Members on the Move
Beth Hammer, RN, MSN, NP, received the
Secretary's Award for Excellence in Nursing from the VA Medical Center in
Milwaukee, Wis., The award is presented annually to VA nurses who demonstrate
excellence in their practice. Hammer is the Chapter Advisory Team representative
in AACN Region 8.
Isabella J. DeMarco, RN, BSN, MS, CCRN, of
Bayonne, N.J., was chosen to receive the Critical Care Nursing Award by her
colleagues at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark, N.J. She was selected for
the honor by staff of all the critical care division units, of which she had
served as director before returning to the bedside two years ago. DeMarco, who
is also a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, was activated in March to serve at
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. She recently was promoted to
the rank of major in the Army Nurse Corps.
Sofia E. Bole, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Sterling
Heights, Mich., recently completed a one-year term as president of the
Philippine Nurses Association of Michigan. The Philippine Nurses Association of
America has bestowed several awards on her, including the Nursing Excellence
Award in Community Service.
Margie B. Ocariza, RN, BSN, CCRN, received
the Clinical Excellence Award in Perioperative Nursing for 2002 at Robert Wood
Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J. She also accepted the head
nurse position in the hospital's postanesthesia care unit.
Michael Frakes, RN, BSN, CCRN, CFRN, EMTP,
of Rocky Hill, Conn., was the recipient of the 2002 Barbara Wess Award from the
Association of Air Medical Services. The award recognizes leadership in
education and research.
Sandy Joye Ferguson, RN, BSN, CCRN, was
named National Registered Nurse of the Year for 2002 by Doctors Hospital of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Ferguson is the ICU charge nurse.
Michael L. Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN, a past
president of AACN, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure at
Eastern Michigan University Department of Nursing, Ypsilanti. He has also
assumed the role of undergraduate program coordinator.
Pamela Jeffries, RN, DNS, has been selected
by the National League of Nursing as project director for a national multisite,
multimethod study of the use of similation in RN education programs. The study
is funded by a $375,000 grant from the Laerdal Medical Corporation. Jeffries, an
assistant professor in Adult Health at the Indiana University School of Nursing,
was chosen from among 13 nominations for the position.
Gloria J. McNeal, RN, PhD, APRN, BC, has
been named assistant dean of Student Affairs and associate professor with tenure
at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing,
Newark. In addition to her administrative duties, she will serve as the lead
faculty for the master's program in the Acute/Critical Care Advanced Practice
Sherry D. Moore, RN, MSN, CCRN, has been
promoted to major in the U.S. Air Force and appointed nurse manager in the
neonatal ICU at Landstuhl Medical Center, Germany. Moore also has completed her
master of nursing degree at the California College of Healthcare Sciences, San
Louise Diehl-Oplinger, RN, MSN, CCRN, APRN,
BC, CLNC, has accepted a position as an advanced practice nurse for a cardiology
practice in Phillipsburg, N.J.
David Tausevich, RN, MS, CCRN, CRNA, has
received his master of science degree in nurse anesthesology from the University
of New England College of Health Sciences, Portland, Maine. He also passed the
Council on Certification of Nurses Anesthetists' national exam and is now board
certified as a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Tausevich is with a
private practice, Boston-area anesthesiology group affiliated with Partners
Connie Barden (left), immediate past
president of AACN, was presented the
Lifetime Achievement Award at Mercy
Hospital, Miami, by Claudia DiStrito,
vice president of nursing and patient
services. The presentation came shortly
before AACN's National Teaching
Institute and Critical Care Exposition
in San Antonio, Texas, where Barden
expounded upon the �Bold Voices�
theme she had urged throughout the year.