Transitions — December 2012

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

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Carol Boswell, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS), Richmond, died recently. Boswell was a longtime VCUHS and AACN colleague of Denise Thornby, our late past president. Boswell served AACN as president of the Greater Richmond Area Chapter and VCUHS as critical care educator and CICU nurse clinician.

Fellow CICU nurses are said to still sing a jingle about ECGs that Boswell taught them.

Joanne Disch, clinical professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Twin Cities, president of the American Academy of Nursing and past AACN president, is appointed chair of the board of trustees of Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, Ill.

Margaret Grey, dean, Yale School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn., receives the 2012 Pathfinder Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research.

“Grey’s research was recognized among nurse scientists whose work epitomizes commitment to inquiry in a variety of domains relevant to the discipline and practice of nursing,” according to Yale’s announcement.

Susan Hasmiller, senior adviser for nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J., and director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, receives the President’s Award from the National League for Nursing, New York, in honor of her contributions to nursing education and practice. She is also chief strategist for the foundation’s “Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.”

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs appoints Joanne Krumberger director of the VA Central California Health Care System, which serves more than 25,000 veterans in the Fresno area. The system has more than 1,050 employees and an operating budget of nearly $174 million as part of VISN 21 — one of 23 Veterans Integrated Service Networks — which covers Central and Northern California, Honolulu and Reno, Nev.

VISNs provide care to more than 5.5 million veterans each year, including post-combat care such as polytrauma care, innovative treatments for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder and services provided through community-based outpatient clinics and mobile centers. VISNs are an important component of the White House Joining Forces initiative in which AACN participates.

A past AACN president, Krumberger was most recently deputy director of the VA’s Palo Alto Health Care System.

Courtney Lyder, dean and professor, UCLA School of Nursing, receives the President’s Award from the National League for Nursing, New York, in honor of his contributions to nursing education and practice.

He is well known for his leadership in patient safety and advocacy for vulnerable populations, especially older people, and for promoting diversity in the nursing workforce.

Michelle Lyttle, critical care nurse, Heritage Medical Center, Shelbyville, Tenn., was profiled in the Shelbyville Times-Gazette for maintaining CCRN certification consistently for 20 years.

Angela Barron McBride, professor-dean emerita, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, and past recipient of the GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award, receives the President’s Award from the National League for Nursing, New York, in honor of her contributions to nursing education and practice.

She is a noted expert in the areas of women’s health, psychiatric nursing and the psychology of parenthood.

Kathryn Roberts, clinical nurse specialist, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and AACN president, gave a presentation at Christiana Care’s annual 21st Century Visions of Nursing conference. She challenged her audience to be “be courageous in the pursuit of excellence and in service to their patients,” according the hospital’s announcement.

Terry Simmons, critical care nurse, Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain, and an AACN Circle of Excellence recipient, was the keynote speaker at a luncheon honoring the hospital’s certified nurses. She was selected from a group of nurses from 23 specialties.

“A highlight for me was when nurses came to my table during the luncheon and shared their stories of being mentored by me for certification,” she tells AACN Bold Voices.

The Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey names Celeste Wayne, assistant professor of nursing, County College of Morris (N.J.), Nurse Educator of the Year. An AACN member since 1987, she has worked at the college since 2002 and served on numerous campus committees.

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