AACN News—December 2002—People
Vol. 19, No. 12, DECEMBER 2002
AACN Members and Volunteers Victims of
Tragic Shooting in Arizona
members who made significant contributions
to their profession and their professional
association died Oct. 28 in a shooting on
the campus of the University of Arizona
College of Nursing, Tucson, where both were
McGaffic, RN, PhD, CCRN, and Barbara Monroe,
RN, MSN, CCRN, died when a troubled nursing
student opened fire in a classroom filled
with students. Additional information about
these two dedicated critical care nurses and
the tributes to them can be found on the
AACN Web site at
clinical associate professor, had been a
nurse for more than 20 years and a member of
AACN since 1999. She served on the 2002
Novice Critical Care Nurses Advisory Team.
Cheryl had been scheduled as a guest speaker
at the next meeting of the Southern Arizona
Chapter of AACN.
to adult critical nursing, Cheryl taught a
course on death and dying. She had become a
chaplain at hospitals in the area and
planned to become full-time chaplain for the
U.S. Veterans Affairs Hospital. She was also
the lead nurse on the Tucson AIDS Project.
clinical assistant professor, also worked in
the cardiac ICU at University Medical
member since 1989, she was a member of the
Southern Arizona Chapter of AACN and was
serving as the AACN Region 17 Chapter
Advisory Team representative at the time of
her death. She was also an AACN/CCRN
ambassador and a member of the AACN
Continuing Education Articles Review Panel.
University of Arizona College of Nursing has
established a memorial fund in honor of
Cheryl and Barbara, as well as a third
victim of the shooting, Robin Rogers.
Contributions can be made payable to the
Nursing Faculty Memorial Fund/UAF and sent
to the Office of Development, P.O. Box
245018, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
the Southern Arizona Chapter has established
a scholarship fund in their memory. The
funds will be used for scholarships to the
NTI and nursing education programs in the
Contributions can be sent to Monica Pilar
Lawrence, President, Southern Arizona
Chapter of AACN, c/o Scholarship Fund, P.O.
Box 40353, Tucson, AZ 85717-40353.
have also been added to the Virtual Nurses�
Memorial that honors nurses who have died in
the line of nursing care or while assisting
colleagues in reaching the goal of providing
the highest quality of nursing care to
Strangio, RN, MA, CCRN, CRN, of West Orange,
N.J., died Oct. 28. She had been a critical
care nurse for 17 years and a radiology
nurse for 10 years at Mountainside Hospital,
Glen Ridge, N.J., where she was also a staff
nurse, charge nurse, head nurse, patient
care coordinator and nursing coordinator.
Earlier this year, she received the Schumann
Award, the hospital�s highest honor.
She was a
longtime member of the Northern New Jersey
Chapter of AACN.
to publishing professional articles and
advanced practice nursing courses, Linda was
the author of three books about nursing, To
Be a Nurse, Lifebeats and Nurse Notes. She
was also a speaker at seminars and
conferences and was a faculty member for the
chapter�s annual conference.
contributions can be made in her name to the
Mountainside Hospital Foundation, 1 Bay
Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042.
Members on the Move
Dracup, RN, DNSc, FNP, FAAN, dean and
professor at the University of California,
San Francisco, School of Nursing, was
selected to be the distinguished research
lecturer for the Western Institute of
Nursing conference in Palm Springs, Calif.
The title of her presentation was �Beyond
the Patient: Caring for Families,� a review
of her program of research examining the
role of families in acute and chronic
cardiovascular illness. Dracup, who is
co-editor of the AACN publication, American
Journal of Critical Care, has also been
elected to membership in the Institute of
RN, PhD, CCRN, a past president of AACN,
received the Stroke Volunteer of the Year
Award and the Stroke Advocate of the Year
Award from the American Stroke Association,
a division of the American Heart
Association. Wojner, who has developed 10
independent stroke centers in the Houston,
Texas, area, is currently expanding her work
to include an additional 16 centers. Eight
of these will be served by advanced practice
nurses using telemedicine links to Wojner�s
offices at the University of Texas Houston
Medical School, where she is assistant
professor of neurology and neuroscience
critical care medicine in the Department of
Neurology. Wojner also serves as chairperson
of Operation Stroke-Houston.
Johnson, RN, MSN, APRN, CCRN, received her
master of science in nursing degree from the
University of Akron, where she completed the
adult/gerontological nurse practitioner
program. She was inducted into the Sigma
Theta Tau International Honor Society of
Nursing. In addition, she achieved
certification as an adult nurse
practitioner. Johnson works in the ICU at
Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio.