Transitions: September 2013

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

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Kristie Aylett, agency principal at The KARD Group PR/Marketing, Ocean Springs, Miss., and AACN’s public relations consultant, is named a Faculty Fellow at Tulane University, New Orleans, for her work with students beyond her teaching duties. She is one of 12 adjunct instructors from Tulane’s four campuses honored this year, based on nominations from other faculty and staff.

Jacqueline Byers, a nursing professor at University of Central Florida College of Nursing, Orlando, from 1998 to 2012, and an AACN member since 2001, died recently from complications associated with a chronic illness.

A prolific author, researcher, speaker and mentor, she received many awards during her career, including being selected for the inaugural class of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program.

She was also a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Byers wrote one of the first textbooks on patient safety: “Patient Safety: Principles and Practice.”

Theresa Cary, clinical nurse specialist in Cleveland Clinic’s medical cardiology unit, helped develop and also manages the Heart Failure Survival Skills Class, which educates hospitalized patients with heart failure and their caregivers.

Dorrie Fontaine, Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing and dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing and past AACN president, and Patricia Gonce Morton, the recently appointed dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Utah, and past board member of both AACN and AACN Certification Corporation, receive for their text, “Essentials of Critical Care Nursing: A Holistic Approach,” the 2013 Capstone International Nursing Book Award from the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Wendi Froedge, RN IV, Critical Care Services, Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Houston, chapter advisor for AACN’s Region 17 and a member of AACN’s North Harris/Montgomery Chapter, Woodlands, Texas, is a South Region (Texas) finalist for the GEM Award in the Education and Mentorship Category, and is selected as a Gold Medalist in the Education: Clinician Category of the Good Samaritan Foundation’s 2013 Excellence in Nursing Awards.

Margaret Grey, dean and Annie Goodrich Professor of Nursing at Yale School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn., receives the Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Distinguished Contributions Award, which was presented by the American Diabetes Association at its 73rd Scientific Sessions in Chicago.

Jeff Lynch, who had served as interim nurse manager, is promoted to nurse manager of the cardiothoracic ICU, UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care, Chapel Hill. He has also presented at AACN’s annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition.

Angela Barron McBride, professor and dean emerita, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, and past recipient of the GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award, was elected as an Honorary Fellow in The Provisional Hong Kong Academy of Nursing.

The University of Utah appoints Patricia Gonce Morton, past board member of both AACN and AACN Certification Corporation, dean of the College of Nursing. Most recently, she was associated dean for academic affairs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

A nationally recognized expert in nursing education and critical care nursing, Morton is editor of Journal of Professional Nursing, official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Cynda Hylton Rushton — professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore; an international leader in nursing ethics and palliative and end-of-life care; past chair of AACN’s Ethics Work Group; and recipient of the GE Healthcare-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award — was quoted in an article on compassion fatigue in The Washington Post.

In part, she says, “Nurses are particularly at risk for becoming overwhelmed and depleted … They “provide direct, 24/7 care, and they often must confront the limits of what medicine can do for people.” Rushton is further quoted in September’s AACN Bold Voices.

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