AACN News—September 2001—People

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Vol. 18, No. 9, MAY 2001

Members on the Move

Diane J. Mick, RN, PhD, CCNS, was selected to receive the Sigma Theta Tau International Region 5 Biennial Dissertation Award for her 1999 dissertation titled “Functional Outcomes of Elderly Patients Following Intensive Care.” She received the award at the Research and Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, Pa.,
in March 2001.

Barbara J. Washington-Knight, RN, BS, CCRN, was recipient of a California Nursing Excellence Award presented by NurseWeek magazine for 2000. Washington-Knight is a clinical staff nurse in the post-critical care unit at Moreno Valley Community Hospital.

Kathleen Ellstrom, RN, PhD, CNS, is now the clinical manager of critical care services at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Riverside, Calif. She is responsible for ICU, telemetry, short-stay and hemodialysis services.

Carol Bishop, RN, MSN, CCRN, ARNP, is the advanced registered nurse practitioner in otolargyngology for surgical services at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Gainesville, Fla. She received her master of science in nursing degree in the family nurse practitioner program at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Yolanda G. Smith, RN, MSN, CCRN, was appointed as an auxiliary member of the New York State Board of Nursing. Smith is founder and president of YGS Medical-Legal Consulting.

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

Lydia Dominguez, RN, MSN, APRN, BC, received her master of science
in nursing degree from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas, after completing the family nurse practitioner program. She was
awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Award and was inducted in Sigma Theta Tau International. She also passed the family nurse practitioner certification exam. Dominguez is ICU director at Knapp Medical Center, Weslaco, Texas, and works part time as a nurse practitioner in private practice.

Sandra L. Gibson, RN, MS, received a master of science degree in health services administration from D’Youville College, Buffalo, N.Y.

A Legacy of Leadership

The legacy of leadership was evident when 12 AACN presidents gathered at AACN’s
National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in May 2001. Pictured (from left,
seated) are Marguerite Kinney, Joanne Disch, Chris Breu, Suzanne White and Wanda
Johanson and (from left, standing) Marianne Chulay, Melissa Fitzpatrick, Joanne
Krumberger, Gladys Campbell, Mary McKinley, Anne Wojner and Denise Thornby,
whose term ended June 30, 2001.

In Memorial

Katherine Sentner
Katherine Sentner, RN, CCRN, died May 19, 2001, in a scuba diving accident off the coast of Ventura, Calif. She was assistant nurse manager in critical care at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills, Calif., where she had been a critical care nurse for more than 21 years.

At the time of her death, Ms. Sentner was the newly elected vice president of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of AACN. She had served as secretary for 1999-2000.
She had also served AACN in a number of capacities at the national level, including as a member of the Board Advisory Team and Chapters and Membership Awards Review Panel for the Circle of Excellence recognition program.

She had planned to attend AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition in Anaheim, Calif., that week.
Ms. Sentner was described by her colleagues as a nurse who was committed to excellence and always kept current with technology and trends in critical care. She was a dedicated professional who always put others first, they said.

“A mentor, a leader, a coworker and a friend, her passion for nursing was admired by all of her colleagues.”

As a constant reminder of the knowledge and skill Ms. Sentner exhibited, the critical care unit learning lab has been dedicated in her memory.
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