AACN News—April 2005—People

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Vol. 22, No. 4, APRIL 2005

Members on the Move


Gyl Garren Corona, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, was the recipient of the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania Advanced Practice RN Award. She is the patient care specialist in the ACU/PCU at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, Pa. Gyl is past president of the Lehigh Valley of Chapter of AACN and a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter.

Cecilia M. Beauprie, RN, MSN, was accepted to the Executive Career Field Training/VA Health Care Leadership Institute. In addition, she was selected by Advance for Nurses publications as the “Best Nurse Leader for Excellence in Quality Improvement 2004” in the greater Chicago Area and metropolitan areas of Wisconsin and Indiana. Beauprie is the nurse program manager and associate chief of nursing for Medicine and Neurology Service Line at Hines VA Hospital, Hines, Ill.
Ruth Kleinpell, RN, PhD, ACNP, CCRN, FAAN, was inducted as a fellow in the Institute of Medicine of Chicago in recognition of her demonstrated accomplishments in the field of healthcare. Kleinpell is an associate professor at Rush University College of Nursing and a nurse practitioner at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.

Molly Hewett, RN, MSN, Debbie Lepman, RN, MSN, and Kirsten Pyle, RN, CCRN, were presented Hoag Hospital’s Outstanding Performance Improvement Award for 2004. The award recognizes exceptional collaboration and contributions toward improving patient care in the critical care units.

Jonathon A. Brown, RN, MBA, MSN, CNAA, CHE, was inducted into the Delta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International at Murray State University, Murray, Ky., in recognition of his leadership achievement and commitment to nursing excellence. Brown was interim vice president or Patient Care Services at Murray-Calloway County Hospital and a consultant for B.E. Smith, Inc.


Mary Lou Sole, RN, PhD, CCNS, FAAN, professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Central Florida, was lead editor of the recently published fourth edition of the Introduction to Critical Care Nursing textbook. Co-editors were Deborah G. Klein, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, clinical nurse specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, and Marthe Moseley, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, clinical nurse specialist at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio. Sole and fellow UCF faculty members Paul Desmarais, RN, PhD, and Lisa Smith, RN, MSN, were authors of the Instructor CD-ROM and online Student Study Guide for the textbook. Many chapter authors, including AACN past president Mary McKinley, RN, MSN, CCRN, are also AACN members.

Karen Y. Mealy, RN, BS, has become the fourth liver transplant coordinator for Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center’s Hume-Lee Transplant Clinic. She previously was in the cardiac surgery ICU.

Immediate past AACN Treasurer Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, has accepted a new position at Clarian Health Partners in Indianapolis, Ind. He will be based at Methodist Hospital, where he will be the clinical nurse specialist for cardiovascular surgery critical care. In this role, he will facilitate interdisciplinary movement toward the discovery and implementation of best practice through the process of outcomes measurement.

Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, immediate past AACN board treasurer, was guest editor of the December 2004 issue of Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. He also wrote an article titled “Complications of Weight Loss Surgery: Implications for Critical Care Nursing.” Other contributors to the issue were Damon Cottrell, RN, MS, APRN-BC, CCNS, CCRN, CEN, a member of AACN’s Nominating Committee, and Margaret Ecklund, RN, MS, CCRN, APRN-BC, past chair of the AACN Certification Corporation Board.

Hilaire J. Thompson, RN, PhD, BC, ACNP, CNRN, completed her PhD in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and received the Dean’s Award. Her dissertation research, which was supported, in part, by grants from AACN, Sigma Theta Tau and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN, focused on hyperthermia following traumatic brain injury. Thompson is now a postdoctoral fellow with the Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, Seattle, Wash.

Faith A. Tissot, RN, MSN, CCRN, graduated with honors from the Master’s Degree in Nursing Education Program at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, N.Y., with honors. She is employed in the noninvasive laboratory department at St Francis Hospital, Roslyn, N.Y.
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