Transitions — November 2012

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

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Michele Armstrong, an AACN member since 1999, accepts a position as a family nurse practitioner at HMG Urgent Care facilities in Kingsport and Bristol, Tenn.

She is also a certified emergency medical technician-IV and was previously a medical flight nurse and a nursing instructor.

Deborah Bullock becomes unit manager of 3-South at Rapides Regional Medical Center, Alexandria, La., where she will oversee management of a 36-bed cardiac telemetry unit. She has worked at Rapides since 1993.

The American Academy of Nursing, Washington, D.C., honors Anne Davis, professor emerita, University of California, San Francisco, and Mi Ja Kim, professor and dean emerita, University of Illinois at Chicago as “Living Legends” for their accomplishments.

Davis is a pioneer in nursing ethics, and Kim is well known for her contributions to nursing education, research and practice in cardiovascular care. Both have a long history of distinguished contributions to high acuity and critical care.

Diana Mason, president-elect, American Academy of Nursing; professor, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, New York; former editor of the American Journal of Nursing and a recipient of the GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award, receives UCLA School of Nursing’s second annual “Nurse 21” Media Advocacy award, for helping to transform the nursing profession.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) elects Patricia Gonce Morton — associate dean for academic affairs, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, an AACN member since 1978, and a past board member of both AACN and AACN Certification Corporation — to the CCNE Nominating Committee and Susan Ruppert — professor, assistant dean and department chair, School of Nursing, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and past AACN board member — to the CCNE Board of Commissioners.

Based in Washington, D.C., CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency that “ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing,” according to its website.

Ann Nicoll, a CCRN and an AACN member since 1981, died recently in Indianapolis.

An avid philatelist, she worked at Wishard Hospital and University Hospital, among others, and earned her master’s degree from Indiana University-Purdue University.

Maria Shirey, associate professor of nursing, University of Southern Indiana (USI), Evansville, and past chair of AACN Certification Corporation, and her colleague Beth Bonham are awarded a grant to establish a community of faculty scholars at USI’s College of Nursing and Health Professions.

A faculty retreat and peer mentoring will help strengthen faculty skill in scholarly writing.

Carolyn Tadeja becomes chief nurse executive at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, Calif. She successfully integrated patient care and ancillary services after two mergers and during the transition to a new patient tower.

Tadeja was previously vice president/chief nursing officer at Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia, with responsibility for nursing, cardiology services, risk and utilization and quality.

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