AACN News—July 2000—People

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Vol. 17, No. 1, JULY 2000


Members on the Move
Honors
Linda Castano, RN, BSN, CCRN, was named Nurse of the Year for 2000 by Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit, Mich., where she is a nurse in the surgical ICU. Castano was recognized as a role model among her peers. According to her nominator, Castano motivates staff to work efficiently and effectively to implement research-based practice to prevent the complications commonly seen in the adult intensive care unit patient.

Joanne M. Krumberger, RN, MSN, CCRN, FAAN, was named Distinguished Alumna for 2000 by Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wis. Krumberger, a past president of AACN, is a clinical nurse specialist in acute and critical care at the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Milwaukee.

Kathleen Vollman (left), RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, CS, and Victoria Boyce, RN, MSN, were among those named Alumni of the Year at Wayne State University College of Nursing, Detroit, Mich. Vollman was recognized as a nurse entrepreneur. Boyce was recognized for political advocacy on behalf of patients and nurses. Both Vollman and Boyce are members of the Southeast Michigan Chapter of AACN.

Professional
Geri Wentz, RN, MN, CCRN, has started her own education and consulting company in Tempe, Ariz. The company focuses on critical care and emergency services.

Capt. Thomas K. Weichert, RN, BSN, MSA, CCRN, has been promoted to captain in the U.S. Army. His new assignment is as a charge/staff nurse in the ICU/PACU at Fort Stewart MEDDAC. In addition, he is head nurse of the ICU/PACU of the 240th Foward Surgical Team of the 4th Medical airborne brigade.

Linda S. Franck, RN, PhD, RGN, RSCN, has been appointed as the United Kingdom’s first professor of children’s nursing research by King’s College London, in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, National Health Service Trust.
Kay Wagner, RN, BSN, CTM, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Mich. She also obtained the certified toastmaster credential, and has started her own speaking business, “CommuniKay,” which offers motivational and humorous presentations primarily to healthcare professionals.

Ruben Silvestre, RN, MA, CCRN, CS, has accepted a position as director of nursing and patient care services at Flushing Medical Center, Flushing, N.Y.

Karin T. Kirchhoff, RN, PhD, FAAN, has been appointed to the Rodefer Professorship endowed chair at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Darlene Birdwell, RN, MSN, CCRN, FNP, has accepted a position as a cardiovascular nurse practitioner at Cardiac Solutions, Phoenix, Ariz. Birdwell graduated from the University of Phoenix with a master of science in nursing and is certified as a family nurse practitioner. In addition, she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau.

Vincent K. Umscheid, RN, BSN, was one of six nurses selected nationwide to serve as an item reviewer for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.

Leanndra Shelbye Stephens, RN, BSN, CCRN, CNOR, has been promoted to clinical director of the PACU/Same Day Surgery at William W. Backus Hospital, Norwich, Conn.

Micheal J. McNulty, RN, BSN, MSM, has been promoted from patient care manager to nurse manager of the staffing office and client support systems at Boston Medical Center. The promotion followed his completion of a master of science in management degree, with an emphasis on information technology, at Lesley College, Cambridge, Mass.

Teresa Solberg, RN, MSN, CCRN, has received an international travel grant that will support her in visiting schools of nursing in Dusseldorf, Germany, and a clinic in Bad Frankenhausen, Germany. She is assistant professor of nursing at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion.

Academic
Teresa G. Morgan, RN, MSN, CCRN, graduated from Murray State University, Murray, Ky., with a master of science in nursing degree. In addition, she was certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a family nurse practitioner.

Robin A. Lewis, RN, BSN, BS, CCRN, received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from West Virginia University, where she is continuing in the family nurse practitioner and educator graduate programs. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau and received the Outstanding RN-BSN Student Award. Lewis is the education coordinator at Saint Francis Hospital, Charleston, W.Va.

Aspect Awards $1,000 Prize to Florida Nurse

Susan Rivers, RN, MSN, CCRN, of Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne, Fla., was the winner in a $1,000 prize drawing, which was sponsored by Aspect Medical Systems as part of the Critical Care Exposition at the National Teaching Institute in Orlando, Fla. Rivers received a certificate, which can be applied to any AACN product or program, including the NTI.

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