AACN News—February 2002—People

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Vol. 19, No. 2, FEBRUARY 2002

Members on the Move


Jeanette Vaughan, RN, MSN, CCRN, was named Distinguished Alumni for 2001 by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock. Vaughan is a dental hygiene professor at Collin County Community College District, Plano, Texas, and a member of the Division of NeuroSciences/Trauma at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas.

Cherie Gorby, RN, AA, MSN, CCRN, senior administrator of patient care at Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colo., has been selected as a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program. She is one of 20 nurses nationwide selected to participate in the three-year program, which includes a $30,000 grant for a research project, as well as opportunities for education and national exposure. Gorby, who joined Memorial Hospital 15 years ago as an ICU-coronary care unit nurse, has also been clinical manager of the CCU and perinatology and director of maternal child


Rose Ann Rupert, RN, BSN, CCRN, CRNI, recently achieved certification in infusion therapy. She was also nominated for the Nightengale Award in Hershey, Pa.

Juliet A. Santos, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS-FNP, is a cofounder and current president of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners. In addition to practicing full time, Santos is involved in medical missionary work, most recently in Aizawl, India.

Kevin Reed, RN, MSN, CNA, recently passed his CNA certification exam. Reed is director of clinical operations for neuroscience/critical care at Clarian Health Partners-Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind.

Richard Nadan, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNP-BC, has been promoted to chief nurse practitioner for the Section of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City.


Sharon K. Lucus, RN, BSN, MS, CCRN, EMT, received her master of science degree with a focus in nurse anesthesia from the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia, Nashville, after completing the certified registered nurse anesthetist program. As one of the top three members of the class, Lucus received the Bernard Bowen Award for Academic and Clinical Excellence from the faculty of affiliated hospital clinicals.

Jan Foster, RN, PhD, CCRN, immediate past secretary/treasurer of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors, received her doctorate degree in nursing from the University of Texas-Austin. She was selected from among all the university�s graduate colleges to receive the �Outstanding Graduate Student� award.

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Missionary Experience Reaffirmed Decision to Pursue a Career in Nursing

By Kelly Johnston, RN, MSN, CCRN

In August 2001, I combined my love of nursing, missionary work and travel by joining the Christian Medical and Dental Association and Prison Fellowship team on a two-week medical mission to Ethiopia, Africa, where we provided medical, dental and spiritual care to prisoners.

Our team consisted of 22 people from 12 states and included nurses; general surgeons; an ENT physician; a pediatrician; an optometrist; internists; nursing, medical and dental students; and nonmedical members to help with logistics. We worked closely with the Prison Fellowship group, which provided translators and arranged for local volunteer physicians, nurses, students and pastors to work alongside us.

We provided medical-surgical care to more than 1,500 prisoners, dental care to 240 and fitted more than 450 prisoners for eyeglasses. Because medical technology was minimal or, in some cases, nonexistent, we had to rely on our physical assessment skills. We also had to be creative with our supplies. For example, we used camera film cases to dispense liquid medications and stored dressing supplies in medication boxes.

We used an empty saline bag to make a leg bag for a prisoner who had been using a suprapubic catheter for several months. Previously, the extension tubing went from the catheter to a plastic bottle, which he carried in a pan. We cut off the tip of the saline bag injection port and inserted the extension tubing, which we cut most of. Then, we used gauze roll to make the leg straps. He was thrilled to throw away the bottle and pan and walk with his new leg bag.

We also created a container to perform ear washes by cutting off the top of a liter water bottle, cutting a �U� shape in the side and padding the rough edges with duct tape.

The prisoners, who were grateful and hospitable toward us, helped their fellow inmates. We learned a lot from each other, the Ethiopian medical and spiritual team as well as the prisoners.

This experience was life changing, both personally and professionally, and confirmed my decision to become a nurse and make a difference in people�s lives. The prisoners were deeply touched that we came to help them. The memories of this experience are forever etched in my heart.

Kelly Johnston is the nurse recruiter for the Ann Arbor VA Health Systems, Ann Arbor, Mich

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