Noteworthy member news

By STTI Editors | 10/01/2015

Acknowledging achievements of STTI members.

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Adams-Ender_Clara_SFWClara L. Adams-
Ender, a graduate of the historically black NC A&T State University, was selected to be inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame at its 30th annual meeting in September 2015. The Hall of Fame honors esteemed graduates of historically black colleges and universities who distinguished themselves in their careers. Brigadier General (ret.) Adams-Ender is being recognized by the hall for her contributions to government. In 2013, she was honored by the American Academy of Nursing as a Living Legend.
 
Anderson_Mindi_SFWMindi R. Anderson, previously associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, is now associate professor in the University of Central Florida College of Nursing. A certified health care simulation educator, Anderson has been a participant in multiple funded research projects, including those related to interprofessional education and innovative use and evaluation of simulation technology in preparing undergraduate and graduate students for nursing practice.
 
Astle_Sonia_SFWSonia Astle, clinical nurse specialist at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, USA, began a second term as a director of the AACN Certification Corporation (credentialing arm of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses), effective 1 July 2015. Astle has four decades of clinical experience, including 30 years with the U.S. Air Force. She has been associated with Inova Fairfax Hospital since 1996. Before then, she was a critical care CNS at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. She also served on active duty during Operation Desert Storm at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida as an ICU charge nurse.
 
Bakken_Suzanne_SFWSuzanne B. Bakken, alumni professor of nursing and professor of biomedical informatics at Columbia University School of Medicine at Columbia University School of Nursing, has been chosen as the 2015-16 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in Residence at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. A member of the Institute of Medicine since 2006, Bakken co-directs the Center for Evidence-Based Practice in the Underserved, as well as the school’s predoctoral and postdoctoral training program, Reducing Health Disparities through Informatics (RHeaDI). The IOM Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence program, supported by the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Foundation, was launched in 1992 to provide a year-long leadership opportunity for nurse leaders to participate in shaping health policy.
 
Bourgault_Annette_SFWAnnette Bourgault, previously interim assistant dean for assessment and development at Georgia Regents University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia), is now assistant professor in the graduate department of the University of Central Florida College of Nursing. Her research interests are critical care, evidence-based practice, and verification of feeding tube placement.
 
Cadmus_Edna_SFW2Edna Cadmus, clinical professor and specialty director, Nursing Leadership Program, Rutgers School of Nursing, and executive director of the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, Division of Advanced Nursing Practice, is the recipient of a 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award from the New Jersey Health Association.
 
Cassagnol_Jackie_SFWJacqueline ‘Jackie’ Cassagnol of Spring Valley, New York, USA, founder and president of Worldwide Community First Responder (WCFR), Inc., was presented the Safe Community Award at the 35th Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards breakfast, sponsored by Volunteer New York! The organization’s core mission is to inspire, mobilize, and equip individuals and groups to take positive action to address pressing challenges, support nonprofits and strengthen the quality of life in our community, located in New York’s mid-Hudson Valley.
 
Clement_Jeanne_SFWJeanne Clement, retired professor from Ohio State University who continues to provide therapy as an advanced-practice psychiatric mental health nurse, is the recipient of the 2015 Award for Distinguished Service, presented by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), in recognition of her commitment, initiative, loyalty, integrity, and exceptional and meritorious service to the APNA. Clement served as president of APNA from 2007-08 and continues to maintain an active role in the association. Most recently, she participated in the development and dissemination of APNA’s Recovery to Practice Curriculum, a nationwide program aligned with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Recovery to Practice initiative.
 
Cox_Jill_SFWJill M. Cox, assistant professor, Rutgers School of Nursing, is the recipient of a 2015 Excellence in Research Award from the New Jersey Health Association. An advanced practice nurse with a subspecialty in wound, ostomy and continence nursing, Cox has extensive clinical experience in management of various types of wounds and ostomy-related complications in patients in the acute care setting.Herresearch interests include pressure ulcer risk detection and pressure ulcer prevention among hospitalized patients.
 
Curtin_Kimberly_SFWKimberly Curtin, associate director of the clinical nurse leader program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, began serving a three-year term as a director of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, effective 1 July 2015. As associate director of the clinical nurse leader program, she has led and participated in several unit and departmental committees, including the DAISY Award Committee, Nursing Quality Committee, End-of-Life Committee, and Clinical Effectiveness. One of her favorite roles is mentoring staff nurses to develop evidence-based quality improvement projects, many of which have resulted in practice and policy changes as well as poster and podium presentations. Other roles at MD Anderson included Magnet program director and critical-care clinical nurse specialist.
 
Delaney_Kathleen_SFWKathleen Delaney, program director for the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program at Chicago’s Rush University and well-known researcher on workplace issues, is the recipient of the 2015 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse of the Year award, presented by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. This award is given to nurses who inspire others through their efforts in delivering mental health services to individuals, families, and their communities. Delaney was chosen specifically for improving the field of psychiatric nursing by bringing important issues to the forefront for attention and discussion.
 
Diaz_Desiree_SFWDesiree Ann Díaz, previously associate clinical professor and director of clinical simulation and resource laboratories at the University of Connecticut, has joined the University of Central Florida College of Nursing as an assistant professor in the undergraduate department. Her research focuses on simulation education and population with health care disparities, such as inmates and patients with limited proficiency in English. Díaz is the recipient of the American Association of University Professors’ Innovation in Education Excellence award and has served as a simulation mentor for the International Nursing Association Simulation Clinical Learning.
 
Disch_Joanne_SFWJoanne Disch, professor ad honorem at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, was awarded the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) during presentation of the 2015 Visionary Leadership Awards at the organization’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in May. The award recognizes Disch’s exceptional contributions to nursing during a 45-year career that enhanced the care of critically ill patients and their families and furthered AACN’s mission and vision. Disch is co-editor of Person and Family Centered Care. Published by STTI Books, it garnered a first place AJN Book of the Year Award in 2014 in the Nursing Management/Leadership category.
 
Edwards_Joellen_SFWJoellen B. Edwards, previously professor of graduate programs and associate dean for research at East Tennessee State University College of Nursing, is now a professor in the University of Central Florida College of Nursing where she is the new Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair in Nursing. Edwards’ research on health policy has been widely published over the past 20 years, and she is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Recently, she was principal investigator on a funded project with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Rural Health.
 
Elder_Jennifer_SFWJennifer Harrison Elder, professor and PhD program director at the University of Florida (UF) College of Nursing, will use seed money to help forge a much-needed bridge between patients with autism and professionals who can provide them with support and information.Elder has received a “Tier I Pipeline to Proposal” award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI, to build and forge collaborations to further autism research for underserved families. Elder, who will lead the nine-month research project at UF, seeks to connect patients and families in rural, underserved communities with clinicians, teachers, and community members to identify interventions that are most effective for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
 
Franks_Jean_SFW_rev.jpgJean Franks, perioperative nurse employed by Houston Northwest Medical Center and Northwest Surgery Center in Houston, Texas, USA, was among 150 Houston-area nurses honored at a Nurses Week luncheon for making a tangible, positive impact in the nursing community. Sponsored by the Houston Chronicle, the Salute to Nurses luncheon was followed three days later by a special Salute to Nurses section of the newspaper that again honored Franks and the other nurses. On 12 November 2015, Franks will again be honored, this time as one of 25 Outstanding Nurses in the Houston-Galveston area, at the 25th Annual Nursing Celebration, hosted by the Texas Nurses Association, District 9.
 
Fulmer_Terry_SFWTerry Fulmer began serving as president of the John A. Hartford Foundation on 15 May 2015. Prior to her appointment, she served as University Distinguished Professor and Dean of Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University (NU) and professor of public policy and urban affairs in NU’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities. A leading expert in geriatrics, Fulmer is best known for her research on elder abuse and neglect, funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute for Nursing Research. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine, she serves as chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program. Fulmer served as the first nurse on the board of the American Geriatrics Society and was the first nurse to serve as president of the Gerontological Society of America. As president of the foundation, she succeeds Corinne H. Rieder, who led the Foundation from 1997 until her retirement in 2015.
 
Gonzalez_Laura_SFWLaura Gonzalez has been appointed clinical assistant professor and simulation coordinator across all nursing programs at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing. Her research in simulation and innovative technologies is focused on preparing future nurses and improving patient outcomes. Her currently funded research includes using high-fidelity simulation to bridge the knowledge and skills gap from graduate nurse to professional nurse. Presently serving as interim director for the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance, she is a board member and vice president of programs for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.
 
Guido-Sanz_Frank_SFWFrank Guido-Sanz, who previously served as an adjunct faculty member in the undergraduate department of Florida International University, is now assistant professor in the University of Central Florida College of Nursing. His research focus is critical care, which he has presented on regionally and internationally. Guido-Sanz currently is a nurse practitioner volunteer for the Mobile Acute Care Strike Team, Florida Advanced Surgical and Transport Team, and the National Disaster Medical System International Medical Surgical Rescue Team, with which he deployed to Haiti in 2010 for earthquake relief.
 
Hanneman_Sandra_SFWSandra K. Hanneman, the Jerold B. Katz Distinguished Professor for Nursing Research professor and professor in the Center for Nursing Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has joined the advisory board of The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS). Hanneman conducts laboratory and clinical research on weaning adult patients from mechanical ventilation, using a chronobiology perspective, and clinical trials to test the efficacy and safety of interventions to prevent pulmonary complications in mechanically ventilated adults. Hanneman was the 1994 University of Florida College of Nursing Outstanding Alumna and 2000 Distinguished Research Lecturer of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She has served on several federal and non-federal grant review panels and editorial boards of nursing research journals.
 
Hannon_Robin_SFWRobin A. Hannon, director, Personal Health, St. Clair County Health Department, Belleville, Illinois, USA, is one of 25 nurses from 22 states selected to participate in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Nurse Leaders (PHNL) program. The two-year leadership development program is designed to strengthen the capacity of senior public health nurses to improve population health, address social determinants of health, respond to emerging trends in health and health care, influence policy, and lead collaboration in their communities. As part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, the PHNLs will work closely with the Action Coalitions in their states to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.
 
Hardy_Jessica_SFWJessica T. Hardy, director, Office of Women’s Health, Alabama Department of Public Health, Montgomery, Alabama, USA, is one of 25 nurses from 22 states selected to participate in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Nurse Leaders (PHNL) program. The two-year leadership development program is designed to strengthen the capacity of senior public health nurses to improve population health, address social determinants of health, respond to emerging trends in health and health care, influence policy, and lead collaboration in their communities. As part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, the PHNLs will work closely with the Action Coalitions in their states to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.
 
Hickman_Ronald_SFW2Ronald L. Hickman Jr., acute care nurse practitioner and associate professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, has been recognized as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing for his contributions to the profession. Hickman’s most recent research project, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars award, is investigating the role of emotions on cognitive function and decision-making of people who must make end-of-life care decisions for family members in an intensive care unit. Hickman joins 162 nurse leaders from around the world for induction into the academy during its annual policy conference, “Transforming Health, Driving Policy,” on Oct. 17 in Washington, D.C. 
 
Higbee_Laurie_SFWLaurie Higbee, formerly nursing supervisor of the Palomar Health Wound Care Center in San Marcos, California, USA, has been promoted to nurse manager for that center as well as the Palomar Health Wound Care Center in Poway, California.
 
 
 
Hinkle_Julie_SFWJulie Hinkle, previously a lecturer and site coordinator for the University of Central Florida/Valencia College Dual Enrollment Concurrent ASN-to-BSN program, is now assistant professor in the graduate department of the University of Central Florida College of Nursing. An expert in pathophysiology, she focuses her research on innovative technologies and interventions, such as simulation, online interventions, and applications. Her current research includes development of an innovative software solution that incorporates adaptive learning to change how courses are taught.
 
Jeffries_Pam_SFWPamela R. Jeffries, who served as Johns Hopkins School of Nursing associate dean for academic affairs, vice dean of faculty, and vice provost of digital initiatives, is now dean of George Washington University School of Nursing, a role she began on 6 April 2015. She succeeds Jean Johnson, founding dean of GW School of Nursing, who retired in December 2014. Earlier in her career, Jeffries served as associate dean of undergraduate programs at Indiana University School of Nursing where she implemented a faculty-student mentor program and helped design a state-of-the-art simulation center.
 
Johnson_Celeste_SFWCeleste M. Johnson, director of nursing, psychiatric services, at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas, USA, has been elected member-at-large on the board of directors of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Johnson has more than 35 years of experience as a psychiatric mental health clinician, advanced practice nurse, educator, administrator, consultant and translator of evidence into practice. She will assume office at the end of the upcoming APNA 29th Annual Conference, slated for 28-31 October.
 
Kahane_Mildred_SFWMildred (Loughlin) Kahane was awarded the Ruth S. Harley Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Adelphi University in Uniondale, New York, USA, during commencement on 21 May 2015. One of the first school nurses in Anchorage, Alaska, she served as the first executive officer of the newly created Alaska Board of Nursing, and first director of nursing in the new Alaska Presbyterian Hospital. After earning her master’s degree and a certificate in public health nursing, she was named assistant professor of nursing at Sacramento State College and, in 1968, appointed to the California Board of Registered Nursing by Governor Ronald Reagan. In 1970, she established a nurse practitioner program at Kaiser Permanente, which eventually became a collaborative effort with the University of California, Davis. In 1985, she joined the Kaiser Permanente regional office in Oakland, California, as a consultant in the department of accreditation and regulations. She also served as a liaison to hospital nursing administrators as well as to hospice and home health agencies, retiring in 1995.
 
Kesten_Karen_SFWKaren S. Kesten, director of educational innovations at American Association of Colleges of Nursing in Washington, D.C., began serving a one-year term as chair-elect of the AACN Certification Corporation (credentialing arm of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses), effective 1 July 2015. She served an extended term as a director from 1 July 2014, through 30 June 2015 and previously served a three-year term from 1 July 2011 through 30 June 2014. Kesten continues part-time as associate professor at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, Washington, where she has taught since 1999.
 
Kidd_Michelle_SFWMichelle Kidd, clinical nurse specialist for critical care in two ICUs at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana, USA, as well as a member of multiple hospital-wide and system-wide teams, began serving a three-year term as a director of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), effective 1 July 2015. Kidd’s extensive AACN involvement includes service as an ambassador, and membership on the program planning committee for the 2013-14 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, the chapter poster abstract review panel, and the evidence-based poster abstract review panel. Much of her time is spent mentoring and coaching nursing leaders in her AACN chapter and critical-care hospital units where she serves as a clinical nurse specialist.
 
Kinchen_Elizabeth_SFWElizabeth Kinchen, previously teaching assistant in nursing at Florida Atlantic University while completing advanced degrees, is now assistant professor in the undergraduate department of the University of Central Florida College of Nursing. A board-certified advanced holistic nurse, Kinchen has presented and been published in several journals for her research on holistic nursing care, and is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association.
 
Kurth_Ann_SFWAnn Kurth, professor of nursing, medicine, and public health at New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN), and founder and executive director of NYUCN Global, which conducts research and implements programs to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, and communities in the United States and throughout the world, has been appointed dean of Yale School of Nursing (YSN), effective 1 January 2016. At NYU, Kurth also presently holds the inaugural Paulette Goddard Professorship in Global Health Nursing, and is associate dean for research at the NYU College of Global Public Health and professor of medicine in the NYU Department of Population Health. As a clinically trained epidemiologist, Kurth, an inductee of STTI’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, focuses her research on improving prevention, detection, and care of those with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections; promotion of reproductive health; and strengthening health systems globally by using information and communication technologies, among other approaches, to further the establishment of health care and workforce training programs.
 
LaManna_Jacqueline_SFWJacqueline LaManna, previously a lecturer and site coordinator for the University of Central Florida (UCF) Cocoa campus, where a traditional BSN program is offered, is now assistant professor in the graduate department of the University of Central Florida College of Nursing. Her research focus is gerontology and chronic disease management. She chairs the American Association of Diabetes Educators Research Committee and is a member of the American Diabetes Association.
 
Lewis_Lisa_SFWLisa M. Lewis, associate professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, has been appointed a Penn Fellow. Lewis, chair of the University Senate Committee on Faculty Development, Diversity, and Equity, has served on the White House Forum on Women and the Economy as well as the State of Black Women’s Health Panel, convened by Kathleen Sebelius, former Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Penn Fellow program is designed to provide a select group of campus leaders with an opportunity to build University-wide networks, think strategically about higher education and learn more about Penn and its programs by interacting informally with members of the University’s executive team.
 
Limata_Carole_SFWCarole Limata has tapped her 40 years of nursing experience in neonatology, community health, and genetics to write a second historical-fiction novel, this one titled Ellis Angels On The Move: Making A Difference in Brooklyn, available in print and as an e-book. It is the continuing story of creative nurses with a strong community health focus.In the book, after visiting Lillian Wald, founder of the Henry Street and the Visiting Nurse Association, the nurses leave Ellis Island Hospital to establish a settlement house and health clinic in Brooklyn.
 
Lucero_Robert_SFWRobert Lucero, associate professor at University of Florida College of Nursing, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing for his contributions to the profession. Lucero, who joined UF earlier this year, conducts research focusing on enabling health promotion and enhancing health care delivery through consumer health informatics. Lucero, who holds a joint appointment with the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in Gainesville, is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a Ford Foundation faculty fellow of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. He joins 162 nurse leaders from around the world for induction into the academy during its annual policy conference, “Transforming Health, Driving Policy,” on Oct. 17 in Washington, D.C. 
 
McLoughlin_Kris_SFWKris A. McLoughlin, associate hospital director of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan in Denver, Colorado, USA, is president elect of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and will assume office at the end of the upcoming APNA 29th Annual Conference, slated for 28-31 October. Former assistant dean of innovative clinical education at UCLA School of Nursing in Los Angeles, McLoughlin has served in a leadership capacity for numerous national initiatives, including developing an APNA educational curriculum for psychiatric-mental health inpatient nurses, updating the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice (2014), and serving as guest editor for a special edition of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
 
McQuillan_Karen_SFWKaren McQuillan, clinical nurse specialist at R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, is now president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and will serve in that role through 30 June 2016. She previously served as president-elect from 1 July 2014 through 30 June 2015 and as a director the previous year. An investigator, author and presenter on issues related to trauma and nursing, McQuillan holds an associate faculty position with the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.
 
Melnyk_Bern_SFWBernadette Melnyk, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University, and editor, Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, has been chosen as the first president of the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities. Naming of officers for the consortium marks a historic step in the effort to revolutionize the culture of health and wellness at colleges and universities in the organization, which was founded under Melnyk’s leadership after the inaugural BHAC national summit in April 2013, which was held at Ohio State. The second national summit was held at the University of California, Irvine.
 
Millet_Clair_SFWClair P. Millet, director of nursing, Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals, Office of Public Health, Paulina, Louisiana, USA, is one of 25 nurses from 22 states selected to participate in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Nurse Leaders (PHNL) program. The two-year leadership development program is designed to strengthen the capacity of senior public health nurses to improve population health, address social determinants of health, respond to emerging trends in health and health care, influence policy, and lead collaboration in their communities. As part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, the PHNLs will work closely with the Action Coalitions in their states to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.
 
Munoz_Anahi_SFWAnahi Munoz, assistant professor, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Miramar, Florida, USA, is a recipient of the annual Ansell Cares H.E.R.O. Nurse Service Award. The award recognizes nurses who have made lasting positive impressions on their peers, patients, profession, and communities. The 2015 contest was launched at the 62nd annual congress of the Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN). Nurses were nominated by their peers. The 10 nominees receiving the most votes were named the winners of the award. Munoz was nominated by a colleague for being an outstanding instructor who goes “above and beyond her call of duty to ensure the success of her students.”
 
Nogueras_Debra_SFWDebra ‘Debbie’ J. Nogueras, academic director of nursing, Tri-Cities Nursing Program, Washington State University, Richland, Washington, USA, has been named Rand Wortman Kadlec Distinguished Chair of Nursing for exceptional service to the local health care community. Nogueras is the first of five faculty chairs to be named a Kadlec Distinguished Chair of Nursing, this chair honoring Rand Wortman. Under the leadership of Wortman, regional chief executive for Providence Health and Services, Kadlec Regional Medical Center restructured and developed as a regional referral hospital, growing from 920 employees in 2000 to more than 3,000 in 2015. He also led formation of the Kadlec Clinic. The positions were made possible by an $18 million donation from Kadlec Regional Medical Center to hire nursing faculty at WSU Tri-Cities.
 
Potter_Teddie_SFWTeddie M. Potter, clinical associate professor and coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership program and director of Inclusivity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing for her contributions to the profession. Potter is the co-author of Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Healthcare. Published by Sigma Theta Tau International, the book was awarded second place in the Professional Development and Issues Category and awarded a second-place AJN Book of the Year Award in the Professional Development and Issues category. The book gives nurses and other healthcare professionals the tools they need to re-examine the current state of interdisciplinary partnerships and build a more effective, caring, and sustainable healthcare system. 
 
Prasun_Marilyn_SFWMarilyn A. Prasun, clinical nurse specialist, researcher, and coordinator of the heart failure disease management program at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois, USA, has been elected president of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN). Prasun, who has worked with hospitalized cardiac patients as well as outpatients for the past 20 years as an advanced practice nurse, has served as primary investigator and co-investigator for a number of clinical studies and has published articles in many professional cardiovascular journals and magazines. She was the 2002 recipient of the American Heart Association Martha N. Hill New Investigator of the Year Award, sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, for research on self-care and diuretic titration in heart failure patients. In 2007, she was inducted as a fellow into the American Heart Association and Council on Cardiovascular Nursing.
 
Rice_Michael_SFWMichael J. Rice, professor, Endowed Chair of Psychiatric Mental Health, and co-director of the psychiatric nurse practitioner program at the College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Center, University of Colorado, has been elected member-at-large on the board of directors of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. A fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Rice came to Anschutz from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he was a professor of psychiatric nursing and founding associate director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he received the Inaugural Distinguished Service Award in 2013. He will assume office at the end of the upcoming APNA 29th Annual Conference, slated for 28-31 October.
 
Rivera-Newberry_Ivonne_SFWIvonne Rivera-Newberry, assistant director, Reno County Health Department, Hutchinson, Kansas, USA, is one of 25 nurses from 22 states selected to participate in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Nurse Leaders (PHNL) program. The two-year leadership development program is designed to strengthen the capacity of senior public health nurses to improve population health, address social determinants of health, respond to emerging trends in health and health care, influence policy, and lead collaboration in their communities. As part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, the PHNLs will work closely with the Action Coalitions in their states to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.
 
Rogers_Ann_SFWAnn E. Rogers, the Edith Honeycutt Chair in Nursing at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where she is a professor and director of graduate studies, was awarded the Pioneering Spirit Award by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses during presentation of the 2015 Visionary Leadership Awards at the organization’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in May. Rogers’ work on nurse fatigue and patient safety has broken new ground in terms of both research and impact on policy.
 
Saladino_Louise_SFWLouise Saladino, currently director of nursing at Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, USA, and previously clinical operations director, cardiology, at Duke University Health System in Durham, North Carolina (2007-15), began serving a three-year term as a director of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), effective 1 July 2015. Saladino has worked primarily in acute and critical care of cardiology patients. Her primary focus is on safety—through formation of unit-based safety teams, family initiated rapid response teams, and early nurse intervention teams, as well as alarm management.
 
Schmidt_Judith_SFWJudith E. Schmidt, immediate past president of New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA), has been named the organization’s chief executive officer. She has served as interim CEO since December 2014. For more than three decades, Schmidt has practiced at Community Medical Center in Toms River, New Jersey, USA, where she is currently nurse educator for the night shift. As a clinical instructor, she has taught at Seton Hall University, College of Nursing and Ocean County College.
 
Scott_Patricia_SFWPatricia N. Scott, director, Center for Health Advancement, Arkansas Department of Health, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, is one of 25 nurses from 22 states selected to participate in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Nurse Leaders (PHNL) program. The two-year leadership development program is designed to strengthen the capacity of senior public health nurses to improve population health, address social determinants of health, respond to emerging trends in health and health care, influence policy, and lead collaboration in their communities. As part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, the PHNLs will work closely with the Action Coalitions in their states to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.
 
Shea_Joyce_SFWJoyce Muriel Shea, associate professor of nursing at Fairfield University School of Nursing, has been elected secretary of the board of directors of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. An advanced practice registered nurse with board certification as an adult psychiatric-mental health clinical nurse specialist, she has more than 30 years’ experience working in multiple modalities and diverse settings. Shea will assume office at the end of the upcoming APNA 29th Annual Conference, slated for 28-31 October.
 
Smith_Gigi_SFWGeorgette “Gigi” Smith, associate dean of academics at MUSC College of Nursing in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, has received a $928,000, three-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) to improve and enhance training of students in health professions to provide competent screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for persons who have been or are at risk for substance abuse disorder. The grant will allow Smith and the MUSC SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) team to develop and implement training programs to teach undergraduate and graduate nursing students, and medical students the skills necessary to provide evidence-based screening and brief intervention and refer patients who are at risk for a substance use disorder (SUD) to appropriate treatment.
 
Sole_MaryLou_SFWMary Lou Sole, interim dean of University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Nursing since 2013, began serving as dean of the school on 1 July. Sole joined UCF in 1991 as a visiting associate professor in the university’s former school of nursing, which served the Orlando and Cocoa campuses. As interim dean, Sole has advanced the college’s teaching and research-related capabilities in simulation, virtual-reality applications, professional partnerships with hospitals and health care providers in the community, and interdisciplinary collaboration across the university. Additionally, she holds an appointment as a Clinical Scientist in the Center for Nursing Research at Orlando Health and is certified as a critical-care clinical nurse specialist. Prior to coming to UCF, Sole was a faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing at San Antonio, and a clinical nurse specialist at Santa Rosa Hospital.
 
Stacciarini_Jeanne-Marie_SFWJeanne-Marie Stacciarini, associate professor at University of Florida College of Nursing, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing for her contributions to the profession. Stacciarini focuses her research on mental health promotion among minorities, as well as community-based participatory research for minorities in rural and international populations. Currently principal investigator on an NIH Career Development K-Award she is using to examine health inequalities and social isolation among rural Latinos, she is also a co-principal investigator on an international center for gender and health disparities, working with researchers from Mexico and Peru. In recognition of her work with underserved populations, Stacciarini received the 2012 Southern Nursing Research Society Award for research in minority health and the 2014 American Psychiatric Nursing Association Award for excellence in research.
 
Stuart_Gail_SFWGail W. Stuart, dean of the College of Nursing at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), has been appointed to a four-year term on the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA).SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Stuart, an expert in psychiatric nursing, is the only nurse currently serving on this national board. In addition to her role as nursing dean, Stuart is also a professor in the MUSC College of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.Stuart’s clinical and research interests involve study of depression, anxiety disorders, clinical outcomes, and mental health delivery systems.
 
Takamori_Joan_SFWJoan Akemi Takamori, chief, Public Health Nursing Branch, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, is one of 25 nurses from 22 states selected to participate in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Nurse Leaders (PHNL) program. The two-year leadership development program is designed to strengthen the capacity of senior public health nurses to improve population health, address social determinants of health, respond to emerging trends in health and health care, influence policy, and lead collaboration in their communities. As part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, the PHNLs will work closely with the Action Coalitions in their states to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.
 
Taylor-Smith_Michelle_SFWMichelle Taylor-Smith, vice president and chief nursing officer for Greenville Health System (GHS), has been appointed chief experience officer for the system. As primary administrative lead for GHS’s Commitment to Excellence program, Taylor-Smith, relying on previous experience in leading organizational quality and culture transition initiatives, will be responsible for leading and advancing the quality of the patient and family experience across all GHS’s eight facilities.
 
Upvall_Michele_SFWMichele J. Upvall, previously professor at Carlow University School of Nursing, is now a professor in the graduate department of the University of Central Florida College of Nursing and coordinator of the school’s nurse educator MSN and certificate programs. Her research is in global health, and she recently co-edited the book Global Health Nursing: Building and Sustaining Partnerships. Upvall has also created nursing education programs to make an impact nationally and internationally, including the first BSN program on American Indian lands and first MSN program in Pakistan. Currently, she is facilitating the development of an RN-to-BSN program in Lebanon and has started discussions with universities in Vietnam and Uganda.
 
Weinstein_Sharon_SFWSharon M. Weinstein, motivational speaker, consultant, and author of B Is for Balance, published by STTI Publishing, was honored at the National Speakers Association Annual Conference on 18 July as a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) in Washington, DC, one of only 21 nurses worldwide to hold that coveted designation.
 
Wiencek_Clareen_SFWClareen Wiencek, associate professor of nursing at the University of Virginia School of Nursing and coordinator of the acute care nurse practitioner program at the school, is now president-elect of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and will serve in that role through 30 June 2016. Wiencek, who has almost 40 years of experience as a bedside nurse in critical care, nurse manager, educator, and researcher, previously served a three-year term as a director, from 1 July 2011 through 30 June 2014, and a concurrent term as a director on the AACN Certification Corporation board, from July 2013 through June 2014.
 
Zukowski_Rebecca_SFWRebecca Zukowski, formerly associate academic dean and chairperson for Mount Aloysius College Division of Nursing in Cresson, Pennsylvania, USA, is now dean of Resurrection University (ResU) College of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Zukowski is certified as a project management professional (PMP) and her bibliography includes numerous publications and scholarly activities. In addition to extensive teaching and administration experience, she has served as a senior research associate for the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) and played a key role in establishing the center's mission, strategic planning, and field research work. Based upon her work in the field and her own research, she was named associate editor for the scholarly journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.
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