland, USA, was inducted as a fellow into the Academy of Emergency Nursing at Emergency Nursing 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri, on 16 September. AEN fellows are chosen for their dedication to membership, enduring and substantial contributions that have a significant impact on advancement of emergency nursing, and potential for sustained input to the AEN. Since 2004, 148 emergency nurses have been inducted.

Mary McDevittMary T. McDevitt has been named to the board of Buckelew Programs, San Rafael, California, USA, whose mission is to promote recovery, resilience, and hope by providing behavioral health and support services that enhance quality of life. Founded in 1970 as Marin’s first community-based group home, serving six residents with mental illness, the organization has grown to provide counseling, detox services, housing, employment programs, and a suicide prevention hotline to more than 14,000 people in five Northern California counties. Prior to her retirement, McDevitt held senior roles at McKesson Corporation, a global healthcare services company.

Bernadette MelnykBernadette Melnyk, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean and professor, The Ohio State University College of Nursing, was honored with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 2017 Sharp Cutting Edge Award at a ceremony held during the AANP National Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, in June. The Sharp Cutting Edge Award was created in 1996 in honor of Nancy J. Sharp, a strong supporter of the nurse practitioner role and a leader in national nursing organizations.

Michael MoonMichael David Moon, associate professor, University of the Incarnate Word School of Nursing and Health Professions in San Antonio, Texas, USA, is the recipient of a 2017 Achievement Award from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), presented 15 September at Emergency Nursing 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. The award recognizes emergency nurses and exemplary supporters of the profession who demonstrate exceptional professional practice, innovation, leadership, and advocacy—who go above and beyond the call of duty. Each of the 16 awards has specific requirements and criteria, and the ENA Awards Committee reviews each blinded submission.

Amanda NenaberAmanda M. Nenaber, program director, Transitions of Care at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, USA, was presented the Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year Award at the 2017 annual conference of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The award recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement in all aspects of CNS practice. Nenaber plays a valuable leadership role in many of the University of Colorado Hospital’s pilot programs.

Joanne NooneJoanne Noone, associate professor and campus associate dean, Oregon Health & Science University, Ashland Campus, was among 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted by the National League for Nursing (NLN) into the Academy of Nursing Education at the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, USA, on 16 September. Noone has dedicated her career to promote health equity through learning activities to prepare nurses to care for diverse populations and an educational strategy to improve nursing workforce diversity. As a leader of the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education, Noone developed a model for undergraduate nursing programs to improve workforce diversity focused on recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation strategies. This has improved representation of underrepresented minority graduates in associated nursing programs.

Linda NormanLinda D. Norman, dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing, has been named ambassador for the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, an independent nonprofit organization that advocates for nursing science and its role in promoting the health and well-being of Americans. Norman is one of 15 nurse leaders selected nationally for their abilities to advance public, health profession, and policymaker awareness of the National Institute of Nursing Research’s agenda. The ambassadors focus on working with congressional leaders and educating them on high-impact, cost-effective treatments and quality-of-life developments generated by nursing science, with the ultimate goal of obtaining increased funding to ensure training of nurse scientists.

Mary NortonMary Norton, associate dean and professor of Global Academic Initiatives at Felician University, Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, and recipient of Sigma’s Lifetime Achievement Award, served as co-chair of the United Nations conference “Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals,” which took place at UN headquarters in New York City on 1 August 2017. Hosted by the UN Department of Public Information and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the daylong event took place to raise awareness of the high value that youth and older people can bring to implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Vinciya PandianVinciya Pandian, assistant professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing during ceremonies at the organization’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., on 7 October 2017. Internationally known for her work in tracheostomy and quality of life in mechanically ventilated patients, she has served as director of practice, education, and research for the Johns Hopkins Airway Program, including the tracheostomy and difficult airway programs. President of the MD/DC Chapter of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Society, she is president-elect of Sigma’s Nu Beta Chapter. Click here to access complete list of 2017 academy fellows.

JoAnne PhillipsJoAnne K. Phillips, manager of quality and patient safety at Penn Home Care and Hospice Services in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, USA, was presented the Sue B. Davidson Service Award at the 2017 annual conference of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. A member of the association since 2005, Phillips has served in several roles, including chair of the Alarm Fatigue Task Force and member of the Nominating Committee from 2015-17. She has also publicly spoken at numerous conferences in the U.S. and published research on alarm safety and the role clinical nurse specialists can play in improving care and patient safety.

Mariann PianoMariann R. Piano, formerly Nursing Collegiate Professor and head of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science at the University of Illinois College of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois, USA, has been named senior associate dean for research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN). A distinguished researcher in cardiovascular disease and expert on the effects of binge drinking among young adults, Piano will lead the School of Nursing’s research program, charged with supporting faculty scholarly endeavors, expanding the school’s research function, and directing efforts to increase external funding. She will also direct VUSN’s Center for Research Development and Scholarship, which supports faculty members in research-related scholarly activity. Piano succeeds Ann F. Minnick, the Julia Eleanor Chenault Professor of Nursing, who headed the school’s research program for a decade and has returned to teaching and scholarly work.

Demetrius PorcheDemetrius J. Porche, dean and professor, Louisiana State University Health, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, was among 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted by the National League for Nursing (NLN) into the Academy of Nursing Education at the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, USA, on 16 September. Recognized for his leadership contributions to excellence in nursing regulation and accreditation policy, Porche is founder and editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Men's Health. The author of two textbooks—Public and Community Health Nursing Practice: A Population-Based Approach and Health Policy: Application for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals—he led the development and implementation of several doctoral-level nurse practitioner programs.

Susan RendaSusan Renda, assistant professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing during ceremonies at the organization’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., on 7 October 2017. A certified diabetes educator who leads initiatives to improve access to diabetes care and deliver culturally competent patient care, Renda has more than 35 years of nursing experience. Locally, she serves as an American Diabetes Association education program coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Center and, globally, has worked with diabetes nurses in Kuwait through Johns Hopkins International.

Nancy ReynoldsNancy Reynolds, formerly Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing at Yale University, is now associate dean of global affairs at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON), effective 1 September. Her research focuses on the complexities of self-care behavior and treatment engagement and medication adherence among people living with chronic illnesses. Through numerous interdisciplinary trials, she has tested interventions that use low-cost cellphone technology to bring healthcare to vulnerable populations affected by HIV. Most recently, she led studies in India, Ghana, and the United States to enhance treatment adherence and health outcomes of vulnerable HIV-positive women and children. At JHSON, Reynolds will take a leading role in the school’s Center for Global Initiatives, which focuses on cross-discipline approaches to addressing social, economic, and political factors affecting global health systems.

Denise RhewDenise C. Rhew, clinical nurse specialist at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, part of the Cone Health network, is the recipient of a 2017 Achievement Award from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), presented 15 September at Emergency Nursing 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. The award recognizes emergency nurses and exemplary supporters of the profession who demonstrate exceptional professional practice, innovation, leadership, and advocacy—who go above and beyond the call of duty. Each of the 16 awards has specific requirements and criteria, and the ENA Awards Committee reviews each blinded submission.

Cheryl RulesCheryl Rules has been named dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health at Grantham University, Lenexa, Kansas, USA. With more than 34 years of experience in healthcare, nearly 30 of which were spent in intensive care, Rules was an ICU clinical educator before transitioning to the academic setting. Her experience in all aspects of education, from technical to doctoral degrees, includes an extensive background in distance learning and online education. The appointment comes on the heels of the university’s School of Nursing being awarded candidacy status through the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing.

Bruce SchoneboomBruce Schoneboom, senior director, education and professional development at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, was appointed by Sylvia Burwell, secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration, to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice. The council provides advice on policy concerning issues related to the nursing workforce, education, and practice.

Elizabeth ScruthElizabeth A. Scruth, clinical practical consultant, quality clinical effectiveness, with Kaiser Permanente Regional Division and assistant clinical professor, University of California San Francisco School of Nursing, was presented the Clinical Nurse Specialist Preceptor of the Year Award at the 2017 annual conference of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The award nationally recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a clinical nurse specialist preceptor who has demonstrated commitment to teach, coach, and mentor CNS students to achieve CNS competencies. Scruth was inducted as a fellow into the American College of Critical Care Medicine in 2013 and awarded a Circle of Nursing Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses in 2016.

Nancy Sharts-HopkoNancy C. Sharts-Hopko, professor and director of the PhD program at Villanova University College of Nursing, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA, was among 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted by the National League for Nursing (NLN) into the Academy of Nursing Education at the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, USA, on 16 September. Since 2003, Sharts-Hopko has served as inaugural director of the online PhD program, which she developed. The program has produced 55 graduates to date and has impacted nursing education internationally. Sharts-Hopko is a charter member of the National League for Nursing's Certification Commission, which she chaired from 2009-11.

Roy SimpsonRoy L. Simpson, vice president of nursing informatics for Cerner Corporation, where he provided executive leadership for nursing and strategic partnerships at the industry level, is now assistant dean of technology management at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Since 2014, he had been clinical professor in health informatics at the School of Nursing, where he was instrumental in development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. In his new role, Simpson will provide leadership and support for all informational, educational, and clinical simulation learning initiatives. Earlier this year, Simpson was appointed to the Committee on Nursing Education and Practice by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price (Trump administration). Earlier, he had been appointed to the committee by Secretary Sylvia Burwell (Obama administration). For his leadership in nursing informatics, Simpson was presented the National Library of Medicine’s Nursing Informatics Award and Sigma’s Virginia K. Saba Award. 

Elizabeth SloandElizabeth Sloand, associate professor and chair, Department of Acute and Chronic Care, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, was awarded the Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children during Sigma’s 44th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, held 28 October to 1 November. A pediatric nurse practitioner, Sloand worked in rural Haiti to help children and families recover after the 2010 earthquake. She teaches students interested in community health and focuses on the health and well-being of uninsured or underinsured children and youth in East Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Haiti; and other Caribbean nations. Sloand, who has a joint appointment with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics, also works as a nurse practitioner in the community, caring for children from birth through adolescence.

Mary Lou SoleMary Lou Sole, Orlando Health Endowed Chair and dean of the University of Central Florida College of Nursing, was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame during ceremonies held during Sigma’s 28th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland. The award is the highest level of recognition available for nurse researchers, honoring those who have achieved significant and sustained recognition, and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves. A certified critical care clinical nurse specialist, Sole has focused her research over the past three decades on preventing complications and improving outcomes of critically ill patients who are placed on a ventilator.

Dawn SpechtDawn M. Specht, assistant professor of nursing, American Sentinel University, was inducted as a fellow into the Academy of Emergency Nursing at Emergency Nursing 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri, on 16 September. AEN fellows are chosen for their dedication to membership, enduring and substantial contributions that have a significant impact on advancement of emergency nursing, and potential for sustained input to the AEN. Since 2004, 148 emergency nurses have been inducted.

Nancy SullivanNancy Sullivan, assistant professor and clinical simulation director, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, has been awarded the Capstone International Nursing Book Award. The award recognizes Sullivan’s co-authored publication Medical-Surgical Nursing: Making Connections to Practice. As director of clinical simulation at JHSON, Sullivan compares simulation and clinical environments to provide the best clinical-to-simulation ratio for student learning. She has expertise in nurse education, trauma, critical care, and administration.

Eileen Sullivan-MarxEileen M. Sullivan-Marx, dean and Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing, was named president-elect of the American Academy of Nursing following elections held during the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. After serving as president-elect from 2017 to 2019, she will transition to president of the academy in 2019 for a two-year term.

Sarah SzantonSarah L. Szanton, professor and director of the PhD program at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON), has been named director of the school’s Center for Innovative Care in Aging, effective February 2018. She succeeds Laura Gitlin, recently named dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. Szanton, who has served as associate director for policy within the Center for Innovative Care in Aging since 2015, holds joint appointments within Johns Hopkins and is adjunct faculty for international universities, including American University of Beirut and University of Technology, Sydney. In her new role, Szanton will oversee and lead the center’s efforts in advancing and supporting the well-being of older adults and their families using novel and innovative approaches, policies, and practices.

Michele UpvallMichele J. Upvall, professor and director, Nurse Educator Program, University of Central Florida, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing during ceremonies at the organization’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., on 7 October 2017. Upvall has dedicated her career to improving global health by creating and advancing nursing education programs. Her efforts extend beyond traditional university-based settings to encompass the “train the trainer” model, which enhances the knowledge and skills of practicing nurses. She serves on the Center of Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board of the American Nurses Association and has been a member of the Education Steering Committee for Health Volunteers Overseas since 2009, where she co-directs the education program in Bhutan. Click here to access complete list of 2017 academy fellows.

Sharon VanairsdaleSharon Vanairsdale, program director, Serious Communicable Diseases Unit, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, was inducted as a fellow into the Academy of Emergency Nursing at Emergency Nursing 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri, on 16 September. AEN fellows are chosen for their dedication to membership, enduring and substantial contributions that have a significant impact on advancement of emergency nursing, and potential for sustained input to the AEN. Since 2004, 148 emergency nurses have been inducted.

Tener Goodwin VeenemaTener Goodwin Veenema, associate professor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, is the 2017-18 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the National Academy of Science. Through the program, she is participating in a yearlong leadership opportunity working at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and influencing health policy. Veenema plans to use the program to expand her leadership experience in advancing national preparedness and interprofessional workforce readiness in public health emergencies. Internationally recognized for her expertise in disaster nursing and public health emergency preparedness, Veenema currently serves as a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Standing Committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Strategic National Stockpile. Veenema is a recipient of the International Committee of the Red Cross Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international distinction a nurse can achieve, and the Visiting Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award.

Shelly WellsShelly C. Wells, division chair and associate professor, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, Oklahoma, USA, was among 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted by the National League for Nursing (NLN) into the Academy of Nursing Education at the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, USA, on 16 September. Recognizing the need for flexible access to education for all nurses, Wells successfully increased those opportunities through online programs for BSN completion and graduate programs. She established academic/service partnerships to fund faculty positions to deliver a generic BSN program at four sites in rural Oklahoma and obtained funding to develop a rural BSN-to-DNP family nurse practitioner program.

Diana WilkieDiana Wilkie, Prairieview Trust–Earl and Margo Powers Endowed Professor at the University of Florida College of Nursing, Gainesville, and a team of researchers have received grant funding for a five-year study to evaluate whether dignity therapy led by a nurse or a chaplain for elderly patients facing a cancer diagnosis and receiving palliative care could improve outcomes, including the patients’ spiritual well-being. Funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Nursing Research, the study will include six sites across the country. Total funding over the five-year period is in excess of $3 million. Wilkie will serve as one of three principal investigators for the study along with Linda Emanuel, MD, from Northwestern University, and George Fitchett, PhD, of Rush University Medical Center. Studies have shown that dignity therapy, a spiritual intervention, is well accepted by patients, but it is not widely used, and questions remain about how best it can work in real-life settings.

Mary Ellen WurzbachMary Ellen Wurzbach, John McNaughton Rosebush Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, was inducted by the National League for Nursing as an honorary fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education at the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, USA, on 16 September. A recognized leader in nursing ethics education, Wurzbach developed the first nursing ethics course in the United States in the early 1980s. She was recognized as a pioneer in nursing ethics by Creighton University and as one of 100 Distinguished Alumna from the University of Minnesota over the past century. Her extensive publications have been instrumental in advancing nursing theory and practice.

Chao Hsing YehChao Hsing Yeh, associate professor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, was awarded a Sigma research grant for her project “Development of an Auricular Point Acupressure Smartphone Application to Self-Manage Chronic Low Back Pain.” An expert in auricular medicine, she is currently studying cancer-related symptom management, chronic pain management, and alternative medicine. After teaching at Chang Gung University School for Nursing in Taiwan for 12 years, Yeh was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for study and research at the University of North Carolina. Yeh and her research teams in Taiwan and the United States have published 83 manuscripts that report the results of their studies in nursing.

Mary Judith YohoMary Judith Yoho has been named system dean of nursing by Herzing University, where she will provide leadership and oversight of the university’s campus and online nursing programs. Yoho has more than 35 years of experience in nursing, including roles in nursing practice, instruction, research, management, and education policy. Throughout her career, Yoho has coordinated and participated in multiple grant projects and has authored and co-authored publications on topics that include student testing and faculty recruitment and retention. Administrative offices of Herzing University are located in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA.

Joyce ZurmehlyJoyce Zurmehly, associate professor of clinical nursing and director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, The Ohio State University College of Nursing, was among 14 distinguished nurse educators inducted by the National League for Nursing (NLN) into the Academy of Nursing Education at the 2017 Education Summit in San Diego, California, USA, on 16 September. Zurmehly’s primary area of contribution in nursing education is academic leadership, collaborating with state and national experts in setting enduring education policy. Working with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, she has broken new regulatory ground through recommendations that have helped foster innovations in education. RNL

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