Transitions: June 2013

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

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Sonia Astle, clinical nurse specialist at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va., and a member of AACN Certification Corporation’s board of directors, visited Kalra Hospital, New Delhi, India, where she spoke with the staff about caring for critically ill patients.

Marilyn Chow, vice president of national patient care services, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif., receives the AONE Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of her leadership in the nursing profession; and Victoria Rich, chief nurse executive, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, receives the Prism Diversity Award in recognition of her efforts to promote diversity in the nursing workforce and to enhance understanding of diversity issues.

Both awards were bestowed by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).

Martha A.Q. Curley, Ellen and Robert Kapito Professor in Nursing Science at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, and a nurse scientist in critical care and cardiovascular nursing at Children’s Hospital Boston, received the 14th annual Claire M. Fagin Distinguished Researcher Award and presented an open lecture, “Clinical Research in Pediatric Critical Care — Not for the Faint of Heart,” at the university.

The recipient of AACN’s 2012 Distinguished Research Lectureship, Curley participated in the development of the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care, a framework that bases nursing care on patient and family needs.

Donna Diers, former dean of Yale School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn., and a Living Legend of the American Academy of Nursing, died earlier this year.

Internationally respected and admired for her eloquent writing about nurses’ unique contributions to healthcare, in a co-authored editorial for The New England Journal of Medicine, she described nurses as “tough, canny, powerful, autonomous, and heroic,” notes an article in Yale Nurse.

In Nursing Outlook Diers wrote, “Nursing puts us in touch with being human. Without even asking, we are invited into the inner spaces of other people’s existence. For where there is loneliness, suffering, the tolerable pain of cure, or the solitary pain of permanent change, there is a need for the kind of human service we call nursing.”

Becker’s Hospital Review names Vicki Good, administrative director of patient safety, CoxHealth, Springfield, Mo., and president-elect of AACN’s board of directors, one of its “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety,” in honor of her work to improve patient safety.

Good supports clinical staff for inpatient facilities that range from a 600-bed medical center to four hospitals under 200 beds, including a 25-bed critical access hospital. She also supports a variety of specialty treatment centers, emergency centers and walk-in clinics at the local Walmart stores.

Michelle Gutman, who started as a staff nurse at Baptist Health, La Grange, Ky., 12 years ago, is promoted to nurse manager of the hospital’s medical/surgical unit.
Teri Lynn Kiss, director, Medical Unit-2South, director, Case Management Services, Fairbanks (Alaska) Memorial Hospital, AACN president-elect effective July 1, receives the Banner Western Region Leadership Recognition Award for outstanding contributions.
Anne Muller, director of critical care, Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, Pa., is elected treasurer of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Philadelphia; Ginger Pierson, clinical nurse specialist, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach, Calif., and past receipt of AACN’s Circle of Excellence Award, is elected to her second term on the board of directors; and Fiona Winterbottom, critical care clinical nurse specialist, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, is elected to her first term on the board.

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