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Vol. 23, No. 3, MARCH 2006

Members on the Move


Patricia Gonce Morton, RN, PhD, ACNP, FAAN, AACN board member and a professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, was appointed assistant dean for master’s studies and the doctor of nursing practice program, which will begin this fall. A specialist in critical care nursing education who joined the University of Maryland faculty in 1980, Morton has also written four books and more than 30 journal articles.

Donna Bertram, RN, MBA, FAAN, a past AACN president, was named vice president and chief nursing officer at Arlington Memorial Hospital, Arlington, Texas.

Mary Bylone, RN, BS, CCRN, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter president, wrote an article on preventing medical errors for the New England edition of Advance for Nurses.

Kathie Cole, RN, MN, CCRN, a nurse at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, led a study that was presented at an American Heart Association meeting. The study indicated that visits from therapy dogs lower anxiety, stress and heart and lung pressure in heart failure patients.

Pauline Sharma, RN, BS, CCRN, is the author of “Because You Are a Girl?” her autobiography about growing up in India, which includes a discussion of the country’s views on nursing. Sharma proves that women can achieve, often at great personal cost.

Aida Arcibal Imperio, RN, BSN, CCRN, CPHQ, was named a Healthcare Staffing Services Certification reviewer for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Imperio is a member of the Greater Washington Chapter of AACN.

Sandra Galura, RN, MSN, CCRN, earned a master’s of science degree in nursing from the University of Central Florida and has accepted a position as assistant professor of nursing at Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, Orlando, Fla.

Verlia M. Brown, MA, RN,C, coordinating head of adult critical care units at Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., was elected president of the New York State Nurses Association, for a two-year term.

Margie Nicolaus, RN, St. Mary’s Hospital, was named one of Georgia’s first “Hospital Heroes” by the Georgia Hospital Association. She was on a three-hour flight when a diabetic passenger’s blood pressure skyrocketed, putting the woman at risk for disability and possible death. With limited supplies, Nicolaus and two physicians were able to stabilize the patient’s condition.
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