TRANSITIONS – August 2012

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

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Leigh Angel is named director of the medical-surgical unit, Park Ridge Hospital, Henderson, N.C., where she will be responsible for the unit’s daily operations. She has worked in the area for 10 years as a staff nurse, unit supervisor and nurse manager.

Mary Kay Bader, a neurological critical care clinical nurse specialist, Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, Calif., past recipient of AACN’s Flame of Excellence Award and a certification review expert, is president-elect of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), Glenview Ill.

A clinical authority in neuroscience nursing, Bader is a prolific author who has also presented many sessions at AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition.

Katrina Coleman, nurse director for the critical care units, Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties, Orangeburg, S.C., receives the 2012 Palmetto Gold Award, presented annually to 100 South Carolina nurses who exemplify excellence and a commitment to nursing by a coalition of the state’s nursing organizations.

Martica Craven, clinical practice specialist and a member of the hospital’s Board Quality Committee, Randolph Hospital, Asheboro, N.C., was selected to participate in the North Carolina Nurses Association’s Leadership Academy, Raleigh.

Pamela Jeffries, associate dean for academic affairs and faculty member at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, gave a presentation on simulation at La Source School of Nursing, Lausanne, Switzerland. Also quoted in the spring 2012 Johns Hopkins Nursing magazine. Jeffries sees “the integration of clinical simulations to combat the nursing faculty shortage as one of the most impactful new models on the forefront of addressing the Future of Nursing Education report.”

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Patricia Jones becomes the first nurse practitioner in the surgical ICU, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore.

Norton Healthcare announces that Seema Kulkarni, a nurse at Norton Hospital, Louisville, Ky., and Mary Jo Veirs, a nurse in the pediatric ICU at Kosair Children’s Hospital, Louisville, Ky., received “Nurse of the Year” honors at their facility for excellence in patient care, clinical knowledge and compassion.

Peggy McNeill, senior nurse scientist of clinical investigation, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., is profiled in Alumni Pulse, published by the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore. McNeill returned from seven months in Afghanistan as inpatient flight commander for the 455th Expeditionary Medical Group, Bagram Air Field.

McNeill was in charge of the ICU, medical surgery ward and postanesthesia care unit.

Robin Newhouse, chair of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, is profiled in the school’s Alumni Pulse.

One of her recent studies indicates APRNs have patient outcomes similar to those of other providers. In some instances, APRNs might outperform physicians and healthcare teams that don’t have nurses in this role.

Newhouse is also implementing a $1 million grant to enhance the school’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

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