Transitions: January 2013

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

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Myra Christopher, consumer representative on AACN Certification Corporation’s board of directors, and Kathleen M. Foley, chair in pain and palliative care at the Center for Practical Bioethics, Kansas City, Mo., presented “Relieving Pain, a National Challenge — A Moral Imperative” at the 6th annual Bioethics Conference in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Roberta Fruth, domestic and international senior consultant, Joint Commission Resources, Oak Park, Ill., and past AACN board member, earns a master’s of science in patient safety leadership from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Matthew Gallek, assistant professor, University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson, is chosen to participate in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Nurse Faculty Scholars program. Each recipient receives a three-year, $350,000 grant. Gallek’s research will involve the management of patients with brain injury.

Anna Gawlinski, director of research and evidence-based practice, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, and adjunct professor at UCLA School of Nursing, earns a California Nursing Excellence Award in Education and Mentorship from An AACN member since 1978, she is also a past recipient of AACN’s Circle of Excellence Award and its Distinguished Research Lectureship.

Bethesda Healthcare System names Ana Hilyer nursing director of Bethesda Hospital West, Boynton Beach, Fla. She has 18 years of healthcare experience, most recently as manager/director of the critical care and telemetry units at the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.

Beverly Malone, chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing, New York, is elected to the Kaiser Family Foundation Board of Trustees, Menlo Park, Calif. She has served as president of the American Nurses Association, deputy assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and general secretary of the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Nursing.

Lake Regional Health System, Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., recognizes Kelly Phillips, a nurse educator in the outpatient services department, for maintaining her CCRN credential for 20 years.

Cynda Hylton Rushton, professor, Department of Acute and Chronic Care, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, is named to the inaugural Anne and George L. Bunting Professorship in Clinical Ethics, which combines bioethics and nursing.

Vicki Siegel, a nurse in the special care unit at Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport, Maine, is chosen employee of the month. A member of AACN’s Southern Maine Chapter, she also works in cardiac rehabilitation and cardiac testing and serves on the center’s Special Care Unit Practice Council.

Linda Utterback, a CCRN at Summa Health System, died in early October. A resident of Canton, Ohio, she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and also pursued postgraduate work in law; she enjoyed reading, traveling and gardening in her free time.

Rose Parade Nurses’ Float
On Jan. 1, nurses everywhere were honored for their “tireless efforts, compassion and care” with a float in the 124th annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Titled “A Healing Place,” the float was built with funds raised by nonprofit Bare Root, Inc.

Among the float’s riders during the parade were Cathy Rodgers Ward, director of nursing, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, a longstanding AACN champion, and AACN members Cherie Fox, representing St. Joseph Health, Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, Calif.; Suko Davies, emergency department, representing Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, Calif.; and Deborah Keasler, director of cardiac services, representing Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pomona, Calif.

Sara McMannus, an AACN member since 1983, has championed the float since its inception both as an individual professional and in her education role with GE Healthcare.

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