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Vol. 19, No. 1, JANUARY 2002

AACN Members Inducted Into American Academy of Nursing

Newly inducted fellows of the American
Academy of Nursing are AACN members
(from left, seated) Linda Ohler, Susan
Houston and Ruth Lindquist and
(from left, standing) Marguerite Littleton
Kearney, Donna Zimmaro Bliss and
Anne G. Perry.

Six AACN members were among 68 new fellows inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in a ceremony in October 2001 in Washington, D.C. They are Donna Zimmaro Bliss, RN, PhD, CCRN, L. Susan Houston, RN, PhD, CNAA, Marguerite Littleton Kearney, RN, DNSc, Ruth Lindquist, RN, PhD, Linda Ohler, RN, MSN, CCTC, and Anne G. Perry, RN, EdD.

The new inductees were honored at an AACN-sponsored reception, at which previously inducted fellows who are AACN members were guests.

Bliss is an associate professor and professor of long-term care of elders at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis. She is also a Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association distinguished teacher.

Houston is assistant vice president of the Center of Integrated Care at St. Luke�s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas. The center encompasses outcomes management and research, infection control, case management and social services.

Kearney is an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore. She was formerly an associate professor in the trauma-critical care program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Lindquist is an associate professor and division head at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Her contributions spanning two decades have included pioneering work in cardiovascular care and the advancement of research priorities.

Ohler�s focus has been on the field of transplantation. She currently serves as nurse manager and educator for the organ and tissue transplant research unit at the National Institutes of Health. In addition, she has co-authored books on transplantation and is editor in chief of Progress in Transplantation, a journal that now encompasses nine international and multidisciplinary transplant associations.

Perry is a professor in the Department of Adult Health Nursing and coordinator of Adult Health Graduate Nursing at the St. Louis University School of Nursing, St. Louis, Mo. As an author or co-author of textbooks and references in nursing fundamentals and clinical skills, she has influenced more than 1 million nurses.

To be inducted into the academy, a nominee must have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and contributions to nursing that far exceed the responsibilities of their employment, as well as the potential for sustained contributions to the profession in the future.

The American Academy of Nursing was founded in 1973 to serve the public and nursing profession by transforming healthcare policy and practice through the development, dissemination, and integration of nursing knowledge into practice. Currently, there are approximately 1,300 academy members.
Members on the Move


JoAnna Fairley, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, received her master�s degree in adult health, with a cardiac focus, from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg.

Angela J. Bentley, RN, MS, CCRN, was appointed clinical nurse specialist for the cardiovascular division of the Prairie Heart Institute at St. John�s Hospital, Springfield, Ill.

The View From Ground Zero: Member Devotes 3 Weeks to Volunteering in NYC

Editor�s note: Shirley Layman, RN, CCRN, spent three weeks in New York City as an American Red Cross volunteer immediately following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Following is her account of the experience. She hoped to return this month for another three-week assignment.

The call came at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, from the American Red Cross, requesting my availability to assist with the World Trade Center disaster.

Because of my work schedule in the surgical ICU at the VA Medical Center in Salem, Va., I couldn�t leave until 7 a.m. that Sunday on one of the first flights into New York City following the tragedy.
I arrived at 10 a.m. at the American Red Cross headquarters in Cadman Plaza, where I met disaster health service workers from across the United States. Each of us had different levels of training but one thing in common: a desire to help others in a time of disaster.

We exchanged many thoughts and ideas as we anxiously awaited our assignments. Mine was to be coordinator of the outreach trauma/hotshot calls out of the headquarters. The hotshot calls included taking care of the medical needs initiated from the hotline calls coming to a special phone number at headquarters. The outreach team would be working with disaster mental health and family service by going to the clients to meet their immediate needs. Their needs included food, shelter, clothing and medical and mental health issues.

On that Monday and Tuesday, I taught disaster health services classes to enlighten each volunteer to the many tasks we were facing in this horrific disaster.

For the next three days, we were placed on four teams along with FS and DMH to go to Ground Zero to check apartment houses to make sure everyone had been evacuated safely. After going through strict security, we were taken to our assigned location. We were given hard hats and respirator masks to wear at all times.

My team was assigned to the apartment complex across the street from the World Trade Center. We went door to door to make sure everyone had been evacuated safely and my goal was to be sure all their medical needs had been met. Working outside in the rain or sunshine, I helped the clients replace medications, walkers, canes, wheelchairs, contact lenses or glasses, etc., that had been lost or damaged in the disaster.

On Sunday, I was assigned to be team leader of the medical volunteer personnel at the memorial service at Yankee Stadium. Included were volunteers from New York City chapters. It was an honor to be present with the many dignitaries and the more than 30,000 families, friends and rescue workers.

On Monday, we set up shop in the foyer of the Gateway Plaza Apartments at Battery City Park, where the clients could come to us.

One of the highlights of my time was eating lunch at the Spirit Shop parked in the harbor at Battery City Park. Here, the rescue and volunteer workers came to eat, sleep or clean up. Many days, celebrities were on hand to serve food, shake hands or just give moral support. Another highlight was supervising a group of critical care nurses there to help in this recovery mission.

At the end of 22 days, I began out-processing. I felt many emotions emerge: love, satisfaction, sadness, sorrow and depression. Although I left many unresolved issues in capable hands, I wished I could stay longer to complete them myself.

During my three weeks in New York City, I met some of the friendliest, most generous and compassionate people I have ever been associated with. NYC is a wonderful, beautiful city.

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