Transitions: January 2014

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

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Polly Bednash has announced that she will retire as chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, D.C., effective June 15, 2014. During her tenure, Bednash has been a staunch advocate for nursing education standards and worked diligently to ensure nurses have a voice on the future of healthcare.

She has been CEO since 1989 and previously served as director of government affairs. Before joining the association, she taught nursing at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.

Martha Bickwermert, director of cardiopulmonary services, and Darlene Goepfrich, registered nurse in the Cath Lab, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, Ind., are profiled in the Dubois County Free Press for maintaining CCRN certification since 1993.

JoAnne Youngblut and Dorothy Brooten — both professors of nursing at Florida International University’s Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Miami — wrote “Parent Health and Functioning 13 Months After Infant or Child NICU/PICU Death,” which was posted online Oct. 7 in Pediatrics.

The study was funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, Bethesda, Md. Brooten is a past recipient of AACN’s Distinguished Research Lecture award.

Vicki Good, president of AACN and administrative director of patient safety, CoxHealth, Springfield, Mo., receives Employee of the Year, one of three such awards from the 2013 Springfield Business Journal Choice Employers.

CoxHealth is also honored as one of the best employers in Springfield and the southwest Missouri area.

Wanda Johanson, past president of AACN and chief executive officer since 1999, retired Dec. 31, 2013. She is succeeded by Dana Woods, AACN senior director since 1999.

Susan Ruppert, professor, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing, and past AACN and AACN Certification Corporation board member, is elected vice chair of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners.

David Marshall, chief nursing and patient care services officer, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, is elected treasurer.

CCNE is the accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for baccalaureate, graduate and residency nursing programs.

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