AACN News—November 2002—People

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Vol. 19, No. 11, MARCH 2002

Members on the Move

Susan L. Reed, RN, MN, CCRN, received her master of nursing degree from the University of Washington and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in May 2002. Reed is a staff nurse in the cardiovascular ICU at Swedish Medical Center Seattle, Wash.

Catherine Smith of Harrisburg, Pa., received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Penn State University.

Carrie Bengtson, RN, BSN, CCRN, received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was inducted in the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Bengtson is a staff nurse in the surgical ICU at High Point Regional Hospital, High Point, N.C.


Cecilia M. Beauprie, RN, MSN, CCRN, has accepted the position of nurse clinical program manager at VA Hines Hospital, Chicago, Ill. In the position, she is responsible for several primary care, community-based outpatient and subspecialty medicine clinics; cardiac telemetry, acute medicine and oncology inpatient units; the medical intensive coronary care and respiratory step-down units; the hemodialysis programs; employee health service; telephone care program; and the emergency department.

Susan Balog, RN, ADN, CCRN, CDE, has been promoted to manager of the telemetry unit at West Penn Allegheny Health System�s AlleKiski Medical Center, Natrona Heights, Pa.

Kristy Nielson, RN, BSN, BS, CCRN, was the author of a chapter, titled �Calcium Balances and Imbalances,� in Fluids, Electrolytes, & Acid-Base Balance: Prentice Hall Nursing Reviews & Rationales. Nielson is a nursing instructor at Western Wyoming Community College and a part-time nurse at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, both in Rock Springs, Wyo.

Theresa Posani, RN, MS, CNS, CS, CCNS, CCRN, has joined the faculty as a lecturer at Baylor University, Louise Herrington School of Nursing. She continues as a part-time clinical nurse specialist in the critical care-cardiology service area at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Linda Henderson, RN, BSN, MBA, MHA, CHE, CCRN, CNAA, BC, achieved diplomate status by passing the American College of Healthcare Executives board certification exam. She also recently received board certification by the Advanced Nursing Administration. She currently is working on fellowship on a research-based project.

Army Reserve Nurse Presented Purple Heart After Gunshot Wound

Doug Elmore receives the Purple
Heart from Col. Mike Linnington,
brigade commander of the 101st
Airborne Division.

AACN member Doug Elmore, RN, CCRN, RRT, of Encinitas, Calif., a critical care nurse with the Army Reserve, received the Purple Heart medal after being wounded while on active duty in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He is believed to be the first nurse to receive such an award in combat since the Vietnam War.

In January, Elmore�s unit, the 1980th Forward Surgical Team, was activated and mobilized to Kandahar. The unit was assigned to the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. Elmore said there was a large number of patients, ranging from U.S. forces, coalition Forces and Afghan military and civilian populations, who needed care.

On July 2, the unit was tasked with sending a team of nurses and physicians to the Mir Wais hospital to assess the wounded from an incident in which a wedding party was fired upon. Upon completion of the assessment, as the three-vehicle convoy proceeded through downtown Kandahar toward to the American forces compound at Kandahar International Airport, the group came under gunfire and Elmore was wounded in the foot.

On July 3, the U.S. Army awarded him the Purple Heart for wounds received in a combat zone as a result of hostile fire.

Pediatric ICU Dedicated in Honor of Late AACN Member

The pediatric ICU at St. Louis Children�s Hospital has been dedicated in memory of Jeanne Garnett, RN, BSN, CCRN, an AACN member who died in 1997 at the age of 44.

The June 18 dedication, attended by nurses, doctors, staff and family members, followed renovation and expansion of the unit. A pediatric critical care nurse and instructor at St. Louis Children�s Hospital, Ms. Garnett had previously been presented the hospital�s President Award in recognition of her work with critically ill children and their families.

A plaque placed in the unit reads:
The PICU is dedicated to the memory of Jeanne Garnett, RN, BSN, CCRN. Her compassion for the children and families reached a level that makes her a model for nurses everywhere. Hard nosed and soft hearted, she continues to be an example of faithfulness to the highest principles of care to the children and families that we serve.

A member of the Board of Directors of the Greater St. Louis Chapter of AACN, Ms. Garnett also served on the Minority Community Advisory Committee of the Mid-America Transplant Services.

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