TRANSITIONS – September 2011

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

 
Melissa Box, promotion
Tess Briones, research
Kristine Gebbie, new position
Jennifer Manner, promotion
Raina O’Connor, new position
Peter Pronovost, appointment
Cynda Rushton, promotion
Franklin Shaffer, new position
 

Melissa Box, assistant vice president of special projects, WellStar Douglas Hospital, Douglasville, Ga. — and a current member and former president of AACN’s Northwest Georgia Chapter, Marietta — becomes the hospital’s vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer.

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Research on brain plasticity by Tess Briones is featured in the Wayne State University College of Nursing, Detroit, inaugural Research Bulletin, a quarterly newsletter highlighting faculty contributions to evidence-based practice. Brain plasticity is the overall mechanism that governs brain flexibility and mutability, particularly in response to trauma and illness. Briones’ research is based on her studies and experience as an ICU advanced practice nurse. CCRN-certified Briones joined the school’s faculty this year as an associate professor and recipient of the Katharine Faville Endowed Professorship in Nursing Research.

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Rose Mary Carroll-Johnson, a pioneer in oncology nursing, died at her home after a long illness. For nearly 20 years she was editor of Oncology Nursing FORUM, the official journal of the Oncology Nursing Society, Pittsburgh. Carroll-Johnson became a close friend of the AACN community when she collaborated as program co-planner for the International Academy of Nursing Editors in the 1990s.

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Luther Christman, nursing pioneer and advocate, died in Nashville, Tenn., at age 96. AACN honored Christman with the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career in 2001. The former dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, in 1972 he became founding dean of the Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, and vice president for nursing affairs at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. Christman’s unification model at Rush was applauded for bridging the gap between academic and clinical practice. A strong supporter of recruiting men into nursing, he was instrumental in the development and widespread use of the clinical nurse specialist role and emphasized a system of patient-centered nursing care driven by well-educated nurses. Christman was a Living Legend of the American Academy of Nursing and the first man inducted into the American Nurses Association’s Hall of Fame.

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Kristine Gebbie — who received the 2010 GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award — becomes adjunct professor at Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia. The U.S. government’s first AIDS czar, she retired to Australia to observe firsthand the effects on schools, hospitals and communities of requiring baccalaureates for nurses. June’s American Journal of Nursing includes “Here We Go Again,” Gebbie’s cautiously skeptical analysis of the Institute of Medicine’s report on the future of nursing.

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The American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors presents its 2011 bronze award for Best Signed Editorial to Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing. Kennedy receives the award for her March 2010 editorial, “No Time for Complacency in AIDS Prevention.” She also receives a bronze award in the Best Blog category for “Go Home, Stay, Good Nurse,” which she wrote from AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, in May 2010.

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Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville, Fla., promotes Jennifer Manner, previously clinical educator/coordinator, to nursing director of the hospital’s progressive care unit.

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Bethesda Healthcare System, Boynton Beach, Fla., names Raina O’Connor the director of its critical care unit. She was most recently director of the ICU at East Idaho Regional Medical Center, Idaho Falls, and has more than 30 years of nursing experience.

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Peter Pronovost, professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, will lead the new Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Pronovost is well-known for his successful program to reduce the number of central-line associated bloodstream infections in ICUs.

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Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, promotes Cynda Rushton, an internationally known expert in bioethics and palliative care and an AACN volunteer and presenter at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, to professor in the School of Nursing’s Department of Acute and Chronic Care.

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Former executive vice president of Cross Country Healthcare and chief nursing officer of Cross Country Staffing, both in Boca Raton, Fla., Franklin Shaffer becomes chief executive officer of CGFNS International, Philadelphia. CGFNS International is an immigration-neutral nonprofit organization, globally recognized as an authority on credentials evaluation of the education, registration and licensure of nurses and other health professionals. It protects the public by ensuring that nurses and other health professionals educated in countries other than the U.S. are eligible and qualified to meet U.S. licensure, immigration and practice requirements. CGFNS is composed of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, the International Commission on Healthcare Professions and the International Consultants of Delaware.

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