TRANSITIONS – January 2012

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

Tracey Anderson, neurocritical care nurse practitioner, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, receives one of the inaugural Magnet Nurse of the Year Awards, presented by American Nurses Credentialing Center, Silver Spring, Md. The annual awards, offered in five categories, recognize the “outstanding contributions of patient care clinicians working in Magnet hospitals.”

Joyce Clifford, past senior vice president and nurse-in-chief, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, lecturer at Harvard Medical School, visiting scholar at Boston College School of Nursing and recipient of AACN’s Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career, has died at the age of 76. She was past president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the first nurse to serve on the Harvard Medical School Admissions Committee.

The epitome of AACN’s healthy work environment standard for true collaboration, Clifford is considered the architect of nursing’s professional practice model, pioneered in the early 1970s, which placed RNs as primary caregivers and established the position of nurse manager.

Joanne Disch — clinical professor and director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership, Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei chair in nursing leadership at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Twin Cities and past AACN president — begins a two-year term as president of the board of directors of the American Academy of Nursing, Washington, D.C.

The American Nurses Association (ANA), Silver Spring, Md., names Joyce Fitzpatrick, professor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, chair of the American Nurses Foundation, ANA’s charitable and philanthropic arm. Fitzpatrick is the principal investigator of national studies of empowerment and certification, funded by AACN Certification Corporation.

Alexander Halstead, who recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, begins his career as a clinical nurse I in the Surgical ICU at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing names Mary Beth Happ, who has been on the university faculty since 2000 — the UPMC Health System chair in nursing science. Happ’s primary position is professor in the school’s Department of Acute/Tertiary Care, and her research focuses on communicating with seriously ill patients who cannot speak, including studies on mechanical ventilation and treatment decision-making.

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The American Academy of Nursing, (AAN), Washington, D.C., names Ada Sue Hinshaw — dean and professor at the Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md., and 2011 recipient of the GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award — an AAN Living Legend, the academy’s highest honor, in recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments and lifetime achievement.

Patricia Howard, operations manager, emergency and trauma services, University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Lexington, receives the Judith Kelleher Award from the Emergency Nurses Association, Des Plaines, Ill., for consistent excellence in emergency nursing.

Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, Indianapolis, elects Suzanne Prevost as the 29th president of its board of directors. Associate dean for practice and engagement, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Lexington, Prevost is past chair of AACN Certification Corporation and currently an executive fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, San Francisco, program to improve healthcare.

Chantell Scott, director of a cardiovascular ICU and a cardiovascular progressive care unit at The University of Texas at Arlington, wrote a letter to the editor published in the October 2011 Nursing Management.

In part, she wrote, “In my opinion, patient safety should be a fundamental ethical requirement of all healthcare personnel. This can be achieved if healthcare administrators promote and support a culture of safety by allowing staff to report errors without the fear of punitive repercussions.”

Her words support the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments, especially Standard 1: Skilled Communication, which states that “this culture (of safety and excellence) expects civility and respects nurses who speak from their knowledge and authority.”

Mary Stahl, clinical nurse specialist, medical cardiology, Mid America Heart Institute, Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., and president of the AACN board of directors, co-presented “Ways to Create the WOW Factor for Your Members” at the 2011 Fall Summit in Miami, presented by the Nursing Organizations Alliance, Lexington, Ky.

Rozlyn Weiler, ICU charge nurse at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Wyo., received the Wyoming Hospital Association’s 2011 Norman S. Holt Award, presented annually to one nurse in the state for providing excellent patient care.

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