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Vol. 23, No. 2, FEBRUARY 2006

AACN Members Honored by the American Academy of Nursing

Five AACN members were among those recognized for their achievements in nursing leadership at the American Academy of Nursing’s 2005 Annual Meeting and Conference in November. Two were honored for their lifetime of service, and three were inducted as fellows.
Joyce C. Clifford, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Joan E. Lynaugh, RN, PhD, FAAN, were named 2005 Living Legends in honor of their many contributions to the profession and to society. They were also recognized for the continuing impact of their contributions on healthcare services in the United States and throughout the world.

Joyce C. Clifford
Clifford is founder and chief executive officer of the Institute for Nursing Healthcare Leadership, Inc., a Boston-based organization that fosters leadership development, collaboration and scholarship for nurses nationwide. Prior to establishing INHL, she was senior vice president of nursing programs at CareGroup in Boston. Previously, she was vice president and nurse-in-chief at Beth Israel Hospital, a position she held for more than 25 years.

Clifford is regularly described as the architect of nursing’s professional practice model renowned in hospitals, outpatient settings and community service organizations. The model has been studied and emulated by nurses and health administrators worldwide. Her book, Restructuring: The Impact of Hospital Organization on Nursing Leadership, was frequently cited in the 2004 IOM report on patient safety. Among her many honors is AACN’s Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career, awarded in 2004.

Joan E. Lynaugh
Lynaugh, professor emerita of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and director emerita of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, was instrumental in the development of a practice model for nurse practitioners focused on the care of chronically ill patients. This initiative corresponded with her work at the University of Rochester with Barbara Bates, MD, redesigning nursing curricula to prepare nurse practitioners and encourage collaboration between nurses and physicians in primary care settings. The project, supported by grants from the U.S. Public Health Service, led to the development of a new master’s program at Rochester and influenced nursing education and practice nationwide.

Lynaugh is currently pursuing her lifelong interest in the history of nursing and writing about hospital development, the role of women in institution building, labor supply and demand phenomena, nurse-physician relationships and the development of higher education in nursing. She has authored or co-authored nine books, and 58 chapters and articles.

Academy Fellows

Pamela R. Jeffries, RN, DNS, FAAN, Suzanne C. Lareau, RN, MS, FAAN, and Cindy L. Munro, RN, ANP, PhD, FAAN, were inducted as AAN Fellows in recognition of their outstanding leadership in advancing nursing and healthcare innovations. They join a distinguished group of nurses who have already received the FAAN designation.

Pamela R. Jeffries
Jeffries is an associate professor at Indiana University School of Nursing. As an outstanding teacher, author and researcher, Jeffries has reached beyond the classroom, employing her leadership skills to create effective learning environments and to use simulations to improve learning for clinical practice. She is known for her pioneering work, the Jeffries HyperLearning Model, which has been used in classroom education, CD-Rom design and as a framework for online courses. Use of the model has transformed educator roles, improved learning and accelerated transitions to clinical practice.

Suzanne C. Lareau
Lareau is a clinical educator in nursing and medicine at the University of New Mexico, where she is a respected clinician and researcher. Actively involved in the American Thoracic Society for many years, she is a tireless advocate for patients with pulmonary disease. Lareau was a founding member of both the ATS Assembly on Nursing and the ATS Section on Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and serves as ATS consultant to the AMA and NIH. She is the author of more than 40 publications on functional status, dyspnea and outcomes evaluation in COPD patients and was the first nurse whose article was accepted for publication in the prestigious American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine in 1978.

Cindy L. Munro
Munro, a professor in the Adult Health Department of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, is nationally and internationally known for her work on biomolecular approaches to infection prevention. Her sentinel work related to oral health, dental work and infections has provided scientific rationale for testing interventions in the critical care setting. She has been principal investigator on numerous studies, including an extensive randomized clinical trial funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research to determine the most effective oral care practices to be used in the critical care setting. Munro’s extensive list of peer-reviewed articles directly impacts the care of critically ill patients.

Members on the Move


Ruth Kleinpell, RN, PhD, FAAN, served as a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore for the first master’s of nursing program in Singapore. The program is an acute care-focused advanced practice nursing program. In addition, Kleinpell presented the keynote address titled “Role Development of Advanced Practice Nurses” at the first meeting of the Honor Society of Nursing, National University of Singapore. Kleinpell is a professor at Rush University College of Nursing and a nurse practitioner at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.

Maria A. Connolly, DNSc, APN/CNS, FCCM, past AACN board member, received the Respiratory Nursing Founders Award from the Respiratory Nursing Society. She also gave two presentations and conducted a workshop at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners annual national conference.

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