MEET ESTHER BROWN
Widener University School of Nursing, West Chester, Pa.
Esther Brown, MSN, EdD, assistant professor at Widener’s School of Nursing, Chester, Pa., received the 2011 Distinguished New Faculty Award in April at the 22nd International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in Jacksonville, Fla.
Brown was honored for her work with students in a service learning course.
The award is given to faculty members who have been with their current university for three years or less.
Brown was chosen as one of this year’s six recipients for her creative thinking and her motivational skills. Her Introduction to Nursing course is the first nursing course that uses an innovative teaching strategy, incorporating the nursing process and service learning.
Students in her course work closely with local agencies to apply the nursing process.
“I want our students to begin to think critically about the process and realize that everyone has a story; that’s important for a nurse to know,” Brown said. “Instead of a patient, I want the students to see the mom, dad, brother and sister.”
Capital Health System, Trenton, N.J.: The system honored 16 RNs in June with annual Excellence in Nursing Practice Awards for nurses exemplifying integrity, excellence, compassion and teamwork. Capital Health Regional Medical Center honorees were Peter Morris (nursing management), Donna Johnson (perioperative nursing), Colleen Price (critical care/telemetry), Beth Falkenstein (assistant nurse manager), Michelle Micalizzi (ER nursing/emergency services), Jeffrey Gusst (ambulatory services nursing), Luana Hernandez (med/surg nursing), Asha Gandem (psychiatric nursing) and Kim Nutt (clinical education/clinical nurse specialist/nursing informatics).
Capital Health-Mercer winners were Eileen Horton (Partners in Practice Award), Donna Gottschall (nursing management), Jacqueline Walsh (ambulatory service nursing), Martine Marsan (assistant nurse manager), Ann Curley (clinical education/clinical nurse specialist/nursing informatics), Kelly Hoenisch (critical care/telemetry), Cornelia Hutchison (perioperative nursing) and Kay Glover (maternal/child nursing).
Villanova University College of Nursing, Philadelphia: The College of Nursing recently honored four faculty members for 25 years of service: Professor Linda Copel, RN, PhD, FAPA; Clinical Assistant Professor Deborah Wimmer, CRNP, MSN; Assistant Professor Marycarol McGovern, RN, PhD; and Associate Professor Carol Weingarten, RN, PhD, ANEF, who was unable to attend but was represented by her daughter, Robin Weingarten, RN, MSN.
The recognition by Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor, M. Louise Fitzpatrick, RN, EdD, FAAN, who discussed the contributions of each to nursing education, students, the university and the profession, took place at the 22nd annual Mass and Alumni Awards Ceremony.
The event was April 9 in the St. Thomas of Villanova Church on the university campus and was co-sponsored by the college and its nursing alumni association.
Lourdes Health System, Camden, N.J.: Lori McKinney, RN, MSN, APN-C, CWS, and Rosemary Kates, RN, MSN, APN-C, CWOCN, presented the poster “Team Approach to Treatment of Spinal Cord Patients with Complex Wounds,” in June at the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society’s 43rd annual conference in New Orleans.
Other Lourdes poster authors included Colleen Reilly, RN, MSN, APN-C, CWS, and physician Matthew Finnegan, chief, division of general surgery.
The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, Pa.:ED RNs Cindy L. Mohn, Lauren Nikki Doganes, Chris Dimaio, Jerry Brenner, Tracee Rowley, Lisa Horton, Maria Celeste Klostik, Gina Bezler and Amanda Stilwell have achieved CEN certification.
National League for Nursing: La Salle University Associate Professor, Nursing, Diane Breckenridge, RN, PhD, and Widener University Professor Barbara J. Patterson, RN, PhD, will be among 12 nurse educators from around the country to be inducted Sept. 24 into the NLN’s 2011 class of Academy of Nursing Education Fellows.
This year’s group will bring the number of fellows to 117 since inductions began in 2007.