Transitions: April 2014

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

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Lesley Andrew, assistant professor, County College of Morris, Randolph, N.J., and Bonnie Forshner, cardiovascular clinical specialist, Overlook Medical Center, Summit, N.J., each earned a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) with a 4.0 GPA.

They partnered on their capstone project, “From Cold to Hot: An Investigation of Fever Following Hypothermia.”

LaToya Brown, a registered nurse in the Critical Care/Open Heart Unit, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Pa., was the winter commencement speaker at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, Pa.
Leslie Cottrell, an AACN member since 2004, becomes the administrative staff’s nurse lead at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, Ill. Her previous experience includes medical/surgical, hospice, precepting and critical care nursing.
Jennifer Dole, critical care clinical nurse specialist, joins the team at Rush-Riverside Center for Heart & Vascular Excellence, Kankakee, Ill. She earned a BSN at Loyola University and an MSN from Governors State University, University Park, Ill.

Lynn Erdman, previously national vice president, community health at Susan G. Komen Global Headquarters, Dallas, becomes chief executive officer of AWHONN — Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Washington, D.C.

A nationally recognized speaker who has given more than 800 lectures, she has 30 years of experience in the healthcare and nonprofit fields.

William Howden, who joined Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Corvallis, Ore., in 2004, becomes vice president of patient care services. He brings more than 30 years of healthcare and nursing experience to his new role.

A consortium of five Maryland schools of nursing launched an annual Academic Leadership Academy to foster the development of nurse leaders and faculty, and promote nursing education.

Pamela Jeffries, professor and vice provost for digital initiatives, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, spearheaded the first event, Discovering Leadership for the Future.

Carolyn Moorhead, CCRN, who practiced in the medical ICU at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown, Ohio, for 43 years, died recently. She was a member of AACN’s Northeastern Ohio Chapter, where she held many positions.

As described in the article linked above, she “loved her family and friends, eating chocolate, Christmas, riding on the Harley and rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Cindy Munro, professor and associate dean for research and innovation, University of South Florida College of Nursing, Tampa, co-editor-in-chief of American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) and recipient of AACN’s 2014 Distinguished Research Lectureship award, is named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C.

The press release (linked to her name above) notes that Munro receives this honor for her “distinguished contributions to improving outcomes in critical illness, through research and as editor.”

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