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Vol. 16, No. 10, MAY 1999


Members on the Move

Honors
Debera Erdman, RN, CCRN, received the Exellence in Nursing Award from Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa.

Darilyn M. Paul, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, received the 1999 Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year Award at Somerset Medical Center, Somerville N.J. Paul is the
clinical nurse specialist for critical care services at Somerset. She is president of the Central New Jersey Chapter of AACN.

Carol Hallisey, RN, BS, CCRN, received the 1999 Nurse Manager of the Year Award at Somerset Medical Center, Somerville N.J. She is the patient care coordinator for the Emergency Care Center. Hallisey is a member of the Central New Jersey Chapter of AACN.

Marcia M. Gray, RN, BSN, BS, MS, received a certificate from the Palm Beach County (Fla.) Chapter of the American Red Cross in appreciation for three years of dedication and support to the organization.

Hsiao-Ping Tung, RN, CCRN, MS, was honored as outstanding nurse not only at Tri-Service General Hospital, Taiwan, Republic of China, but also for the city of Taipei. Tri-Service General, a 1,300-bed medical center, is one of the top teaching hospitals in Taiwan.

Lou Ann Montgomery, RN, BSN, MA, CCNS, CCRN, received the Colleen J. Goode National Research Utilization Award for her poster titled “Persistent Fetal Circulation Precautions for Term and Near-Term Infants: A Lifesaving Intervention.” The award was presented at the sixth annual National Research Utilization Conference, sponsored by the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Departments of Nursing-Patient Care Services and Pharmaceutical Care.

Leslie Beth “L.B.” Sossoman, RN, BSN, of Concord, N.C., was chosen as one of the recipients of the 1999 Great 100 Award for Nursing Excellence in North Carolina.

Sarah Slaybaugh, RN, has accepted a position as nurse manager of the coronary care unit at Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Md. She previously was a staff nurse in the cardiovascular ICU at Union.

Professional
Mary E. Eng, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, NP-C, was appointed to be conference chair for the California Coalition of Nurse Practitioners’ annual state conference. She established an acute care track in the clinical sessions component of the 1998 conference.

Bonnie A. Rice, RN, BSN, CCRN, was promoted to clinical nurse specialist in the surgical ICU at All Children’s Hospital, Tampa, Fla., after completing a nurse practitioners course with highest honors. Rice is president of the Suncoast Chapter of AACN.

George Velianoff, RN, DNS, CHE, has been named deputy executive director of nursing for the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). In this role, he will oversee ENA’s efforts in the areas of education, research, government relations and nursing resources.

Academic
Joan Sapienza, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP, CS, completed a post master’s course as a critical care nurse practitioner at Columbia University, New York, N.Y. She is a heart failure-transplant nurse practitioner and coordinator at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Bruswick, N.J.

Sandra K. Flach, RN, BSN, CCRN, graduated cum laude from Ohio University, Athens, with a bachelor of science in nursing degree. Her education was funded, in part, by a scholarship from AACN. Flach is an RN home supervisor at Fayette County Memorial Hospital, Washington Court House, Ohio.

Gina Maiocco, RN, PhD, CCRN, completed her doctorate in nursing at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. She is an assistant professor at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lee A. Underman, RN, BS, CCRN, received her master of business administration through Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio. She has accepted a position as an education specialist in the Employee Education Services’ Critical Care Cluster at Grant/Riverside Methodist Hospitals.

Susan M. Piehl, RN, MS, CCRN, received her master of science in nursing degree in the gerontological nurse practitioner program at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.

Judy A. Holton, RN, MSN, EdD, CCRN, CNS, completed her doctorate in health, education and curriculum at NOVA Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is the assistant health science director and assistant nursing director at Los Angeles Valley College, Valley Glen, Calif.

Lisa Erickson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN, FNP-CS, received her master of science in nursing degree as a family nurse practitioner from Delta State University, Cleveland, Miss.

Grants
Mary E. Kerr, RN, PhD, FAAN, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pa., received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for a study titled “Methods of Predicting Delayed Cerebral Ischemia in SAH (subarachnoid hemorrhage).

Publishing
Suzanne Prevost, RN, PhD, CNAA, has been appointed consulting editor for Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. In addition, she has assumed the position of professor and national healthcare chair of Excellence in Nursing at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro.

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Zoll Awards NTI Scholarships

Diane Schickram, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Verona, N.J.; Judy Branscom, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Dublin, Va.; and Steve Lezark, RN, MA, of Sonoma, Calif., are recipients of scholarships from Zoll Medical Corporation to attend AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ in Orlando, Fla., from May 20 through 25, 2000.
All three attended the 1999 NTI in New Orleans, La., and visited the Zoll exhibit, which was part of the Critical Care Exposition. Visitors to the exhibit were eligible to receive the scholarships awarded.

Volunteer Experience Was a Way to Showcase Critical Care Nursing

As a volunteer for a worthy cause in her community, one AACN member found an opportunity to showcase to the public the skills and commitment of critical care nurses.

Mary E. Holtschneider, RN, BSN, MPA, a clinical nurse educator at Duke University Health System, Durham, N.C., volunteered to assist with the 1999 Special Olympics World Games in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area. She said the experience was rewarding and inspiring.

At the badminton venue to which she was assigned, Holtschneider worked alongside other RNs, as well as physicians and emergency medical technicians to attend to the medical needs of the athletes and their delegations.

Faced with high temperatures and high humidity, most of the medical problems encountered were heat-related. However, the medical volunteers also treated several sprained ankles and were prepared to handle any life-threatening emergencies.

“I had never been involved with Special Olympics before,” Holtschneider said. “What I witnessed went above and beyond my expectations.”

The 7,000 athletes and their delegations from 150 countries showed tremendous determination and dedication to sports and sportsmanship, she added. The coaches and families displayed unending support for the athletes and for each other. The officials were highly professional and kept things running smoothly.

“The many volunteers that I met showed the spirit of volunteerism that is often missing in society today,” Holtschneider said. “I saw volunteerism rise to
new heights.

“Without volunteerism, the games would not have happened. Without highly committed and dedicated volunteers, the games would not have gone as well as they did.

“Our service as medical volunteers gave us excellent exposure as professional nurses.”

The interaction with everyone involved with the event was one of the joys of volunteering, Holtschneider commented.

Holtschneider is a member of the Triangle Chapter of AACN. She is a member of the Public Policy Advisory Team.