Transitions: October 2013

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

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Lara Boyett, family and acute care nurse practitioner, Little River Healthcare, Rockdale, Texas, is re-elected vice president of Texas Nurse Practitioners, Austin, the state’s largest organization representing nurse practitioners.

Tara Cortes, executive director of Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and professor of geriatric nursing, New York University College of Nursing, is named to the Health and Aging Policy Fellows 2013-2014 Program in the nonresidential track.

The goal of the yearlong program is to provide professionals in health and aging with the skills and experience to contribute to health policies that affect older Americans.

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Indianapolis, inducts these women into its International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame:

  • Barbara Daly, professor in the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, and an AACN member since 1986
  • Sandra Dunbar, Charles Howard Candler Professor and associate dean for academic development at Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Atlanta, past AACN president and a member since 1975
  • Terry Richmond, Andrea B. Laporte Endowed Term Professor at the School of Nursing and professor of nursing in surgery at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, recipient of AACN’s Circle of Excellence award and a member since 1977

Anna Dermenchyan, clinical nurse III in the cardiothoracic ICU, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, presented a poster titled “A Healthy Work Environment Endeavor: Postoperative Handover From the OR to CTICU” at University of Texas Health Science Center’s 2013 Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practice, San Antonio.

In 2011, she received an AACN continuing professional development scholarship to attend the Nurse in Washington Internship program, sponsored by The Nursing Organizations Alliance, Lexington, Ky., and was featured in “I Am a Critical Care Nurse” in the February 2010 Critical Care Nurse.

Linda Norman, Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing and senior associate dean for academics, becomes dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tenn.

A leader in nursing and health profession education, she has been responsible for many of the school’s initiatives, including the strategic direction of academic programs, initiation of six new MSN specialties and three combined specialties, as well as development and implementation of the blended distance learning options.

A former critical care nurse, Norman is a prolific author and an international lecturer on various nursing topics.

JoAnn Palmieri, nurse practitioner with Veterans Affairs (VA) of Pittsburgh, and a longtime member of AACN, died recently. She began her career at St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh, and worked in Allegheny General Hospital’s oncology department and in UPMC Presbyterian’s cardiology department before joining the VA.

Palmieri earned a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Penn State University and a master’s from University of Pittsburgh, while she taught nursing at Ohio Valley General Hospital, McKees Rocks, Pa. She was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and was a member of the American College of Nurse Practitioners.

Lynnette Seeds, who served as a critical care nurse for 32 years, died recently, while she was on vacation with her family. A graduate of Helene Fuld School of Nursing and Mercer County Community College, she worked at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, Trenton, N.J.

Julie Stanik-Hutt, associate professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON), Baltimore, receives the Excellence in Education Award from the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Pitman, N.J. She has led initiatives at JHUSON to increase the number of APRNs who care for older adult patients and served on panels that developed adult/gerontologic primary care and acute care nurse practitioner competencies.

A JHUSON article notes that she is the “driving force behind the JHUSON integrating geriatric education into the adult primary and acute care NP curricula and the adult health and adult critical care Clinical Nurse Specialist curricula.” In the article, Stanik-Hutt describes the award as “the kind of unexpected boost that makes all the hard work feel worthwhile.”

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