AACN News—October 1998—People

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Vol. 15, No. 11, OCTOBER 1998

Members on the Move


Charlene “Charlie” Winters, RN, DNSc, CS, graduated with a doctor of nursing science degree from Rush University, Chicago, Ill. Winters is an assistant professor of nursing at Montana State University-Bozeman.

Deb Cordes, RN, MSN CCRN, completed the clinical nurse specialist master’s program at Indiana University-Indianapolis. She accepted a teaching position at Indiana University-Indianapolis.

Bridget Jordan, RN, BSN, CCRN, received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Central Florida, Orlando. She was inducted into the Theta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Lola M. Prince, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, FNP, earned a master of science in nursing degree with distinction and a focus as a nurse practitioner from DePaul University, Chicago, Ill. She was inducted into the Zeta Sigma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. In addition, Prince passed the American Nurses Credentialing Center certification exam for family nurse practitioners. She is a family nurse practitioner for the REACH program at the University of Chicago.

Joanne Disch, RN, PhD, FAAN, received a distinguished alumna award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing. She is vice president of patient and family services at Fairview University Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn.

Carol Hinkle, RN, MSN, CCRN, of Cullman, Ala., received the 1998 Lamplighter Award from the Alabama League for Nursing. This award recognizes exemplary achievements in service to others.

Jane H. Barnsteiner, RN, PhD, FAAN, received the Eastern Nursing Research Society’s Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award. She was cited for her use of research activities including with the Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing.

Susan Moore, RN, CCRN, OCN, was awarded a master’s scholarship in oncology nursing by the American Cancer Society. In addition, she was named the Hematology/ Oncology Nurse of the Year for 1998 by the Leukemia Research Foundation. Moore is oncology/ bone marrow transplant coordinator at Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.

Donna M. Coimbra-Emanuele, RN, MN, CCRN, CEN, received the Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award for 1998 from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. In addition, she published an article titled “Making the Most of the NP in the ED” in the April 1998 issue of
Management Update, a publication of the Emergency Nurses Association. Coimbra-Emanuele is a family nurse practitioner at Verdugo Hills Medical Associates in Glendale, Calif., and an emergency nurse practitioner at Long Beach Community Medical Center. She is also a preceptor for the graduate and postgraduate family and acute care nurse practitioner programs at the University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and Azusa Pacific Universities.

Skip G. Morelock, RN, BS, CCRN, was promoted to shift coordinator of the cardiothoracic and transplant ICU at St. Paul Medical Center, Dallas, Tex.

Shelly Buck-Williams, RN, BSN, CCRN, CNRN, was appointed clinical coordinator of the progressive surgical unit at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital, Richmond, Va. The unit specializes in the postsurgical care of acute and intermediate patients.

Debra Chamberlain, RN, MBA, CCRN, has been appointed director of Sibley Heart Center at Egleston Children’s Hospital, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. Chamberlain formerly was director of critical care and pulmonary services at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Laredo, Tex.

E. Marsha Elixson, RNC, MS, CCRN, has been appointed advanced practice/clinical nurse specialist for cardiac services at Sibley Heart Center, Egleston Children’s Hospital, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. Elixson formerly was the clinical nurse specialist/case manager for pediatric cardiology/cardiac surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She is a past president of the Greater Boston Chapter-AACN.

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Nurses Provide Heart Link in Colombia

Kathy Vagle (right) works with a Columbian nurse to care for a 3-year-old who received heart surgery with the assistance of Children’s HeartLink.

Three AACN members were part of a Children’s HeartLink medical team that traveled to Colombia earlier this year to help underprivileged children suffering from heart disease.

Fern Wilcox, RN, Kathy Vagle, RN, and Jodi Muenkel, RN, joined the volunteers who worked with the Colombian cardiovascular team at Hospital Universitario del Valle in Cali, Colombia. Children’s HeartLink has been sending medical teams, providing education and training to the Colombian medical staff, funding children’s surgeries, and donating thousands of dollars worth of equipment and supplies since the late 1980s. The participants in this trip were from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and the University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis.

Nine children received surgery during the team’s 1-week visit. In addition, the nurse volunteers gave hands-on lessons and classes on caring for postoperative heart patients, paying special attention to the specific type of surgery each child received.

Wilcox is coordinator of patient treatment and nursing education at Children’s HeartLink. Vagle and Muenkel both are pediatric ICU nurses.

For more information about Children’s HeartLink, contact Fern Wilcox at (612) 928-4860, ext. 12; e-mail, chl_prog@mtn.org, or visit the Children’s HeartLink home page.


Retired Nurse Turns From Software to Soft Touch

Myrtle M. Evans, RN, BS, CCRN, of Battle Creek, Mich., was accepted by the Mission Society of United Methodists to serve a 1-year term in the republic of Kazakhstan.

Evans, who retired 2 years ago from the Battle Creek Health System, said she will be learning “more of people-service, less of compuserve” and “less of software, more of soft touch.”


During her year in Kazakhstan, she said she hopes to interact with intensive care nurses and medical staff in the city of Karaganda.

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