AACN News—August 1999—People

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Vol. 16, No. 8, AUGUST 1999

Members on the Move


Cathy J. Thompson, RN, PhD, CCRN, received the Chancellor's Teaching Recognition Award for the School of Nursing during the commencement ceremony at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. This award is presented to one faculty member in each school who demonstrates commitment to providing students a high quality learning experience; maintains high standards for both the rigor of course content and student performance; and possesses personal attributes that make the faculty member an effective role model. The students of the School of Nursing nominate and select the faculty member to receive this award each year.

Capt. Laura L. Feider, RN, MN, CCRN, received the Army’s Change of Practice Award for a study titled “Risk Factors for Nosocomial Pneumonia in the ICU,” presented at the 1999 Research Day at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash. She received the Army Achievement Medal and her research abstract was to be published in the U.S. Army Medical Department Journal. Feider is head nurse of the postanesthesia care unit at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. She completed her master’s in nursing degree at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Pamela Mitchell, has been appointed associate dean for research at the University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle.

Jill Renee Hecker, RNC, MSN, ARNP, of Neenah, Wis., has been certified as a family nurse practitioner.

Sophia Chu Rodgers, RN, MSN, NP-C, ACNP, of Albuquerque, N.M, is now an instructor for the Fundamental Critical Care Support Course, sponsored by
the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Lea D. Carillo, RN, BS, has accepted a position as an open-heart, surgical staff nurse in the cardiac surgical unit at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, Calif. She is also an ICU/CCU staff nurse at Kaiser Permanente, Harbor City, Calif.

Cherie L. Gorby, RN, BSN, CCRN, has been promoted from director of maternal child services to administrator of patient care services at Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colo. In the newly created position, Gorby is in a nurse executive role that reports directly to the CEO and is responsible for the development and quality of care delivered to all patients.
1st Lt. Denise Leclerc, RN, BSN, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was accepted to attend the U.S. Army’s ICU course at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash. After completing the course, she will be assigned to Tripler General Medical Center in Oahu, Hawaii.

Marie Lasater, RN, MSN, CCRN, of La Mesa, Calif., was awarded a research grant by the Gamma Gamma Chapter of Sigma Tau International for a study titled “Efficacy of Noninvasive Cardiac Output Monitoring in Evaluation of Reperfusion after Thrombolytic Therapy.”

Dorris L. Mendonca, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNOR, was the author of an article titled “Perceived and Unmet Needs of Critical Care Patients’ Family Members,” which was published in the May 1998 issue of Critical Care Nursing Quarterly. In addition, she earned her advanced cardiac life support instructor certificate. She is assistant manager of perioperative nursing for Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Mary Walker, RN, BSN, CCRN, co-authored an article titled “Goodpasture’s Syndrome: A Nursing Challenge” with Phyllis Avella, RN, CCRN. The article
was published in the March/April issue of Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. In addition,
Walker was inducted into the Delta Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International as a graduate student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is a member of the San Antonio Chapter of AACN.

Tracy L. Weistreich, RNC, MSN, CCRN, of Las Vegas, Nev., has graduated from Clarkson College, Omaha, Neb., with a master’s degree in nursing education. She has also been certified in staff development and continuing education.

Mike Mayo, RN, graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University in Alabama with a bachelor of science in nursing degree. He was inducted into both the Theta Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Marilyn Dillard, RN, MSN, of Bartlett, Tenn., received her master of science in nursing degree as a clinical nurse specialist from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. She was inducted into the Eta Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. Dillard currently is working as a supplemental emergency department and ICU staff member.

Diane M. Adiutori, RN, MSN, CCRN, graduated from the University of Pittsburg (Pa.) School of Nursing as an acute care nurse practitioner. Her specialty focus is critical care and trauma.

Rochelle R. Armola, RN, MSN, has graduated from the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, with a master of science in nursing degree in the clinical nurse specialist program. She received the Hewlett Packard Company Award as the outstanding graduate in critical care. Armola has accepted a position as the heart failure clinical coordinator at the Medical College of Ohio, where she is designing and implementing a disease management program for heart failure patients who enter the system in collaboration with the patient’s primary care physician.

Mark R. Kruland, RN, BSN, CCRN, graduated magna cum laude from the RN-MSN bridge program at Texas Women’s University, Dallas, Texas, and will be inducted into the Beta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

Barbara Brown, RN, MN, CCRN, PhD, received her doctorate from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa. She is a professor at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh.

New Nurse Likes the Variety, Intensity and Emotional Satisfaction of Her Specialty

Editor’s note: Following is a response from Pamela J. Erb, RN, to a question in the January issue of AACN News, asking new critical care nurses why they chose this specialty. Erb is a December 1997 nursing graduate.

By Pamela J. Erb

At the age of 39 years, I chose a career in nursing and have been practicing in an intermediate care telemetry unit for the past nine months.
Initially, I requested a general ICU position. However, the hospital with which I preferred to affiliate had only the intermediate care-telemetry position open. I jumped at the opportunity!

Why? Because I recognize that critical care nursing is being carried out in a wide variety of situations. There is not the specific focus that there is on a renal floor or obstetrics unit.

The patients I care for have a range of multifaceted problems including cardiac, trauma, medical-surgical, and drug overdose or withdrawal issues.

I believe I am getting more education on my unit for the dollar earned and have the opportunity to meet patients from all walks of life and medical backgrounds. Patient and family emotions run high, giving the nurse an opportunity to make a huge difference from a psychosocial aspect.

I like being busy, and my unit never lacks for something to do. The pace is almost always hectic. Last night I had six patients with issues ranging from heroin withdrawal, gastrointestinal bleed with supraventricular tachycardia, fresh angiogram, rule out myocardial infarction (had ventricular tachycardia earlier that day), diabetic with syncope, and a severely bradycardic variable block atrial flutter/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. What a combination! I was wearing my track shoes and I think I wore away some of the tread!

I guess I enjoy the variety, the intense nurse involvement in care, and the emotional satisfaction when I assess my patients and manage to head off something critical at the pass! It's like being in the midst of a beehive; but I think you can tell I enjoy my job!

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