AACN News—January 1999—People

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Vol. 16, No. 1, JANUARY 1999

Members on the Move

Jessie Casida, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, is the new clinical nurse specialist for cardiac services at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J. He formerly was clinical nurse II (preceptor) in the cardiothoracic surgery ICU at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City, N.Y. Casida is also a clinical adjunct faculty member in the Division of Nursing at New York University.

Sara Follin McMannus, RN, BSN, CCRN, has accepted a full-time position as a clinical applications specialist with VitalCom, Tustin, Calif. In this position, she will coordinate the clinical implementation of the VitalCom Networked Monitoring TM system and provide product training.

E. Marsha Elixson, RNC, MS, CCRN, has accepted a position as advanced practice nurse/clinical nurse specialist for Cardiac Service at the Sibley Heart Center, Egleston Children’s Hospital, Atlanta, Ga. She also presented “Long-Term Management of Heterotaxy Syndrome” as part of the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Dallas, Tex. In addition, she moderated a discussion on “Primary Pulmonary Hypertension in the Child, Adolescent and Adult.”

Diane J. Mick, RN, MSN, CCRN, presented a paper titled “Functional Outcomes of Elderly Patients Following Intensive Care” at the 51st annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. The research, which was part of a symposium titled “Hospital-Based Research,” was funded by grants from Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Kappa and Epsilon Xi, the American Nurses Foundation, the
Rochester Academy of Medicine, and an Institutional NRSA.

Cindy Lynell Robertson, RN, MN, CCRN, received her master’s of nursing degree as an adult health clinical nurse specialist from Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, La. She has had full-time faculty appointment to Delgado/Charity School of Nursing, New Orleans, since January 1997.

Catherine T. Kelly, RN, PhD, CCRN, CS, ANP, CEN, completed her doctorate in nursing at Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y. Her dissertation explored “The Lived Experience of Female Student Nurses When They Encounter Patient Death for the First Time.”

Zarina K. Baqai, RN, BSN, CCRN, received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif. A diabetic educator nurse in the Diabetic Center at Loma Linda Medical Center since 1996, she was promoted to an administrative nursing supervisor at the medical center in 1998.

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In Memory

Catherine Dowling, RN, MSN, a clinical nurse specialist in neurosurgery at Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit, Mich., died Nov. 11, 1998, of cancer. She was 31.

Ms. Dowling was a member of the Southeast Michigan Chapter of AACN, where she served as treasurer for 2 years and also was a member of the Nominating Committee. The chapter plans to contribute to the AACN Annual Fund in Ms. Dowling’s memory.

Chapter President Jeannie Pyonk, RN, BSN, CCRN, said the chapter will miss her dearly.

“She was a very caring and compassionate friend, nurse, and mentor. We are honored and grateful that Cathy chose to share her time and talents with our local chapter.

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