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Nancy Carragee, RN, MSN, was appointed vice president of quality for the Daughters of Charity Health System based in Los Altos Hills, Calif. Most recently, Carragee served as quality director for DCHS. Formerly, Carragee served as director of quality at Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.

Julia Buss, RN, MS, has published a nonfiction book that aims to send an active message to RNs in the U.S., encouraging them to lead healthier lifestyles. Buss trained to be a nurse in London and earned a master’s degree in health policy from the University of California, San Francisco. She is an RN in Oakland, Calif. For information about “Your Care Plan: A Nurse’s Guide to Healthy Living,” visit

Jo Buczko, RN, MSN, ANP-C, Pasadena City College student health services coordinator, was honored by state Sen. Carol Liu, D-21st District, and state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-44th District, during the 11th annual Women in Business Legislative Update and Awards Luncheon. Buczko’s work in helping provide low-cost health services and direct care and outreach education for nearly 30,000 students earned her the Outstanding Non-Profit Employee Award. Her collaboration with the Pasadena Public Health Department and the Pasadena Immunization Coalition also allowed PCC to be the first community college in the state to offer free hepatitis A and B vaccines to students at risk or in need of the vaccines.

Deborah Ward, RN

Deborah Ward, RN, PhD, FAAN, was appointed associate dean at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis in Sacramento, Calif. Ward was appointed as the school’s first faculty member in September 2008. Previously, she was an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle.

Katherine (Kitty) Schiffer, RN, BSN, joined Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash., as the CNO and vice president of operations Nov. 1. Schiffer most recently served as the regional vice president and CNO at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center-Riverbend in Springfield, Ore. She will replace Connie Huber, RN, FACHE, who is retiring after eight years at Providence St. Peter Hospital.

The University of California San Francisco John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence announces the selection of Holly Kirkland-Walsh, RN, MSN, FNP-C, GNP, as a Jonas/Hartford Scholar. She is clinical faculty for nurse practitioner programs at University of California, Davis; University of California, San Francisco; Sonoma State University; University of Phoenix; and Samuel Merritt University. She serves as an urgent care nurse practitioner at Kaiser Permanente, as assistant medical director at The Effort Indigent Health Clinic and as wound care nurse practitioner at UCD Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif. Her proposed area of research focuses on improving communication between the primary caregiver and patients with dementia.

Dianne Moore, RN, CNM, MN, MPH, PhD, was appointed associate provost for nursing education and regulatory affairs for West Coast University in Costa Mesa, Calif. To assume this new role, which has been created in response to the growth of West Coast University, Moore will leave her position as dean of the College of Nursing for the University’s three campuses, located in Los Angeles, Orange County and Ontario.

The American Society for Radiation Oncology selected Elizabeth A. Brunton, RN, MSN, OCN, of Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif., as the recipient of the 2010 ASTRO Nurse Excellence Award. This award is presented annually to an RN who goes above and beyond the normal standards of nursing practice. Brunton received the award, a $1,000 grant, during the nurses’ welcome and orientation luncheon Oct. 31, as a part of ASTRO’s 52nd annual meeting in San Diego.

Dianne Danzig, RN, is author of “Babies Don’t Eat Pizza — A Big Kids’ Book About Baby Brothers and Baby Sisters.” The book is a Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Recipient and was chosen for the California Readers 2010 California Collection. Danzig has taught for 20 years at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, Calif., and John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif. For more information, visit


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