Transitions: February 2014

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

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Sara Clark, critical care educator, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Denver, and past president of AACN’s Denver Chapter, died recently. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from Regis University, Denver, and had worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center since 1996.

Florida State University College of Nursing, Tallahassee, honors Ann Evans, chief clinical officer, Kindred Hospital, Denver, as a 2013 Distinguished Graduate. Evans is past president of AACN, past chair of AACN Certification Corporation and a lifetime member of the association.

Before her current position, she served as chief nursing officer and vice president for patient care services, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Wheat Ridge, Colo., and vice president of patient care services at Tallahassee (Fla.) Memorial Health Care.

The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, Gaithersburg, Md., appoints Raulin Feria, clinical nurse III in the pediatric ICU, Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, Calif., to a two-year term as an external item writer for the certified pediatric nursing (CPN) exam. In his additional role as a CPN champion for the hospital, he advocates for pediatric nursing, continuing education and certification.
Tari Kennedy, advanced practice nurse and clinical education specialist, Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, Wis., and an AACN member since 1984, receives the Ihle Family Nursing Caring Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Ramón Lavandero, senior director at AACN and clinical associate professor, Yale School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn., was interviewed as a “Leader to Watch” in the October 2013 Nurse Leader, the official journal of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).

Against a backdrop of their shared experiences as ethnic minority nurses, Lavandero chatted with interviewer Linda Burnes Bolton, AONE’s president-elect, about topics ranging from nursing as a career choice to how factors of a healthy work environment support strengthening inclusivity and diversity in nursing.

Katie Menard, assistant professor of nursing, Northern Michigan University School of Nursing, Marquette, doctoral candidate at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and president of AACN’s Upper Peninsula (Mich.) Chapter, receives a Nursing Research Award from the Michigan Nurses Foundation, Okemos.

Julie Stanik-Hutt, associate professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, visited a nursing school and a hospital in Santiago, Chile.

She worked with faculty and master’s students enrolled in the clinical nurse specialist program at Universidad de los Andes Escuela de Enfermeria. She also consulted with faculty on developing graduate curricula and helped students with health assessment skills at the Hospital Parroquial de San Bernardo.

New York University awards a PhD degree to Karen Stutzer, past AACN board member, who recently served on the search committee for AACN’s new chief executive officer. Stutzer’s dissertation focused on work relationships, moral distress and burnout in critical care nurses.

Karen Vojtko, nurse manager of the cardiac care and progressive care units at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, where she worked for more than 30 years, died recently.

Through her leadership, the Cardiac Care Unit earned AACN’s Beacon Award for Excellence. An AACN member since 1988, she was also treasurer and then president-elect of the Chesapeake Bay Chapter.

Robin Weingarten, assistant nurse manager in the emergency department, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, receives a $5,000 doctoral scholarship from the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing. She is enrolled in the PhD nursing program at Villanova University, Pa.
Yale School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn., celebrates “90 Nurses for 90 Years” — one alum for each of Yale’s 90 years — including the following members and friends of AACN. Following are some brief details, and more information is in the link above.
  • Judy Beal, professor and dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Simmons College, Boston, has published more than 85 articles, and her research includes role development for neonatal nurse practitioners.
  • Cheryl Tatano Beck, professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, developed the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale and has published more than 135 articles.
  • Patricia Thomas Becker, now retired, her research contributed to improved care of NICU patients, and she serves as associate editor of Research in Nursing & Health.
  • Helen Varney Burst, professor emeritus, Yale School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn., has been instrumental in advancing the field of nurse-midwifery.
    • The school named the endowed Helen Varney Chair in Midwifery in her honor.
  • Deborah Chyun, executive associate dean at New York University School of Nursing, is working on a project to rebuild the healthcare infrastructure in Rwanda.
  • Bernice Coleman, past recipient of the AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award, is a leader in several nursing organizations, including the AHA Leadership Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing.
  • Martha A.Q. Curley, professor in nursing science at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, received AACN’s 2012 Distinguished Research Lectureship award and helped develop the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care, which bases nursing care on the needs of patients and families.
  • Donna Diers (deceased), professor emerita at Yale School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn., was the school’s sixth dean and a prolific author.
    • The American Academy of Nursing named her a Living Legend.
  • Marjorie Funk, professor, Yale School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn., is one of nursing’s foremost experts on alarm safety and received AACN’s 2011 Distinguished Research Lectureship award.
  • Margaret Grey, dean and Anne Goodrich Professor of Nursing at Yale School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn., and a leader in advanced practice nursing education, has created innovative approaches to improve the care of children with diabetes.
  • Ada Sue Hinshaw, dean of the Graduate School of Nursing at Uniformed Services University of Health Services, Bethesda, Md., is a past recipient of the AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award and the American Academy of Nursing has named her a Living Legend.
  • Karla Knight, previously a pediatric nursing practitioner, writes clinical content on molecular diagnostics and specialty drugs for a health information technology company.
  • Judith Belliveau Krauss, Yale School of Nursing dean emerita and a member of the board of directors of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, is an expert on the care of patients with serious and persistent mental disorders.
  • Ramón Lavandero is senior director at AACN and clinical associate professor, Yale School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn.
  • Angela Barron McBride chairs the national advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, is a past recipient of the AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award.
    • She is a past president and Living Legend of the American Academy of Nursing.
  • Linda Norton is research manager for Stanford (Calif.) School of Medicine’s Electrophysiology Division.
    • Her research includes cardiovascular risk factors for patients with arrhythmia.
  • Linda Pellico, associate professor and former director of the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing program, is a fellow of the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education.
  • Margretta Styles (deceased), dean emerita of the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, was an international pioneer of nursing certification who designed the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing, and president of the International Council of Nurses, among others.

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