AACN News—August 2003—People

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Vol. 20, No. 8, AUGUST 2003

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 Nursing Track.

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 Diego.

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 HealthCare.

Lifetime Achievement

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 ´┐ŻBold Voices´┐Ż
theme she had urged throughout the year.

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