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New England Notable Nurses


American Organization of Nurse Executives member Lynne M. Ramer, RN, MSN, CNOR, was appointed director of perioperative services at Bristol (Conn.) Hospital.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses bestowed 2010 Circle of Excellence Awards to the following New England nurses: Dorothy M. Beke, RN, MS, CPNP, clinical nurse specialist, cardiac ICU, Children’s Hospital, Boston; Michael Davis, RN, BSN, NE-BC, clinical nurse manager, surgical intermediate care unit, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass.; and Susan S. Scott, RN, MSN, CCRN, critical care educator, ICU, Baystate Medical Center.

Kathleen Haggerty, RN, clinical supervisor at VNA East Inc. in Mansfield Center, Conn., completed the Certificate for OASIS Specialist Clinical exam.

Two nurses at Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance have achievements to share. Elizabeth Cadigan, RN, MSN, was appointed senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, and Be-Verlyn Navarro, RN, was appointed ED nurse manager of the Somerville (Mass.) Hospital campus.

Be-Verlyn Navarro, RN

Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists Diane Grimaldi, RN, MS, PMHCNS-BC, and Deborah Van Etten, RN, MS, GNP, PMHCNS-BC, co-owners of Weight Loss Surgery Resources, based in Belmont, Mass., published the article “Psychosocial Adjustments Following Weight Loss Surgery” in the March 2010 Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services.

Christine Boylan Hamill, RN, MSN, CNL, NEA-BC, was promoted to assistant vice president at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H.

Stacey Clawson, RN, of St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn., earned a BSN from Jacksonville University.

Carrie Macleod, RN, PhD, nurse practitioner in the cardiac surgical unit of North Shore Medical Center-Salem, Mass., and assistant professor of nursing at St. Anslem’s College, presented “Transforming Care at the Bedside.” Clinical staff nurse Bridget Hurlbert Webster, RN, BSN, also of North Shore, earned her BSN from Salem State College and received the Nengal Award for Nursing Excellence from the college’s Sigma Theta Tau chapter.

Melissa Donais, RN

Winchester (Mass.) Hospital welcomes family medicine nurse practitioner Melissa Donais, RN, NP, who works at North Reading (Mass.) Medical Associates.

Elaine L. Bridge, RN, board member of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives, was named to the allied position of the Massachusetts Hospital Association for 2010-11.

Gayle Peterson, RN, of Boston, was elected to serve a four-year term to the Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics of the American Nurses Association.

The St. Joseph School of Nursing, on the campus of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence, R.I., held graduation ceremonies for its 108th class May 14. The Bishop Russell J. McVinney Memorial Scholarship for outstanding achievement in nursing theory and performance was awarded to Kristine Hastings. The Faculty Certificate of Merit for outstanding scholastic achievements was awarded to Susan Donoughe. Graduates include Anthony Amaral, Jessica Hetu, Jennifer Bernache, Ruth Kelly, Sheila Boynton, Eleene Mustavitz, Nicholas Calandra, Crossandra Osgood, Dara Chase, Stephanie Parker, Holly Clements, Jennifer Pasqual, Lori Crowshaw, Nicole Plante, Jennifer Cruz, John Rotatori, Robert Desrosiers, Patricia Ruo, Christina Desjarlais, Heather St. Angelo, Donoughe, Joanne Sanita, Jason Dyl, Tina Santos, Nicole Dziembowski, Katherine Valorie, Jacqueline Graham, Marlene Verrier, Shalyn Green, Ann Westgate, Hastings and Kendra Zuffoletti.

Deborah Baker, RN, vice president of patient care service and chief nurse executive at Mount Auburn Hospital, third from right, stands with high school students, from left, Meghan Millian; Gloria Kimera; Nishanthi Kulenthirarajan; Patricia Maniquis; and Jillian Oven.

Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., awarded six nursing scholarships to local high school graduates who will be attending college to pursue a career in nursing. The following students received scholarships: Meghan Millian, Gloria Kimera, Nishanthi Kulenthirarajan, Patricia Maniquis, Jillian Oven and Elizabeth Bekelian.

Two Boston nurse researchers were inducted into the newly created Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. This unique recognition eternally honors nurse researchers who are Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International members, who have achieved long-term, broad national and international recognition for their work and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves. Recipients are Ann Wolbert Burgess, RN, DNSc, FAAN, professor at Boston University William F. Connell School of Nursing, and Callista Roy, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor at Boston College.

Heather Revaleon, RN, WCC, a wound care nurse, was named the Susan G. Kropoff 2009 Employee of the Year at New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton, Mass.

Nurses at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston have accomplishments to share. The New England Regional Black Nurses Association selected charge nurse Melissa Houston, RN, BSN, OCN, for an Excellence in Nursing Award for her “expertise as an oncology nurse, professionalism, willingness to learn, and ability to provide quality, compassionate care.” Suzelle Saint-Eloi, RN, MS, was selected as a 2010 Achiever by the YMCA of Greater Boston.

Josephine Emin, RN

Norwood (Mass.) Hospital presented Josephine Emin, RN, of unit 32, with its 2010 Nurse of Distinction recognition in ceremonies honoring all nurses during National Nurses Week.

The Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners announced the recipients of the fourth annual Exceptional Preceptor Awards. The nurse practitioner recipients for 2010 are: Anne Marie Bourque, Inspiris; Dezra Kenney, Health and Education Services Inc.; Elizabeth Donahue, Hallmark Health System; Maureen Bencale, New England Specialists-Winchester Hopsital; and Marie Briasco, Southborough Medical Group. The nurses were nominated by their peers or students for exhibiting expert patient care skills, being creative in their approach to nursing care and teaching, having a positive effect on clients and peers and utilizing current research in their care and teaching.

Nurses who received the 2009 Southcoast President’s Award for Excellence from Southcoast Hospitals Group include: Michelle Croft, RN, CBN, bariatric nurse coordinator, Tobey Hospital, Wareham, Mass.; Nora King, RN, Atwood 4, Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River, Mass.; Nancy Lo Bue, RN, ICU/CCU, Tobey Hospital; Lucelina Andrade, CNA, nurse assistant, Tobey Hospital; and Armanda Dunn, RN, team leader, Southcoast Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care & Infusion Services, Fairhaven, Mass.

Many Southcoast nurses completed Homeland Security training. Trainees from Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, Mass., include Kelly Houde, RN, Southeast Rehabilitation; Gilbert Mello, RN, nursing supervisor; William Tavares, RN, ED; and Lisa Young, RN, professional development. St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Mass., trained Diana Howes, RN, ED. Trainees from Southcoast Hospitals Group include Janine Fontaine, RN, maternity director; Dorothy Holmes, RN, MSN, Southcoast Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care & Infusion; Deborah Rideout, RN, peri-operative services director; David Rodriques, RN, MS, clinical nurse manager, Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Massachusetts; and Debra Santilli, RN, BN, MBA, cardiac surgery services manager. Tobey Hospital trained J. Richard Donnellan, RN, resource nurse, and Suzanne Robbins, RN, ED manager.

Rebecca Burke, RN,

Outside participants include Jane Bonvini, RN, vice president of patient services, Nantucket (Mass.) Cottage Hospital; David Denneno, RN, emergency preparedness coordinator, Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Mass.; Martha Lake-Greenfield, RN, nurse manager, Nantucket Cottage Hospital; and Gena Koufos, RN, emergency management, Environmental Health & Engineering.

Rebecca Burke, RN, MS, NEA-BC, was named chief nursing officer at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn.

Lorraine E. Murphy, RN

Lorraine E. Murphy, RN, MS, was appointed director of quality and safety at Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice in Malden, Mass.

Flo LeClair, RN, BSN, CHPN, hospice coordinator at UMass Memorial Hospice in Worcester, Mass., was the recipient of the 2010 Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse of the Year Award from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses. Individuals selected to receive the award have personified excellence in end-of-life nursing and have made contributions in clinical practice, education, leadership or research.

Jean W. Lange, RN

Jean W. Lange, RN, PhD, professor of nursing at Fairfield (Conn.) University, won a 2010 End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium award, a national honor bestowed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to individuals considered central to improving palliative care in the U.S.

The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association inducted its 2010 officers. Robert MacKinnon, RN, CNN, facility administrator at DaVita Northeast Cambridge (Mass.) Dialysis was named Northeast chapters coordinator-elect. Kim Alleman, APRN, MS, FNP-BC, CNN-NP, a nurse practitioner at Hartford Hospital Transplant in Lebanon, Conn., was named Northeast vice president to the board of directors. The ANNA also recognized Nancy Hoffart, RN, PhD, professor at Northeastern University in Boston for her article “The Development of Kidney Transplant Nursing” in the March/April 2009 issue of Nephrology Nursing Journal.

Marilyn Converse, RN

Marilyn Converse, RN, a pain resource nurse at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass., was recognized with the Terry Croteau Compassionate Care Award, named after an Emerson Hospital employee who lost her battle with breast cancer.

Nurses at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have accomplishments to share. Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, MS, FAAN, chief nurse, senior vice president, patient care services, received the Chancellor’s Award for Longstanding Community Commitment and Service at UMASS Boston. Deborah Washington, RN, PhD(c), director of diversity, received the Liberating Vision Award from the Greater Boston Chapter, National Council of Negro Women, at the NCNW-GBS Women of Courage and Conviction Banquet.

Diane Carroll, APRN, PhD, BC, nurse researcher, The Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research, presented “Technological Advances: Setting the Standard for Nursing Practice” at the 10th annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing, Council of Cardiovascular Nurses and Allied Professionals, European Society of Cardiology. Susan Lee, RN, PhD, nurse scientist, The Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research, presented “A Concept Synthesis of Geropalliative Care” at the Eastern Nursing Research Society.

Beth-Ann Norton, RN, MS, ANP-BC, nurse practitioner, MGH Crohn’s and Colitis Center, presented “Care of the Patient With Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Nursing Perspective” at The New England Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. Carroll; Ann Hurley, RN; and other colleagues presented the poster “Validation of Icons to Communicate Fall Risk and Tailored Interventions to Prevent Patient Falls” at the 22nd annual Scientific Sessions, Celebrating Diversity in Nursing Science. Maureen Hemingway, RN, BSN, MHA, CNOR, and Alan Goostray, RN, CNOR, peri-operative nursing service, presented the poster “Transformations in Technology” at the Association of Operating Room Nurses Congress. Mary McAdams, RN-BC, MEd, professional development specialist; Sheila Golden-Baker, RN-BC, SM, CRRN, clinical educator; Mary O’Brien, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, professional development specialist, The Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical & Professional Development; and another colleague presented the poster “Educating Subject Matter Experts on How to Convert Traditional Instructor-Led Presentations to Online Learning Events” at the Northeast Organization of Nurse Educators.

Paul Arnstein, RN, PhD, clinical nurse specialist in pain relief, authored the book “Clinical Coach for Effective Pain Management.” June Guarente, RN, MS, CGRN, staff nurse on the gastrointestinal unit, and Kathleen Tiberii, RN, BSN, CGRN, endoscopy staff nurse, authored the study module “Registered Nurse Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, (PEG), Self-Assessment Study Module,” for the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses.

Clare Cole, RNC, WHNP, clinical nurse specialist, obstetrics, newborn family unit, and other colleagues authored the article “Using the Postpartum Hospital Stay to Address Mothers’ and Fathers’ Smoking: The NEWS Study” published in the March 2010 issue of Pediatrics.


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