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Vol. 19, No. 10, MAY 2002

Members on the Move


Janie Heath, RN, MS, CS, CCRN, ANP, ACNP, is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the American Legacy Foundation to implement a �Summer Institute for Tobacco Control Practices in Nursing Education� at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. The institute will be a place where selected acute care nurse practitioner faculty from throughout the country can obtain the tools and skills they need for their curricula. Heath, a newly elected member of the AACN Board of Directors, is assistant professor and coordinator of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist Program at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, Heath�s research into this area began when she received a $1,000 AACN Data Driven Practice Grant for 2000. Her funded study was titled �Tobacco Dependence Curricula in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Education.� Her completed research was presented at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners Faculty Conference and published in the American Journal of Critical Care.

Lisa Pettrey, RN, MS, is the recipient of the 2002 Midwest Great Lakes Nursing Leadership Award from NurseWeek. Current chair of the AACN Leadership Development Work Group, Pettrey was chosen for the honor because of her exceptional leadership in nursing and patient care services.

Joe A. Flores, RN, MSN, CCRN, FNP, JD, has received his law degree from South Texas College of Law. He is now practicing in Corpus Christi, Texas, specializing in cases involving medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and product liability. In addition, Flores speaks to nursing students about how to avoid liability and lawsuits.

Jeanne Papa, RN, MBE, CCRN, RRT, received her master�s degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michelle D. Fails, RN, MSN, APRN, of Pittsburgh, Pa., received her master of science in nursing degree and a master�s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed the acute care nurse practitioner program.

Theresa �Terry� DeVeaux, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNP, of Pasadena, Md., graduated from the University of Maryland with a master of science degree as an advanced practice nurse in trauma, critical care and emergency nursing. She also received the Trauma/Critical Care and Emergency Nursing Alumni Award. In addition, DeVeaux completed her certification as an acute care nurse practitioner. She currently is an ACNP at the Maryland Vascular Center at North Arundel Hospital, Glen Burnie, Md.

Cindi D. Harding, RN, MS, CCRN, CEN, received her master of science degree as an adult critical care clinical nurse specialist from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is the program coordinator for the Maryland Express Care critical care transport program in Easton, Md.

Andrea M. Cardis-Sorbello, RN, MSN, BC, ARNP, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a master of science nursing degree as a pediatric critical care nurse practitioner. She also achieved certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Cardis-Sorbello is currently practicing in a pediatric cardiac program in Orlando, Fla.

Sally Urban, RN, ADN, CCRN, received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Humboldt State University, Arcata, Calif., and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. As part of her academic coursework, Urban was able to re-establish the Redwood Empire Chapter of AACN. She is assistant manager in the ICU at Mad River Community Hospital, Arcata.

Robin A. Lewis, RN, MSN, CCRN, received her master of science in nursing degree from West Virginia University and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Award. She has accepted a position as an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Charleston, Charleston, W. Va.

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In Memory

Rosemary Nash
Rosemary Nash, RN, of Croatan, Va., died June 17, following a lengthy illness. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Nursing, Mrs. Nash was the first CCRN-certified nurse in Virginia Beach and the youngest manager of the former Virginia Beach General Hospital ICU.

Annielynn Regodon
Annielynn Regodon, RN, BSN, president of the Palm Beach County (Fla.) Chapter of AACN, died Sept. 6 after suffering a grandmal seizure.

A tribute to Mrs. Regodon was attended by chapter members and others from the nursing community on Sept. 10.

A scholarship fund, which will be administered by the chapter to send qualified recipients to the NTI, has been established in her memory. Contributions can be sent directly to the chapter for the Annielyn Regodon Scholarship Fund at Palm Beach County AACN, P.O. Box 30494, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420-0494.

Former Dean of Nursing Named First Provostat Marquette University

Madeline Wake, RN, MSN, PhD, FAAN, former dean of the College of Nursing at Marquette University, Milwaukee, became the university�s first provost on Aug. 1.

In the position as chief academic officer for the university, Wake is responsible for academic affairs and institutional planning. Marquette's 10 academic deans and the dean of libraries report to her.
Wake was instrumental many years in strengthening AACN�s continuing education initiatives. She joined Marquette in 1977 and was promoted to associate professor and associate dean in 1992. She was named dean of the college in 1993.

Wakes was one of the first nurses in the country to chair a hospital board of trustees, a position she held at Trinity Hospital, Cudahy, Wis., Wake was one of the first nurses to

AACN CFO Elected to 3-Year Term on Unemployment Services Trust Board

AACN�s chief financial officer, Michael Willett, has been elected to a three-year term on the Unemployment Services Trust Board of Trustees. Willett has been a member of the UST Investment Committee and Trust Advisory Council for several years.

Clinical Applications Team Applies Creative Approach to Save a Life

Nurses Use Household Items to Make Electrodes

By Sara McMannus, RN, BS, BSN

Was it fate, destiny or just plain luck? In July, members of the GE Medical Systems Information Technologies clinical systems clinical applications team, including eight AACN members, had all these things working in their favor as they were called on to use their training and creativity to help save a life.

For the past three years, these specialized nursing professionals, led by Dottie Lutz, RN, have gathered for a team-building exercise at a campground in the Catskills outside Newburgh, N.Y. Although changing the meeting to another site had been discussed this year, fate seemed to intervene.

An Emergency
On the final afternoon of the meeting, the park�s caretaker, Ron, rushed in to say that his wife Jean needed immediate medical help. Without hesitation, several team members followed the caretaker to his home on the grounds.

Discovering Jean in severe respiratory distress, the team members leaped into action and called 9-1-1. After finding out that the paramedic team would not arrive for 20 minutes, one of the nurses began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while the others took Jean�s medical history from Ron. One team member returned to the meeting room to retrieve a patient monitor to track Jean�s vital signs. However, it was discovered that the ECG electrodes needed to hook up the monitor, which had been used for training, were missing.

No Electrodes, No Problem
At the main campsite, team members found a blood pressure cuff but still no electrodes. So, they applied some quick thinking and ingenuity to come up with alternative methods.

Using household items, including cotton balls, alcohol and tape, they created makeshift electrodes. They tried saturating the cotton balls with rubbing alcohol, then placing the leads from the monitor on the cotton balls and holding them in place with tape. It worked and, as a result, the team was able to obtain sufficient information to react to Jean�s distress.

Help Arrives
When the ambulance arrived, the EMT was amazed to find not only that Jean had been resuscitated, but that such a large number of skilled nursing professionals were caring for her. Team members relayed Jean�s medical history to the EMT and helped transport her to the ambulance. Two team members, Jim Ostmann, an RN and a former paramedic, and Jackie Olson, RN, a critical care nurse, accompanied her in the ambulance, while three others accompanied Ron to the hospital.

Later that evening, Ron visited the team at the campsite to report that Jean had been stabilized and airlifted to Albany Medical Center. Within a few days, she was up and walking around. Ron said he believed Jean would have died without the intervention of the GE Medical Systems team.

�What we as a team did for Jean, is what anyone would have done if they would have seen the face of Ron frantically asking for someone to help his wife,� said AACN member Judy Knipp, RN, BSN, a clinical applications specialist. �This is something that will stay with all of us for a while.

�I don�t think that any of us ever realized how resourceful you can be when you are forced into action.�

Other members of the clinical applications team who contributed to this life-saving effort were Page Latham, RN, BSN, Faye Horsens, RN, BSN, Cathy Brielmaier, RN, BSN, Ed DePhillippo, RN, BSN, Sharon Deis, RN, BSN, CCRN, Mark Miner, RN, BSN, CCRN, Rafael Negrete, RN, Marja Alaniva, RN, BComm, Duane Hadley, RN, BSN, and Heather Brandenburg, RN, BSN. Brielmaier, Horsens, Latham, Hadley, Miner and Deis are all members of AACN. Dies� husband Jim, who is a firefighter, was also present at the scene.

Sara McMannus is new business development manager for GE Medical Systems Information Technologies. The clinical applications team provides training on GE Medical Systems Information Technologies� monitoring equipment, as well as education on medical topics.

Jim Dies was one of the chief cooks at the
team-building retreat of the GE Medical
Systems Information Technologies clinical
systems clinical applications team.

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