TRANSITIONS – April 2012

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

Mavis Austfjord-Edie — an AACN member since 1995, who completed her nursing career at Harris Methodist Southwest, Ft. Worth — has died at her home in Mineral Wells, Texas. Although she retired from nursing in late 2010, she continued to work part-time until she took time off to travel the following summer.

Jennifer Estep, registered nurse, telemetry unit, Anaheim Regional Medical Center, Calif., and Shakira Henderson, registered nurse, neonatal intensive care unit, South Miami Hospital, are national winners of the 2011 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award, in honor of their exceptional leadership and service.

Carol Ann Gioia, previously nurse manager of critical care, is named director of nursing at Jefferson’s Methodist Hospital, South Philadelphia. She will oversee the function, operations and staff of Methodist’s department of nursing and its ancillary departments.

Pamela Jeffries, associate dean for academic affairs, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, Ruth Kleinpell, professor and director of the Center of Clinical Research and Scholarship, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, and recipient of AACN’s first $50,000 Impact Research Grant, and Carol Smith, professor, University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, will be inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau Intl.’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

The award “honors STTI nurse researchers from around the world who have achieved significant and sustained national and/or international recognition for their work and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.”

Julie Miller — critical care staff development educator, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Tyler, Texas, and clinical advisor for AACN Bold Voices — co-authored the reply on the significance of the absolute neutrophil count in the Clinical Queries section of February’s Nursing2012.

Robert Strayer becomes clinical assistant professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark. An AACN member since 1991, his research interests include emergency and critical care nursing; predictors of success in nursing licensure; and healthcare systems.

Beth Ulrich, vice president of hospital services, CAE Healthcare, and editor of Nephrology Nursing Journal, is the author of “Mastering Precepting: A Nurse’s Handbook for Success,” a compilation of precepting knowledge and resources. Ulrich is a nationally recognized researcher of nursing work environments and the experiences of new nurses, who led AACN’s collaborative healthy work environment studies in 2006 and 2008.

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