TRANSITIONS – October 2011

Events in the lives of members and friends in the AACN community

 
Beth Bolick, publication
Elizabeth Carlson, award
Martha A.Q. Curley, award
Marla De Jong, new position
Marge Funk, award
Linda Harrington, webinar
Susan Hassmiller, panel
Janie Heath, new position
Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, award
Ruth Kleinpell, award
Tito Tubog, degree
Mary Wakefield, panel
 

Beth Bolick, associate professor and specialty coordinator for the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, is co-editor of “Pediatric Acute Care: A Guide for Interprofessional Practice,” the first textbook to approach the care of acutely ill children from a multidisciplinary perspective. It includes contributions from more than 200 clinicians and additional experts from the U.S. and Canada.

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Elizabeth Carlson, associate professor, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago; and Ruth Kleinpell, director, Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship, and professor, Rush University Medical Center and Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, will receive the Practice Academe Innovative Collaboration Award for the “Practitioner-Teacher Model” from the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis, one of its 2011 International Awards for Nursing Excellence.

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Martha A.Q. Curley, recipient of AACN’s 2012 Distinguished Research Lectureship, past chair of AACN Certification Corporation and professor of nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, will receive the Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Award for Excellence in Research from the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis, one of its 2011 International Awards for Nursing Excellence.

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Marla De Jong, previously executive director of the TriService Nursing Research Program, Bethesda, Md., an AACN member since 1989 and a recipient of its Flame of Excellence Award, becomes dean, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Fairborn, Ohio. Among her many duties, De Jong directs daily academic operations, establishes student training policies, and oversees institutional accreditation for Graduate Medical Education programs and the Franzello AeroMedical Library, which houses the world’s largest collection of aerospace medical reference materials.

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Marge Funk, professor, Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn., and recipient of AACN’s 2011 Distinguished Research Lectureship, receives the Katharine A. Lembright Award — the highest honor from the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, Dallas — for her achievements in cardiovascular nursing research.

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Linda Harrington, vice president and regional chief nursing informatics officer, Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo., and board director of AACN and AACN Certification Corporation, is a member of American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Technology Committee, which presented “AONE’s Guiding Principles for the Nurse Executive to Enhance Clinical Outcomes by Leveraging Technology.” The webinar was designed to help nurse leaders understand how technology can enhance positive clinical outcomes.

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Susan Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J., Mary Wakefield, administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, Washington, D.C., and Lauren Walker, registered nurse, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., were among the panel members who discussed the educational recommendations in the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” Sponsored by nurse.com, which is published by Gannett Healthcare, the event was livestreamed at www.nurse.com/futureofnursing before an audience.

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Janie Heath — an AACN member since 1981 and past board member; associate dean, academic affairs, and E. Louise Grant endowed chair in nursing, Georgia Health Sciences University, College of Nursing, Augusta — becomes associate dean of academics at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, where Dorrie Fontaine, an AACN member since 1983 and past AACN president, is Sadie Heath Cabaniss professor of nursing and dean. The school of nursing celebrates its 110th anniversary this year.

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Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, editor-in-chief, American Journal of Nursing, will receive the Nursing Media Award (Print) for “Evidence-Based Practice: Step by Step,” from the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis, one of its 2011 International Awards for Nursing Excellence.

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Tito Tubog, nurse anesthetist, Longview Regional Medical Center, Texas, earned his doctorate of nurse anesthesia practice (DNAP) from Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, as a member of Wesleyan’s inaugural DNAP class.” Tubog is also a visiting professor for the RN-BSN program at Chamberlain College of Nursing, Houston. An active AACN volunteer, he has served on four certification committees — CCRN Adult Item Writing, CCRN Adult Exam Development, CMC/CSC Practice Analysis Task Force and CMC/CSC Item Writing.

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