AACN News—October 2000—People

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Vol. 17, No. 10, MAY 2000

Members on the Move


Patricia Carroll, RNC, ADN, MS, CEN, RRT, won two writing awards from the American Medical Writers Association, New England Chapter. The first award was for an article titled “Reducing the Risk of Needlestick Injury Associated with Implanted Ports,” which was published in Home Healthcare Nurse. The second award was for The Surgical Nurse’s Managed Care Manual, which she wrote. Carroll is owner of Educational Medical Consultants, Meriden, Conn.

Janet Stevens, RN, BSN, CCRN, was nominated for the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Nurse of Excellence Award. She is a clinical educator in the Nursing Education Department at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, N.Y.

Margaret Green, RN, CCRN, CEN, TNCC, was named Nurse of the Year 2000 at Greenwood Leflore Hospital, Greenwood, Miss., where she works in the ICU.

Elsie B. Croom, RN, BSN, CCRN, and Karen O. Wyble, RN, BSN, CCRN, were honored at the “Acadiana Celebrates Nursing” banquet, sponsored by District IV of the Louisiana State Nurses Association. They were chosen as being among the top 25 nurses in a seven-parish area. Croom is clinical nurse consultant for materials and Wyble is director of cardiovascular and pulmonary services at Lafayette General Medical Center.

Jodi E. Rogers, RNC, MS, CCRN, CNS, has been promoted to clinical nurse specialist in pediatric critical care at Children’s Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio. She recently received her master of science degree from Wright State University, Dayton. Rogers is a member of the AACN NTI Work Group for 2001.

Fidelia Roster, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN, has accepted a position as critical care clinical nurse specialist at Halifax Medical Center, Daytona Beach, Fla. She recently received her master of science degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix, Jacksonville, Fla., campus.

Pam D. Bartley, RN, CCRN, CEN, has been elected president of the South Carolina Emergency Nurses Association for 2001. In addition, she was selected as an ACLS national faculty member to attend the American Heart Association ECCU 2000 symposium in September in San Diego, Calif. She also has been chosen for the second time by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to be an item writer for the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses.

Delfin V. Crisostomo, RN, MSN, has accepted a clinical manager position at Detroit Receiving Hospital, where she has worked 11 years as an ICU nurse. She recently received her master of science in nursing degree from the University of Phoenix.

Ellen Langrehr, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNP, developed and has been named director of the acute care nurse practitioner program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The first class was admitted to the program in Fall 2000.

David Yost, RN, BSN, CCRN, has been promoted to clinical decision support manager for Mercy Health Partners, Toledo, Ohio.

Capt. Melody F. Monje, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, FNP, has joined the U.S. Army with the rank of captain. She is serving as a nurse practitioner at Camp Humphreys in Korea.

Myrtle Evans, RN, BS, CCRN-R, left in August 2000 for a nine-month assignment in Kazakhstan in Central Asia. The work involves providing direct healthcare, teaching, and providing food, medicine and medical supplies. Evans served one year in Kazakhstan during 1998-99.

Lorraine B. Fields, RN, BS, MSN, CCRN, CNS, has accepted a position as clinical nurse specialist with Neurosurgery and Neurology Associates, Inc., Akron, Ohio. Fields recently received her master’s degree from the University of Akron, where she was chosen as 2000 Graduate Student of the Year by the nursing professors and students.

Samuel Smith, RN, BSN, received his bachelor of science in nursing degree with honors from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla. He was inducted into the Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and into the Golden Key National Honor Society. Smith has accepted a position as a staff nurse in the cardiothoracic surgical ICU at the University of Florida Shands Health Science Center, Gainesville, Fla.

M. Cecilia Wendler, RN, PhD, CCRN, has completed her doctoral work in nursing at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, Colo. Her research was titled “An Investigation of the Effects of Tellington Touch on Selected Outcomes in Healthy Soldiers.”

Debra Siela, RN, DNSc, CCNS, CCRN, CS, RRT, earned her doctor of science in nursing degree from Rush University, Chicago, Ill. She is a nurse educator at Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.

Sek Ying Chair, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRN, received her master of science in nursing degree from the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Ariz., and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International.

Kimberly Martin, RN, MSN, CCRN, received her master of science degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix, Jacksonville, Fla., campus.

Danita M. Small, RN, ADN, CCRN, received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from California State University, Stanislaus. She currently is a part-time staff nurse III at Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley, Calif., and is on-call as a staff nurse IV in the ICU at San Joaquin General Hospital, French Camp, Calif.

Catherine N. Castro, RNC, MSN, CCRN, received her master of science degree in nurse informatics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, Newark, N.J. She is involved in projects to bridge the gap between healthcare and technology.

Karen A. Conner, RN, MSN, received her master of science in nursing degree from Marymount University, Arlington, Va. She was inducted into the Eta Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Todd Ralls, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, TNS, graduated with nursing honors from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences RN-BSN program, Little Rock. He has been accepted into the graduate program of nurse anesthesia at Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth.

Cecilia Elizabeth Saulog-Bato, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP, received her master of science in nursing degree in the acute care nurse practitioner program at Rush University, Chicago, Ill., and has obtained her ACNP certification. Saulog-Bato is a nurse practitioner for rehabilitation medicine at the University of Chicago.

Gemma Vestal, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, CLNC, received her master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. She currently is in her second year of law school at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Tiny Miracles Adds Comfort and Love

Ellen Ann Bidigare holds her son Mitchell, whose premature birth spurred a growing project to make quilts for neonatal ICUs in Michigan.

One mother’s experience in the neonatal ICU environment led to a labor of love that has sent hundreds of babies born prematurely home with warmth and cheer.

Ellen Ann Bidigare initiated her Tiny Miracles quilt-making project after her own son, Mitchell, was born prematurely. She wanted to add an element of comfort to the stark, sterile hospital atmosphere.

An accomplished seamstress, Bidigare set out to fashion the quilts. Her project has since taken off into a sort of cyberspace cause that has grown from “shifts” of supporters, who congregate on weekends in Bidigare’s living-room-turned-quilt-factory, to people she knows only via her Web site, who donate materials or finished quilts. Many quilters add their personal labels.

Bidigare is now delivering the quilts to eight different hospitals in the Detroit, Mich., area.

She keeps tabs on the babies’ progress and said she is rewarded to hear from the nurses when these tiny beings go home, wrapped in one of the Tiny Miracles quilts. The quilts given to infants who do not survive are presented to their families as an expression of love, Bidigare said.

If you are interested in knowing more about this quilt-making project, e-mail Bidigare at bukulu@aol.com.

Graduation Day

Ginger Gosling (center, standing) attended the graduation ceremony for Ulani, the dog she and her husband raised for Canine Companions for Independence. Ulani was matched with her new partner, Julee. Also pictured are Cathy (left), Ulani’s breeder caretaker, and Edie (right), Julee’s mother. Ulani is the fourth puppy the Goslings have raised for Canine Companions for Independence. Gosling is a staff nurse in critical care at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, Ga.

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