Members on the Move
Michele C. Balas, RN, MSN, CCRN, CRNP, BC,
was selected as a 2003-2005 John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic
Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholar. She is currently pursuing doctoral study at
the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, and continues to
practice as a staff nurse in a surgical ICU at the Hospital of the University of
Pennsylvania. Her current research interests include exploring the variables
responsible for disparate outcomes in the critically ill, older adult.
AACN President-elect Kathleen McCauley, RN,
PhD, CS, FAAN, has been named to the 1942 Endowed Term Chair, a University of
Pennsylvania chair that rotates among schools based on academic achievement.
McCauley is interim associate dean and director of undergraduate studies,
associate professor of cardiovascular nursing and cardiovascular clinical
specialist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia.
Patients, Families Determine Award
Nurses at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill
Cornell Medical Center were honored recently with the presentation of the DAISY
(Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a part of
the DAISY Foundation program to recognize the "super-human" efforts nurses
perform everyday. The award is the first national program to be conducted by
patients and their families to honor nurses.
The first award recipient was John Fiddler,
RN, BSN, senior staff nurse at the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at New
York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell. Fiddler performed work with the
victims of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center tragedy.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, based
in Glen Ellen, Calif., was established by J. Mark Barnes and his family in
memory of his son J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from
complications of ITP, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The
care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this
unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of
their patients and patient families.
One day each month, a nurse will be
selected to receive the award.
"When my son Patrick was critically ill, my
family and I experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide
acutely ill patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom
recognized for the super-human work they do," said Mark Barnes, DAISY Foundation
president. "The kind of work the nurses at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill
Cornell Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of
the DAISY Award."
John Fiddler (holding certificate) is
flanked by his colleagues at the
William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at New York-Presbyterian
Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.