AACN News—October 2003—People

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Vol. 20, No. 10, MAY 2003


Members on the Move

Honors
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 Recipients

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.

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