ALUMNI AFFADAVITS - School of Nursing - University of Virginia

ALUMNI AFFADAVITS - School of Nursing - University of Virginia

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Winter 2005–06






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Embracing What’s New, Embracing Change

“Oh, the changes we’ve seen, Oh, the places

we’ll go!” (to paraphrase Dr. Seuss.) To meet the

challenge of today’s nursing shortage and

tomorrow’s nursing crisis, we’re in the midst of

some “changed” thinking in the way we educate

nursing students.

First, we’ve stretched ourselves to

accommodate a larger enrollment,

adding eight new faculty

positions this year and

embarking on a search for

three more. This has

been the second-largest

faculty expansion in

the history of the

school. And now we

are about to expand

the school, too.

With groundbreaking

slated for April 2006,

we are in the design phase

for a second nursing education

building across the street from

McLeod Hall. The new building will

extend our physical capacity by approximately

40 percent and will incorporate the wireless

technology needed in modern educational

buildings. Our plans also call for renovating and

updating McLeod Hall, including converting

the entire third floor of McLeod into a larger

learning laboratory area and adding more stateof-the-art

simulation mannequins.

October marked the tenth anniversary of

our labs, and we are proud to be national leaders

in simulation technology curriculum

development. Technology also enables us to

offer more web-based courses as we expand our

distance- learning graduate programs to bring a

nursing career ladder to nurses in remote areas.

Our students are encouraged, and in some classes,

required to own personal digital assistants

(PDAs), or handheld computers, as this technology

moves to the bedside. PDAs and

computers allow clinicians to immediately

access up-to-the-minute and detailed drug

information, keep track of complex medical histories

and conditions, and link to web-based

research papers covering patient conditions.

Nurses can also more effectively and efficiently

provide patients with up-to-date educational


Even our school website is undergoing a

total overhaul to make it more user-friendly and

to provide more accessible information about

our educational programs, faculty, lectures and


Addressing the nursing shortage also means

grooming the next generation of nursing faculty.

Increased graduate student enrollment is critical

for developing future faculty, but also for providing

better-educated nurses and nurse

specialists at the bedside, to nurture nursing

leadership, and to provide for ongoing and

growing nursing research. Much of our recent

enrollment growth has been in the graduate


True to this school’s legacy, we are in the

vanguard of reshaping nursing education. This

fall we enrolled our first class in the pilot

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program. Of 107

applicants, we enrolled twenty-two students

who already have at least a bachelor’s degree in

another discipline. You’ll read more about the

CNL program in the spring issue of this magazine.

We are also exploring a Doctorate of

Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum that will

prepare students to be advanced clinicians,

while the traditional PhD will continue to lead

to teaching and research careers.

All these changes require fresh perspective

and a willingness to embrace change rather than

to brace for it. I’m proud to proclaim that our

faculty, staff, and students are enthusiastic and

filling their sails with the winds of change.

If you have thoughts or opinions to share, I

hope you will do so. E-mail me at

Jeanette Lancaster

Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing

and Dean

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The Virginia Legacy is published two

times a year by the University of Virginia

School of Nursing and Nursing Alumni

Association. Your comments, feedback,

and story ideas are always welcome!

Please contact the editor. Thank you for

your support.

University of Virginia School of Nursing

Alumni and Development Office

P.O. Box 800782

Charlottesville, VA 22908-0782

(434) 924-0138

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Karen Jordan Ratzlaff

Editorial Advisers

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Ikenberry, Lisa Kelley, Emily Eiwen Drake,

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Contributing Writers

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Dan Addison

The Virginia Legacy is published using

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University of Virginia School of Nursing

Established in 1901

Main Switchboard: (434) 924-2743

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Jeanette Lancaster, RN, PhD, FAAN

Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of

Nursing and Dean


4Worth Noting

News from the School of Nursing


From the Boardroom

News from the Nursing Alumni Association


Technology’s “Touch”

Nursing Is Now Also a High-Tech

Career Choice


Alumni Affadavits:

How Some U.Va. Nurses Practice


Alumni in Action

Grateful to Mentors, New Nurse

Seeks to Serve


20 When Katrina Blew In

22 Philanthropy

24 Events in Review

26 Class Notes and News

Back Cover Calendar

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Oncology Research Initiatives

In the strategic planning work done by U.Va.

faculty in recent years, the School of Nursing

identified oncology as one area where investments

would be made to grow viable and

productive research and education programs,

especially in light of the disease demographics

and given the existing strengths for

this important field at U.Va.

Recent select achievements show the

range of work conducted by faculty in


Patricia Hollen, the Malvina Yuille Boyd

Professor of Oncology Nursing, recently

received a $455,000 grant from the NINR for a

two-year study on “A Decision-Making Aid for

Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer.” That is

just one of many grants she has received for

cancer treatment.

In the Rural Health Care Research Center,

Bonnie Jerome D’Emilia is leading a pilot

study called “Mammography Screening in

Rural African-American Populations.”

Drs. Barbara Parker, Rick Steeves, and

Kathryn Laughon are conducting a study

called the “Breast Cancer Survivor Study.” Their

focus is on women in abusive relationships

who are diagnosed with breast cancer as they

examine the intertwined effects of one issue

upon the other.

Jeanne Erickson, a clinical instructor who

is working on her doctorate in oncology at

the University of Utah, is involved in a study

called MoST (a Month of Symptoms in Teens)

to learn more about symptoms of fatigue and

sleep disturbances in teenagers receiving


Assistant Professor Susan Kennel has a

small grant subcontracted from the National

Cancer Institute to study “Cranial Stimulation

for Chemotherapy Symptoms in Breast


Faculty Achievements


Suzanne Burns (BSN ’85, MSN ’88, FNP

’96) was inducted as a fellow of the

American Academy of Nurse

Practitioners (AANP). The fellows of the

AANP are a distinct group of nurse practitioner

leaders who have contributed to

health care through clinical practice,

research, education, or policy.

Burns, associate professor of nursing

and Clinician 5 in the medical center, is

an expert in critical care and the care of

patients with pulmonary diseases. She is

known for her work in the area of

mechanical ventilation and weaning and

she has published and lectured widely on

those and other related topics.

Dorothy Tullmann was a scholar in the

2005 Geriatric Nursing Research

Scholars Program funded by the John

A. Hartford Foundation Institute for

Geriatric Nursing, part of the New

York University Division of Nursing.

Selected for both her significant

research in gerontologic nursing and for

her strong leadership potential, she is

one of eleven nurses selected from a

national pool of outstanding candidates.

Professor Mikel Gray was appointed editorin-chief

for the Journal of Wound, Ostomy

and Continence Nursing. He has also been

appointed to the Scope and Severity

Panel for Urinary Incontinence for the

Center for Medicare and Medicaid


At the 2005 conference of the International

Society of Psychiatric Nurses,

Associate Professor Catherine Kane received

the prestigious Melva Jo Hendrix

Lectureship Award. The award was established

to “recognize psychiatric-mental

health nurses whose careers exemplify

Dr. Hendrix’s values and principles, her

unswerving commitment to improving

care for the underserved, stigmatized, or

disenfranchised, and her dedication to

mentoring others.”

On June 9,

2005, the

Board of


named three

School of

Nursing professors







Arlene Keeling now holds the Centennial

Distinguished Professorship; Beth Merwin,

associate dean for research, now holds the

Madge M. Jones Professorship; and

Professor Barbara Parker, director of the

doctoral program, now holds the Theresa

A. Thomas Professorship.

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Nursing Ventures

University health care systems are often challenged by limited resources and

have to find new ways to accomplish their missions and utilize resources to

maximize outcomes. Entrepreneurial strategies are recognized as promoting

flexibility and the potential for creative solutions to meet the challenges.

Entrepreneurship within a university health system must be guided by a business

plan and be accompanied by a capacity for research and analysis. With those

premises in mind, U.Va. Medical Center CEO Ed Howell funded a partnership

between the School of Nursing and Health System Nursing to explore ways of

generating new income to the benefit of both systems.

Left to right: CEO Ed Howell, Dean Jeanette Lancaster, and Chief Clinical Officer Pam Cipriano

The result is Nursing Ventures, a joint effort to promote entrepreneurial efforts.

Dean Jeanette Lancaster and Chief Clinical Officer Pam Cipriano oversee this new

enterprise, which received an initial investment of $250,000.

Associate Professor Catherine Kane is the administrator of Nursing Ventures.

The enterprise is guided by an advisory board made up of the following health care

and business professionals: Nancy Artis, David Fife, David Hudson, Pace Lochte,

Lynn Dixon Palmer, Tim Redden, Mark Reisler, and Kathryn Carr.

The goal of Nursing Ventures is to help nurses and health care professionals develop

entrepreneurial skills and get new products into the competitive marketplace. The

innovative model has two components: the Entrepreneurial Resource Center (Director:

Kane) and the Health Care Product Evaluation Center (Director: Deb Conway).

The Entrepreneurial Resource Center provides guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs

and connects them with product development ideas and resources that can

help bring their ideas to the marketplace. Nursing Ventures collaborates with the

U.Va. School of Engineering, the Darden School, and the School of Medicine

Department of Biomedical Engineering (Biomed). Three products are in various

levels of development through the Biomed Capstone Course directed by Assistant

Professor Shayn Cottler-Pierce.

The Health Care Product Evaluation Center is developing its capacity to provide

analyses of existing or developing health care products. Those analyses, usually conducted

by nurse clinicians from the U.Va. Health System, provide companies with

information about how to improve their products for the health care marketplace.

Nursing Ventures is particularly interested in hearing about the experiences of nurses who

have been involved in entrepreneurial efforts, such as starting a business, developing a

health care product, and/or marketing a health care product. If you have an experience to

share, please call or write Catherine Kane at (434) 924-0100, e-mail

History Center Expands


On September 28, 2005 the Center for

Nursing Historical Inquiry (CNHI) acquired the

archival collection of the Emergency Nurses

Association (ENA), a national organization

whose purpose has evolved over time and

now serves as the authoritative voice for

emergency nursing, and is also involved in

advocating and lobbying. The ENA tracks its

origins back to the late 1960s. The ENA has

more than 28,000 members and continues to

grow, representing more than 20 nations

around the world.

The archives are available for scholarly

study through the CNHI. Contact CNHI staff at

(434) 924-0083.

ENA President Patricia Howard and Arlene Keeling,

director of the CNHI, make the transfer official.

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Student Nurses Promoting

Cardiac Science

Student Nurses Association of Virginia

(SNAV), the U.Va. chapter of the Virginia

Nurses Association, has begun a useful and

lucrative venture designed to get

Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in

the hands of businesses throughout the

Commonwealth, while generating a

moderate income for the chapter. As a nonstocking

distributor of the AED, the chapter

makes a small profit on each that covers

training for the purchasing company’s

employees while giving student nurses

hands-on health education experiences.

The first AED was sold to the Virginia

Auto Dealers Association, who will also help

SNAV market this opportunity to the 500

auto dealerships in Virginia.

Are you affiliated with an organization

that needs an AED and training in its use?

For more information, contact Carol Lynn

Maxwell-Thompson, faculty advisor, at (434)

924-0107 or by e-mail at

New Nursing Program to Benefit Southside and

Southwest Virginia Nurses and Residents

At a press conference held June 29, 2005, at the Institute for Advanced

Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville, the Virginia Tobacco

Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission announced a

grant award of $248,828 to create a regional program in Southside and Southwest

Virginia for advanced nursing education.

The co-operative program, provided by the U.Va. School of Nursing and

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, will improve health care for

the citizens of the region while also providing a career ladder for registered nurses

who can develop more specialized clinical skills, qualify as nurse managers and

leaders, and become nursing faculty.

Senator Frank Ruff, Chairman of the Tobacco Commission’s Education

Committee, was on hand with Commissioner Edward Owens to present the award.

“The Virginia Tobacco Commission is committed to enhancing the educational

opportunities in Southside and Southwest Virginia. This program will open doors for

our citizens wishing to pursue a career in nursing,” stated Senator Ruff. “Our communities

need well trained medical professionals and this project is an excellent

means of meeting that need.”

Working closely with community colleges, nursing diploma programs, and baccalaureate

programs in the area, VCU will provide the next step up the career ladder.

Next, nurses can enroll in U.Va.’s online nursing master’s programs in

Community/Public Health Leadership and Health Systems Management.

Doctors of Nursing

The faculty at the U.Va. School of Nursing is

among the best in the nation,

and the school supports its efforts to grow

professionally and academically.

Within the past year, five faculty members—Kathryn

Henley Haugh, Kathryn

Ballenger Reid, Susan Kennel, Rebecca

Harmon, and Emily Eiwen Drake—

completed their doctoral degrees at U.Va. or

Virginia Commonwealth University. Several

more members of the faculty are working

on doctorates, including Jeanne Erickson,

John Kirchgessner, and Linda Eastham.

“Considering how much they invest of

themselves as teachers and clinicians,” said

Dean Jeanette Lancaster, “I’m pleased and

impressed that all of these colleagues have

made it a priority to earn their PhD.”

Virginia Senator Frank Ruff, Dean Lancaster, VCU Dean Nancy Langston.

“The Virginia Tobacco

Commission is committed

to enhancing the

educational opportunities

in Southside and

Southwest Virginia. This

program will open

doors for our citizens

wishing to pursue a

career in nursing,”

The web-based program makes it possible for working nurses to complete their

studies in a flexible schedule, and complements U.Va.’s vigorous nursing research

program in rural health care.

Funds for the first year of the program will be used to hire site coordinators in

Southside and Southwest Virginia, cover faculty costs, distance learning technicians

and equipment, travel for recruitment and instruction, and scholarships.

For more information about this new program, contact Clay Hysell in the U.Va.

Office of Admissions and Student Services, (434) 924-0141 or

Visit the Tobacco Commission’s website for information on

the Commission’s history, mission, funding programs and past awards.


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Nurse Residency Program

In response to the high turnover of nurses in their first year of employment

after graduation, nurse residency programs have been developed nationwide to

improve competency and job satisfaction.

Center front:

Kristi Kimpel

(BSN ‘99, MSN ‘05),

resident facilitator

of the Surgical

Trauma ICU, and

new graduates.

Sponsored by the University Health System Consortium

(UHC) and the American Associations of Colleges of

Nursing (AACN), the U.Va. Medical Center has partnered with the School of

Nursing to implement a one-year Nurse Residency program for recent BSN-level

graduates. Kathryn Reid (School of Nursing) and Karen Fankhauser (Medical

Center) are administering the UHC curriculum taught by School of Nursing

faculty and advanced practice clinicians in the medical center.

The program focuses on: development of effective decision-making skills

related to clinical judgment and performance, providing clinical nursing leadership

at the point of care, strengthened commitment to nursing as a professional

career choice, formulation of an Individual Development Plan relating to a new

clinical role, and incorporation of research-based evidence linked to practice outcomes.

The nurse is hired into a full-time position and continues working in the

same clinical area.

U.Va. is one of 29 programs working with the consortium to provide a standardized

transition into nursing. Twenty-five 2005 School of Nursing graduates

are participating.


Subscribe to Charts & Paths, the School of Nursing’s electronic

newsletter. Details at

Faculty Transitions in 2005

Doris Greiner

stepped down as

associate dean of

the School of

Nursing, after serving

ably in the role

for the past ten

years. We are grateful

for her loyal and

dedicated service. She remains on faculty, but

took educational leave for the fall semester.

Associate Professor Sarah Farrell now serves as

interim associate dean for academic programs

while a national search is under way.

Marianne Baernholdt joined the school as assistant

professor but is currently on educational

leave while she completes her post-doctoral fellowship.

She will specialize in Health Systems


Amy Boitnott joined the school as an instructor

of nursing.

Cathy Campbell is now on faculty as assistant

professor, joining the Acute and Specialty Care

of Adults (ASCA) department.

Kathleen Cox was named assistant professor, and

joins the Family, Community, and Mental Health

Systems (FCMHS) department, specializing in

Health Systems Management.

Elizabeth Erwin (PhD ’02) joined the faculty as

assistant professor in the FCMHS department.

Randy Jones (BSN ‘00, MSN ’02, PhD ’05) is now

an assistant professor in the ASCA department.

Elizabeth Taliaferro-Jones (MSN ’98) was hired as

an instructor of nursing.

Ishan Williams was hired as a research assistant


In addition to these full-time faculty hires,

L. Hope Lally (BSN ’01, MSN ’05) and Constance

Palmer (BSN ’75, MSN ’05) are new single-course

faculty. Five advanced practice nurses were hired

as Clinician Educators to teach clinicals.

These hires represent the second largest

expansion of the faculty in the school’s history.

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Alumni Awardees

At Reunions 2005 the Nursing Alumni Association

proudly recognized three of its members, who earned

special recognition for their achievements.

Distinguished Alumna Award 2005

Jo Anne Powell, BSN 1964

Jo Anne Powell was a mentor and leader

who taught nurses and nursing students

how to protect the practice of nursing.

A lifelong member of the American

Nurses Association (ANA) and Alpha Eta

Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, she held

numerous elected and appointed volunteer

positions in nursing organizations at

the state and local level. Powell was

instrumental in helping to establish

ANA\C, the California constituent to the

ANA. She was involved in implementing

the regulations that allowed advanced

practice nurses to work in expanded roles

in California.

She provided a steady voice of reassurance

and possibility, working tirelessly

and collegially in all endeavors. Powell

encouraged the best from individuals and

from nursing, even during uncertain and

difficult times, and always maintained a

vision for the future.

Her vision created the Golden State

Nursing Foundation in 1994; she served

as its president for more than ten years,

enabling many nurses to benefit from its

scholarships. She was the beloved parliamentarian

for the California Nursing

Students’ Association for 20 years.

To quote from the nomination submitted

by her friend and U.Va. nursing

faculty member Theresa Drought, “Jo

Anne was the type of person who would

make someone new to activism feel like

it was where they belonged. She generously

shared her knowledge of how

things worked and treated all nurses as


Sadly, Jo Anne died in January 2005.

Her work will survive her and her influence

on other nurses will live on.

Alumni Volunteer Award 2005

Cindi Colyer Allen, BSN 1975

Professionally, Cindi Allen has worked in

numerous positions over the years (most

passionately in pediatric critical care), but

she says her position as a recruitment/

retention coordinator has so far been the

highlight of her career.

Allen was honored, however, for her

many volunteer activities, including those

within her church, schools, her children’s

colleges, her neighborhood, the Beta

Kappa chapter of Sigma Theta Tau,

International and, fortunately for the

School of Nursing and its alumni, the

Nursing Alumni Association. She has

served the Nursing Alumni Association

in various capacities since 1989, and currently

serves as president of the Alumni

Council. In those roles she says she has

enjoyed meeting alumni from “all walks

of life.”

Her advice to future volunteers?

“Just do it. If you are waiting until you

have an abundance of free time, that day

may never come, so just lend a helping


Young Alumni Award 2005

Marisa Kozlowski, BSN 1999

Since graduating, Marisa Kozlowski has

worked as a clinical research nurse in

pediatric oncology at NIH, and is currently

pursuing a career in biotechnology.

But it was her love of the University and

service to humanity that brought

Kozlowski to the attention of the

Nursing Alumni Association.

With fond memories of her time at

U.Va., Kozlowski wanted to ensure that

every student who entered the School of

Nursing had the same opportunities or

more than she did. Feeling that the nursing

school was often overlooked, she saw

the opportunity to change that by serving

on the University’s Young Alumni

Council. In that organization, she has

served as committee chair, vice president,

and president.

Kozlowski is also a member of the

Virginia Hospital Center Medical

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Save the Date for Reunions 2006

Brigade, where she is director of participant

logistics and the director of the

pharmacy. Her trips to Honduras have

been among the most rewarding, she

said, and she reflected, “My parents

always taught me to appreciate what I

have and how important it is to give

back. I have been very blessed and feel it

is my obligation to give to those who are

less fortunate.”

Don’t forget! You can recognize your classmates

and friends by nominating them for

one of these three alumni awards.

Guidelines and a nomination form are available


The deadline is April 1.


Let the Nursing Alumni

Association staff and officers

know your thoughts.

Are we representing you well? Do

you want to give us feedback on

events and programs created to

reach you?


The survey only takes ten minutes

to complete.

Thomas Jefferson Society

From Monday, May 15, through Wednesday, May 17, the Diploma

and BSN Classes of 1956 will join the University’s Thomas Jefferson

Society—celebrating and recognizing alumni on the 50th anniversary

of their graduation. The School of Nursing will host a luncheon for

alumni from 1956 and earlier on May 17. Information is on the web at

June Reunions

From Friday, June 2,

through Sunday,

June 4, the Classes of

1961, ’66, ’71, ’76, ’81,

’86, ’91, ’96, and ’01

will celebrate their

Reunions. Planning is

well under way, but you

can still get involved.

Information is on the

web at

Questions? Contact Karen Ratzlaff at the School of Nursing by phone at

(434) 924-0138 or by e-mail at

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Faculty Awardees

The Nursing Alumni Association announced honors for three of the

school’s faculty in October 2005. Winners of the awards receive a

modest stipend to support their professional development, funded

with proceeds from the Centennial Teaching Award endowment.

Left to right:

Cheryl Bourguignon, Rebecca Harmon and Arlene Keeling

Distinguished Professor Award 2005

Cheryl Bourguignon, PhD, RN

Dr. Cheryl Bourguignon was recognized

for her many exceptional contributions

in education, scholarship, and research.

She teaches introduction and advanced

statistics at the doctoral level. A student

recommending Bourguignon for this

award said, “Many of those, myself

included, who entered the statistics

courses skeptically convinced that it was

a topic to be merely endured, left the

courses with intense interest in statistics

and a desire to learn even more.”

Commenting on her mentoring skills,

the same student noted, “Those who are

able to teach effectively possess a gift,

but those who are able to facilitate the

professional growth and independence

of students are extraordinary.”

A key faculty member in the Center

for the Study of Complementary and

Alternative Therapies (CSCAT),

Bourguignon conducts her NIH-funded

research to evaluate an alternative therapy

to reduce rheumatoid arthritis pain.

Excellence in Teaching Award 2005

Rebecca Harmon, PhD, RN, CS

Dr. Rebecca Harmon has been described

as “an asset not only to the University of

Virginia’s School of Nursing, but as a

role model for excellence in nursing and

education as a whole.” A colleague

describes her as a “true pioneer for the

specialty of psychiatric nursing, beginning

when she published her work on

the psychoeducation approach to working

with individuals with serious mental


Harmon’s specialty is in researching

and teaching nursing care for people who

are severely mentally ill. As a consultant

to Western State Hospital, she advises on

difficult cases and develops continuing

education opportunities for the WSH

nursing staff. Her class in psychiatric

mental health nursing is particularly

challenging, but students consistently

praise her ability to hold them to a high

standard of performance while providing

a supportive learning experience with

both her caring warmth and her sense of


Faculty Leadership Award 2005

Arlene Keeling, PhD, RN

Dr. Arlene Keeling’s leadership ability is

credited with helping to make two of

the school’s programs nationally recognized.

For more than nine years she

has directed the Acute Care Nurse

Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist

program, now ranked 5th in U.S. News

& World Report. After serving as associate

director from 1992–2004, she

became director of the school’s Center

for Nursing Historical Inquiry, a jewel

for health care historians.

Her colleagues and students cite her

mentorship and her tireless efforts to

strengthen relationships between the

school and the medical center. Keeling

is an active researcher who is widely

published and who has delivered presentations

nationally and internationally.

She was recently appointed by the BOV

to the endowed Centennial

Distinguished Professorship in Nursing.

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Teaching Awards 2005

‘Hoos Coming to Dinner • September 21, 2006

Alumni Council Transitions

Host a dinner.

Make new friends.

Reconnect with the U.Va. School of Nursing.

Alumni in Charlottesville, Richmond, Atlanta, and the northern

Virginia area should watch their mailbox in the coming months for

more information about this new alumni program’s pilot year.

Or visit

The Nursing Alumni

Association announces

that Cindi Colyer

Allen (BSN’70) of

Richmond, Virginia,

was elected to a

second term as president

during the annual

meeting of the association in June 2005.

The Council is currently recruiting

volunteers for six positions to begin

July 1, 2006. If you’re interested in helping

to determine the future direction and

work of the Nursing Alumni Association,

e-mail or call

Karen Ratzlaff at (434) 924-0084. We’d

love to find a role for you!

Student Research

Awards 2005

For several years, using proceeds from

the Nursing Annual Fund, the Nursing

Alumni Association has funded summer

research internships for undergraduate

students. In 2005, two students were

mentored by a faculty researcher during

the summer months to pursue the following


k Elizabeth Talley, BSN ’06 –

“Emersion into the Professional

Nursing World,” mentored by

Audrey Snyder.

k Rachel Brown, BSN 2006 – “Use of

Complementary and Alternative

Health Care Practices Among the

Patient Population Served by the

Remote Area Medicine Clinic,”

mentored by Audrey Snyder.

The School of Nursing Alumni Association

recognized six faculty members with grants

totaling $10,000 as seed money for innovative

programs. The 2005 Innovative Teaching Awards

range from a fresh way to teach infant and child

development in a community service context to

helping to prevent dementia in older adults.

They weave two important nursing issues

(geriatrics and substance abuse) into the

school’s curriculum, document the educational

value of international studies, and provide

special mentoring to new clinical faculty.

These Innovative Teaching Awards are

made possible through the generosity of alumni

and friends to the Nursing Annual Fund. The

Alumni Association funds these awards to stimulate

creative nursing education and to support

projects or course development activities that

promote excellent, innovative, and cost-effective

teaching methods.

k Instructor Vickie Southall won funding for

“The Baby Book: A Tool for Teaching and


k Reba Moyer Childress, assistant professor

and director of the Laboratory for Clinical

Learning, successfully proposed “Study

Abroad Programs: Where Do We Stand?”

k Assistant Professor Rebecca Harmon and

Assistant Professor Anita Thompson-

Heisterman secured funding for “The

Substance Abusing Individual: Recognition

and Intervention.”

k Assistant Professor Kathy Haugh won funding

for “Integration of Older Adult Content

into the Undergraduate Curriculum through

a Case Study Approach.”

k Assistant Professor Anita Thompson-

Heisterman and MSN graduate student

Martha Meyong Hager submitted a successful

proposal for “Preventing Cognitive and

Mental Health Decline in Community

Dwelling Older Adults Through Social


k Instructor Gina DeGennaro, Instructor Sarah

Delgado, Assistant Professor Kathy Haugh,

and Assistant Professor Kathryn Reid, jointly

proposed “Investing in Students by

Investing in Single-Course Faculty: An

Orientation and Mentoring Workshop.”

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Nursing, long perceived as a

high-touch profession, is now also

a high-tech career choice.

“There’s no way to get around it: you need to know the tools, and

new ones are coming in right and left,” says Carol Bickford, a senior

policy fellow at the American Nurses Association, in an interview for

the career website.

The U.Va. School of Nursing is a leader in preparing students

for technology-based careers. “We’re one of the University’s ‘early

adapters’ of technology,” said Sarah Farrell, interim associate dean

for academic programs and chief technology officer. “Not only do

we use a variety of instructional methods to reach our students, but

we also introduce them to tools they will need to be effective

nurses and researchers.”


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McLeod Hall is wireless—laptop computers work everywhere within its walls, facilitating

access to e-mail and the Internet, as well as interactive learning tools such as Blackboard.

Nursing faculty members incorporate technology into their

instruction. Tina Brashers, MD, professor of nursing and clinical

attending physician in internal medicine, uses innovative

teaching methods to teach pathophysiology. “The subject

lends itself to visual aids, and I use quite a few: animation, histology

slides, chest X-rays, and algorithms,” says Brashers, who

has won several awards for her creative instructional techniques.

“I’ve also created a sophisticated online study guide for

my students.”

Thanks to Brashers and her faculty colleagues, all School

of Nursing students are immersed in technology. McLeod Hall

is now wireless—laptop computers work everywhere within its

walls, facilitating access to e-mail and the Internet, as well as

interactive learning tools

such as Blackboard. For

more than five years all

master’s students enrolled

in the nurse practitioner

and clinical specialist programs

have been required

to carry handheld computers,

or PDAs (personal

digital assistants) containing


information. The new

Clinical Nurse Leader

program also requires students

and preceptors to

keep PDAs at hand.

“Making these information

resources readily

available increases efficient learning and effective patient care,”

Farrell says.

Many students who live far from Charlottesville take

advantage of the school’s graduate programs, says Bonnie

Jerome D’Emilia, assistant professor of nursing and

coordinator of distance learning and health systems management.

“One-third of our master’s students are enrolled in our

distance learning program.”

Launched three years ago with a $700,000 federal grant,

distance learning has proven attractive to working nurses and

those with family responsibilities, as well as others for whom

commuting to Charlottesville is difficult. “Students have

plenty of opportunities to interact,” says Farrell. “Judging from

the quality of their online discussions, these adult learners gain

as much from a distance learning course as they do from one

offered on-Grounds.”

Technology-savvy faculty members have begun to incorporate

technology into their research. In a pilot study through

the school’s Rural Health Care Research Center (RHCRC),

Hyekyun Rhee, is using technology to help rural adolescents

with asthma make quality decisions to avoid risky behaviors

such as smoking. “We’re hoping that teenagers will be more

likely to benefit from educational, interactive CD-ROMs and

improve their decision making,” says Rhee, the study’s principal


In another RHCRC pilot study, D’Emilia is using videoconferencing

and web-based instruction to educate nurses who

work in rural health care

clinics that serve a lowincome,

female, and

African-American population.

“These women are

much less likely to receive

mammography screening,”

she says. “By

providing their nurses the

latest information on

mammography and breast

cancer, we hope to see an

increase in early diagnosis

and treatment.”

Farther afield, the

school is collaborating

with South Africa’s

University of Venda,

which offers its students four years of community-based education.

“We stay in contact using videoconferencing,

Blackberries, and the like,” says Farrell. “We can learn a lot

from Venda’s educational model.”

Looking ahead, the School of Nursing is taking steps to

institutionalize technology within and beyond the classroom.

With the addition of a new, state-of-the-art educational building

and a renovated McLeod Hall—featuring an expanded

Clinical Simulation Learning Center in which students will be

able to practice clinical skills using computerized patients—the

future is bright.

“Our mission is clear,” Farrell says. “We are committed to

educating nurses who are the best-prepared in the work force.”

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U.Va. nurses have found

many ways, beyond providing

direct care, to help

patients and to make life

better for their colleagues

in the field. Take, for example the following

three alumnae. They began their careers as

practicing nurses more than twenty years ago, but

decided to use their education and experience to find

success practicing law or influencing public policy. Here

are their stories.


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Advocate in the Courtroom

“My knowledge of the

human body and the

human psyche serve me

well. I’m helping people

as a nurse and a lawyer.”

Jayne Gosnell Helm

Jayne Gosnell Helm (BSN ’64) never set out to

become a lawyer. She didn’t embark on a legal career

until she was already an experienced nurse and

educator—and after she had married, divorced, and

was rearing two teenagers.

“This career is not something I planned for in any way,” says

Helm, whose solo practice in Mount Pleasant, South

Carolina, focuses on elder and probate law. “But nursing and

law have a lot in common. Both require you to make a lot of

important decisions on behalf of others.”

As a high school student in New Jersey, Helm seemed

destined to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunt,

who were both nurses. But she wasn’t interested in just any

nursing school. “U.Va. had one of the country’s best undergraduate

nursing programs,” she says. “It was the only place I


Since the University was still a decade away from admitting

undergraduate women, Helm spent her first two years at

Mary Washington College. She completed her clinical work in

Charlottesville, where she was required to work in the

University Hospital. “Thanks to my great clinical experience,

I was comfortable walking into a job as a bedside nurse in a

New York City hospital right after graduation.”

After two years as a staff nurse Helm was recruited by acting

dean Zula Mae Baber Bice to return to the School of

Nursing as a faculty member. It proved a good match. Helm

enjoyed teaching so much that she entered Emory University

to earn her MSN degree. While her husband completed his

medical training, she continued teaching—first at U.Va., next

at Columbia University, and once again at her alma mater,

where she was an associate professor.

In addition to a fulfilling career, Helm wanted children.

She and her husband had a son and a daughter—and she

stayed home with them for ten years before returning to work

as a staff nurse in Columbia, South Carolina, and a nursing

instructor at the University of South Carolina.

After her divorce she began to seek new challenges. A

lawyer friend suggested that she consider law school. “He told

me that my nursing background would be useful, but I

couldn’t see how at first,” she says.

It turns out her friend was right. Armed with her JD

from the University of South Carolina, Helm has become an

elder law attorney. In this role, she establishes wills, powers of

attorney, guardianships, and conservatorships for her clients.

She recently served two years as an associate judge in her

county’s Probate Court. “My knowledge of the human body

and the human psyche serve me well,” she says. “I’m helping

people as a nurse and a lawyer.”

Although the law may be Helm’s niche, the School of

Nursing is never far from her heart. Six years ago the former

senior class president and her new husband, Michael, came to

Charlottesville on their honeymoon. But sightseeing was not

the only thing on the bride’s agenda: she was helping to

organize a reunion for her nursing school classmates. Helm

made another trip to Charlottesville in October 2005 to participate

in the second Nursing Leadership Forum, sharing her

life experiences with today’s students.

A Niche in Public Policy

Debra Hardy Havens (FNP ’79) thought she would

work on Capitol Hill for only six months—just long

enough to pay some bills after completing her FNP at

the School of Nursing. She had already worked part

time as a clerk for Congressman George M. O’Brien

(R-Ill.) while gaining some of the clinical experience

required by her graduate program at nearby Fort


“As a trauma nurse I had been working nights and holidays,

so by comparison, this job seemed like it would be calm and

predictable. I figured I would be working regular business

hours,” says Havens with a chuckle. “My näiveté had become

a standing joke in the office.”

Colleagues laugh because Havens, a self-described fan of

policy and politics, replaced the hospital’s excitement with the

exhilaration of life on the Hill. After working in the congressman’s

office for six years, she and a partner started Capitol

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“The nurse practitioner profession

was new at the time, and we knew

that gaining acceptance among

other health care providers was not

going to be easy. We were taught to

be leaders and to stand up for our


Debra Hardy Havens

Associates, Inc., a bipartisan lobbying, government relations,

and public relations firm that specializes in helping clients

achieve their goals related to health care issues.

That is far from the career path the Chicago native envisioned

as she pursued a dual major in nursing and pre-med

studies at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Havens

planned to work as a nurse to pay her way through medical

school at the University of Chicago. But as a just-graduated

RN and head nurse in a trauma department, she found that

medical school became a less attractive option. “FNP programs

were new at the time,” she says. “In searching for one

that had a good reputation and flexibility, I discovered the

University of Virginia.”

She was not disappointed. “The program was cuttingedge,

the faculty members were wonderful, and the students

formed a really close-knit group,” she says.

Although she never practiced nursing with her hardearned

credential, Havens believes she learned something from

U.Va. that has been useful ever since. “The nurse practitioner

profession was new at the time, and we knew that gaining

acceptance among other health care providers was not going

to be easy,” she says. “We were taught to be leaders and to

stand up for our beliefs.”

Her leadership skills have helped Capitol Associates

achieve many noteworthy accomplishments over the years. To

name a few, Havens and her colleagues successfully promoted

support for Medicare reimbursement for certified registered

nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners. They also successfully

promoted the establishment of the National Institute for

Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health and the

Center for Medical Rehabilitation and Research at the

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Havens also has a life beyond the Beltway. She and her

husband, Arnie, with three children, have found time to stay

connected with the School of Nursing. She talks regularly

with Dean Jeanette Lancaster and some of her former teachers.

“We continue to stay in touch,” Havens says. “They are

an important part of the reason I believe in giving back.”

Pursuing her Passions

As a teenager in Nelson County, Virginia, Carolyn

Lavecchia (BSN ’70) was passionate about the law,

health care, and the University of Virginia. But she

believed that she could never pursue two of her three

interests. After all, few women attended law school at

the time, and most of U.Va. was not yet open to female


Nursing, however, was a distinct possibility. Although she

knew she would have to start her nursing degree elsewhere,

Lavecchia wanted to complete her education, including the

clinical component, at the University.

“I knew it would be an honor to get accepted into such a

challenging program, but it became my goal,” says Lavecchia,

whose singular focus over the years has enabled her to satisfy

all three of her youthful passions. After graduating from

Ferrum College and U.Va., earning her MSN, and working as

a nurse and a nurse educator for twelve years, she was finally

able to attend law school. Today she practices law in


Looking back on her years in the School of Nursing,

Lavecchia says the experience exceeded her already-high

expectations. She remembers instructors such as Ruth Moran.

“She was such a good teacher that I believe I could still do a

wet-to-dry dressing today as efficiently as I did when she was

standing at my elbow.”

“Most people who believe they or a

family member are victims of medical

malpractice just need somebody

who can explain what happened

and how to apply the appropriate

laws. As a nurse and a lawyer, I am

uniquely qualified to do that.”

Carolyn Lavecchia

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After graduation Lavecchia worked

in Virginia and Tennessee as a staff and

head nurse, a public health nurse, a

coordinator, and nurse practitioner. She

also taught, first in the community

family nursing graduate program at the

University of Tennessee, and later, as

co-director of the family nurse practitioner

program at Virginia

Commonwealth University’s Medical

College of Virginia. When it came time

to consider her next move—a doctorate

in nursing or a JD degree—she decided

to follow her childhood dream. She

graduated from the University of

Richmond law school in 1985.

These days Lavecchia puts her

nursing experience to work representing

victims of elder abuse and medical

malpractice as head of the elder abuse

law team in the law firm of Williamson

& Lavecchia, LC. She also represents

health care providers accused of impropriety

before health regulatory boards.

A leader in numerous bar organizations,

she received the Richmond

Women’s Bar Association’s Women of

Achievement Award in 2002.

To her surprise she enjoys litigating,

although she spends more time

counseling clients on the merits of the

cases they bring before her. “Most people

who believe they or a family

member are victims of medical malpractice

just need somebody who can

explain what happened and how to

apply the appropriate laws,” she says.

“As a nurse and a lawyer, I am uniquely

qualified to do that.”

Lavecchia, who participated in the

2004 Nursing Leadership Forum,

attributes much of her career success to

the School of Nursing. “I got my drive

for excellence from U.Va.,” she says. “I

knew from the beginning that a lot was

expected of me. After excelling as a

nursing student, I realized I could succeed

in any pursuit I chose.”

A number of other nursing alumni have gone on to use their

nursing training as a successful foundation for work in some aspect

of the legal profession. Here are a few:

Erin C. Truban

BSN 2000

Attorney, Carter & Coleman

Linda J. Groves

BSN 1977 and MSN and Adult NP 1980

Attorney/Senior Partner, Bingham McCutchen, LLP

“My practice is not health care-related, but my ability to

negotiate with a range of personalities and professionals, to

deal with crises and manage transaction and people, is

derived from my nursing education and practice.”

“The focus of my litigation practice is defense of the long-term care industry… I am

so proud of all the nurses who continue to work their long shifts, and care for the

“impossible” patients, all the while being monumentally underappreciated. I am so

grateful to the School of Nursing for having started the fire that still roars in me and

which keeps me fighting for nurses every day.”

Wendy Wolf

MSN/PNP 1978

Attorney, Lashly & Baer, P.C.

“I now defend hospitals, physicians, nurses, pharmaceutical

companies, and other health care providers in medical malpractice

cases. I also represent nurses in licensure matters and

in state board investigations. … My formal education and

practical nursing experience taught me to assert myself, to be an advocate, to be a

careful observer, to analyze data and information, and to be a thoughtful and effective

communicator, which are all essential skills in lawyering and in life!”

Garland Locks Bigley

Diploma 1967

Chief Judge, 11th Judicial District of Virginia,

General District Courts, Supreme Court of Virginia

Elected by the Legislature in 2001

"I draw on my nursing education every week on the bench,

finding especially helpful my understanding of psychological

(mental health) issues, as well as myriad health/medical issues that arise in testimony

(e.g., injuries and illnesses; treatment and medication use; wound descriptions; and

drug use issues)."

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Grateful to Mentors, New Nurse Seeks to Serve

Lan-Anh Thi Phan

BSN Class of 2005

“In the nursing

field, I play the

role of not just a

care provider,

but also as an

educator and a


because I get to

interact with a

diverse group of


In 1995, Lan-Anh Thi Phan and her

family left a rural farming village outside

Saigon that had been home for all of her

nearly thirteen years and boarded an airplane.Twenty

hours later, she looked out

the window and there was New York

City at night. After another short flight,

she arrived in Washington, where she

first experienced snow.

“That was the most freezing cold I

have ever been,” she said.

On May 22, 2005, Anh, then 22,

walked down Thomas Jefferson’s hallowed

Lawn and graduated from the

University of Virginia with a degree in

nursing. She carried upon her slender

shoulders the hope of her family and an

entire refugee community, having overcome

a language barrier, the tragic death

of her father three years ago, and an illness

of her own, brought on in part by a

sometimes crushing sense of responsibility.

Throughout her journey, the words

of her father have echoed in her mind:

Education is the key to survival, no matter

who you are in this country.

“Her strengths are her ability to

overcome adversity, to always look for

opportunity and not be discouraged,”

said her adviser, nursing professor Emily

Drake. “She will not be discouraged.”

Anh credits a series of people with

guiding her transition from a wide-eyed

immigrant to a self-assured college graduate.

“There was always somebody

supporting me,” she said.

The first was her father, Hoanh Huu

Phan. A lieutenant in the South

Vietnamese Army, he had a chance to

escape during the fall of Saigon in 1975,

but turned back to stay with his wife.

His loyalty cost him eight years in a reeducation

camp; he and his family then

spent ten years awaiting papers to allow

them to leave for the United States.

Anh remembers her father carrying

her the three miles to her Vietnamese

school on his bicycle, and listening to his

voice as he read to his children at night.

It was he who urged her to follow

her passion into nursing, though her

mother suggested she try business

instead. “If you do what you like, money

will come to you,” he told her.

Hoanh Huu Phan died tragically in

an automobile accident in Washington

during Anh’s second year at U.Va. Anh

was torn between continuing her studies

and the obligation she felt to help her

mother and younger brother. Her father

was the family’s guide in the United

States. With him gone, Anh took on

more responsibility.

“I have always been the second

mother to my younger brother, Minh,”

she said. “But suddenly I became the

father and the emotional support for my

mom, and the personal representative for

the family, while I went through coping


In addition to her father, Anh said

she is grateful to Sandy Dang, the

founder and executive director of Asian

American Leadership Empowerment and

Development for Youth and Family

(AALEAD), a Washington group that

helps Vietnamese immigrants make the

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transition to American society, providing

after-school and summer enrichment

programs, tutoring sessions, a mentoring

program, and a high school academic

and leadership program, from which Anh


Anh became a member of

AALEAD’s Youth Board and founded its

Youth Power Group. She represented the

organization at a White House conference

on teenagers, meeting with

then-Labor Secretary Alexis Herman.

“The staff members have been like

my friends and relatives; AALEAD is my

second family,” she said. “I have learned

and benefited from its programs, and I

feel obligated to give back in any possible

way that I can.”

Dang speaks of Anh in glowing

terms. “She’s extremely bright. She’s

resilient, has a positive outlook on life

and is so determined. She has a great

sense of responsibility, and she cares so


“We see the potential in her, and the

kind of impact she can have on the


Anh credits Dang and her eighthgrade

English as a Second Language

teacher, Dawn McKeever, for helping her

make the transition to American society.

She essentially learned English in eighth

grade—well enough that she was named

Wilson High’s English Student of the

Year as a freshman.

Though her classmates sometimes

teased her about her English, she ignored

them and pushed on—winning a science

fair, captaining the cross-country team,

and being elected president of the Asian-

American Student Association and

coordinator of the National Honor

Society. She finished among the top ten

Anh and Dean Lancaster at graduation, 2005

in her graduating class and was one of

four Wilson graduates admitted to U.Va.

Her determination had a dark side,

however. Isolated from her support system

at U.Va., but reluctant to seek help,

she struggled in her first months. She

grew fatigued, which she found alarming.

“We see the potential in her, and the kind

of impact she can have on the world.”

The exhaustion “prevented me from getting

up in the morning and going to


She eventually sought help and was

diagnosed with a stress-related heart condition,

which she was able to control

with medication and a lifestyle change.

Anh also found new mentors within

the School of Nursing. She grew close to

then associate dean Doris Greiner, and

still carries a seashell Greiner gave her.

“Often I’ve given troubled students a

seashell as a reminder of calming energy,”

Greiner explained, “as though they are at

ocean for a few minutes and experience

how restorative that can be.”

Anh skipped the first semester of her

second year, then returned for the spring

term—just before her father died. She

opted to stay at U.Va., and was active in

both the Asian Student Union and the

Vietnamese Student Association, taught

Vietnamese, and served as a translator at

PTO meetings, health clinics, and emergency

rooms in both Charlottesville and


Anh is now working as an oncology

nurse at Washington Hospital Center.

Although she had planned to enter the

Peace Corps after graduation, she didn’t

get assigned to South Africa as she

hoped. She decided to try something

new in nursing. With exposure to oncology

in her gynecology practicum, she

found herself interested in the field.

Anh feels lucky to work at a hospital

where she has significant input on

patient care, because she is one of a

diverse team of caregivers—doctors,

nurses, NPs, dieticians—who care for the

patient and who are willing to listen to

each other. She enjoys the interaction

with the patient and family because she

gets to know them as whole people, and

not just a medical record. Death is hard,

and so are the many ethical issues surrounding

treatment, legal issues, and

family vs. patient wishes. She is about to

become certified to administer


“In the nursing field, I play the role

of not just a care provider, but also an

educator and a counselor, because I get

to interact with a diverse group of

patients,” she said.

Clearly, she appreciates the value of a

good mentor.

“Somehow, you make a difference in

someone’s life,” she said. That’s what she

hopes to do one person at a time.

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When Katrina Blew in, U.Va. Nurses Took Action

On August 28, 2005, the southeastern

United States was hit

with a strong Category 4

hurricane named Katrina. The

resulting damage and impact

on lives has been immeasurable

and lasting. We know of at least

four U.Va. nurses who heard the

call and took action, volunteering

their time and talents.

Doubtless there are many

others. Here are excerpts from

three of their stories.

Nancy Albertson (BSN ’74)

“…As I watched the teeming masses in

front of the dome and convention center

in New Orleans [on TV], I felt angry

that no one was doing anything to help

those thousands of stranded people. After

three days I decided that I could do

something. I called the Red Cross and

took the classes necessary that same day. I

made my plane reservations to

Montgomery, Alabama, and was at the

staging area a few days later.

“One of the first people in the nursing

division I ran into was a U.Va.

graduate who tried to prepare me for

what I might see. Gulfport looked as if a

bomb had been dropped, she said. A

young mother there asked her to check

the babe she was holding. The baby was


“I was mentally prepared, but I was

not prepared for the spirit and stamina of

the people…. Those stranded for days—

those I saw on TV, teeming masses

yearning to be free—were the most grateful

that those of us from all over the

country had seen them, heard the call

and volunteered to help.

“I was truly humbled by the experience

and felt I received much more than

I gave.”

Stacia Ann Julian (BSN ’06)

“…Just two weeks after Katrina hit, I got

a phone call from Kathryn Stokes to join

Billy Hansen (BA ’06), and Chad

Gallagher (BS ’06) to head to Ocean

Springs, Mississippi, to help for four

short days. In the midst of a busy fall

semester, the whole thing was actually

crazy enough to be reality and we left

four days later.

“The bed of the truck was loaded

with supplies. Tubs of all sizes of socks

and underwear, cleaning supplies, and

personal hygiene kits donated from the

nursing school were all secured under a

blue tarp. Our destination was a church

where a family friend of Billy’s was helping

to run a shelter, distribution center,

and clinic all associated with the Red


“I run into a nurse who said I would

be helpful in the clinic so the following

morning, I arrive with a nametag and

stethoscope. A doctor and two nurse

practitioners and several nurses triage

patients and get the basic information.

The nurses were great to work with. One

of them, a nursing instructor, took me

around with her and explained the workings

of the clinic. I helped by taking

vitals, writing down allergies, medications,

and the various complaints:

medication destroyed, cuts from cleaning,

feeling sick, someone who is sad all

the time. I sat with one woman as she

told me about feeling overwhelmed, sad,

and anxious. All of a sudden, things from

psych and all the therapeutic lectures

over the years started coming to me,

ways to ask questions, listening, and

silence. I felt like I was in my psych clinical

talking to a patient, but it was not

clinical. It took on a real aspect and for

the first time I felt ownership of my

nursing education…”

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Invites You to the

Left to right: Billy Hansen, Chad

Gallagher, Kathryn Stokes, Stacia

Julian. Below, Stacia Julian (top left)

and the nurses she joined.

“The true impact of Katrina will never be measured

in billions of dollars, speed of wind, or feet of water,

but on the depth to which each human heart was

impacted and changed forever.”

The sight in every direction was devastating.

A young girl said, ‘Everything was

pretty before Katrina, now the trees are

different and my yard does not look the

same.’ The true impact of Katrina will

never be measured in billions of dollars,

speed of wind, or feet of water, but on

the depth to which each human heart

was impacted and changed forever.”

Kathryn Stokes (BSN ’06)

“…Every person affected by the storm

wanted to tell their story. This was the

common theme

among the people

of Biloxi.

Being in nursing

school, I was

able to use my therapeutic communication

skills to talk with these people. It

was so neat to use my nursing knowledge

to interact with this hurting

population. I learned the power we

have as nurses to help just by simply listening…

“I may be back in Charlottesville at

McLeod Hall or in the hospital going

on with everyday life, but I remember

the many faces and stories that I saw and

heard that week in Biloxi, Mississippi. I

feel privileged that I could go and help

for only a few days; I encourage anyone

that can go to go and help, because they

are going to need it for many months

to come.”

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Off the Drawing Board

It’s Easier than

You Think

Have you been meaning to

make your gift to the School of

Nursing, but money or time is

tight? The University makes it

possible to give generously of

your hard-earned resources on

your timetable and at your convenience.


Make a gift online by credit

card. Visit the University’s

secure website at

Plans for our new nursing education

building continue to move

steadily forward. Bowie Gridley

Architects, the firm retained to design

and construct our building, has finished

exterior design schematics, as well as an

interior programming plan. We now

know not only what our new building

will look like from the outside, but we

also know what will be housed on each

of the four floors. On September 16 the

University’s Board of Visitors approved

the exterior design, and work on design

of the interiors continues. We expect to

break ground for the new building in

spring 2006.

When the new building is complete,

major renovations will begin to the aging

McLeod Hall. The construction of new

space is inseparable from the renovation

plans as we work to organize the school’s

academic program between two buildings

in a highly efficient manner. In these two

In these two buildings our dedicated faculty, staff, and students will continue

improving on the specialized training that mirrors the changing and

challenging role of nurses in 21st-century health care.

buildings our dedicated faculty, staff, and

students will continue improving on the

specialized training that mirrors the

changing and challenging role of nurses

in 21st-century health care.

Approximately $4 million is still

needed to completely fund both priorities.

For more information on this

important project, contact David Black

at (434) 924-0138 or e-mail him at





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The Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry

Invites you to attend the 13th annual Agnes Dillon Randolph Award and Lecture

Mary T. Sarnecky, DNSc, RN, CS, FNP, Colonel, U.S. Army (retired)

A renowned nurse historian, Dr. Sarnecky was

selected for her seminal work on military nursing.

“Army Nurses in Combat Boots:

the Evolution of the Deployment Experience”

March 21, 2005

4:00–5:30 p.m.

McLeod Hall Auditorium

A reception, sponsored by the Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, will follow.

Call (434) 924-0083 for more information.

Hey, Hoos Out There?

If you’re looking for someone

special, you can find your nursing

friends and classmates when you

visit, the official

U.Va. online directory.

Here are just some of the benefits to you


A searchable list of all U.Va. alumni by region, profession, degree, etc.


A permanent forwarding address that lets you keep the same address for years

to come, wherever you use or purchase your e-mail service.


Do you need a mentor? Would you like to be a mentor?

Find it all on the web at

A free service to alumni, provided by the University Alumni Association, School of Nursing Alumni Association, and the University of Virginia.

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MARCH 21–22, 2005 – 70 doctoral graduates gathered with

current PhD students and faculty to reconnect with their U.Va. experience,

during the Doctoral Reunion. Among them (L to R): Barbara

Heise, Barbara Parker, Yu-Shen Lin, Beth Merwin, Richard Ridge,

Pam Kulbok, Melissa Sutherland.

APRIL 27, 2005 – Dr. Mary Starke Harper visited Grounds to

present a lecture sponsored by the school’s Diversity Committee, entitled,

“Human Experimentation: From Tuskegee 1932 to Rural Virginia


MAY 5, 2005 – The School of Nursing welcomed Dr. Patricia Grady,

director of the National Institute for Nursing Research, when the NIHfunded

Rural Health Care Research Center was officially opened.

MAY 17–18, 2005 - 49 members of the Diploma and BSN classes

of 1955 were inducted into the Thomas Jefferson Society in celebration

of their 50th Reunion. Seven BSN graduates and fourteen

Diploma graduates (shown here) returned to U.Va. for the events.

MAY 22, 2005 - 123 bachelor’s degrees in nursing were conferred,

as well as 34 master’s and five doctoral degrees, at the University’s

Final Exercises on the Lawn.



JUNE 4, 2005 – The BSN Class of 1960 (shown here) achieved the

highest percentage of participation in attendance, and the BSN Class

of 1965 was recognized for the highest percentage of class giving to

the School of Nursing at the nursing Reunions luncheon.


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SEPTEMBER 17, 2005 – The School of Nursing hosted a

dinner for its volunteers and lead benefactors at Keswick

Hall. Kristen Garrett (BSN ’06) spoke on behalf of students,

and was joined by her parents, Ted and Gayle Garrett, both

members of the Advisory Board.


OCTOBER 1–2, 2005 – The school’s second Diversity

Weekend drew 31 participants interested in U.Va.’s graduate

programs, including students from Howard, Norfolk State,

North Carolina A&T, and the University of Tennessee, as well

as working nurses from many regional hospitals.



OCTOBER 8, 2005 – Twelve alumni leaders representing

classes ranging from 1964 to 2000 spent a day in McLeod

Hall with almost 100 students at the second Nursing

Leadership Forum, sharing stories of their professional and

personal journeys since they graduated from the School of



OCTOBER 14, 2005 – Student Nurses Association of

Virginia president Liz Talley (BSN ’06) and her faculty

advisor Carol Lynn Maxwell Thompson (MSN ’84) visited

with other U.Va. alumni at the Virginia Nurses Association

convention alumni reception in Falls Church.




NOVEMBER 2, 2005 – Dr. Janet Allan, dean and professor

at the University of Maryland School of Nursing presented

the Zula Mae Baber Bice Memorial Lecture, “Making the

Case for Prevention: Shifting the Focus from Screening to

Lifestyle Change.”



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Thomas Jefferson Society Reunion—Class of 1945

Constant Source Seminars; teaches

courses in complementary and alternative

therapies and health promotion

through the arts at the

University of Tampa, and is a certified

seminar leader in Spiritual

Elder-ing®. Julia was a participant in

U.Va.’s 2005 Nursing Leadership


’72 BSN Sherry L. Watkins of

Chesterfield, VA, married Richard

Graves, Jr. on April 16, 2005.


Celebrating 60 years since graduating from the U.Va. Hospital School of Nursing, fourteen classmates from

the Diploma Class of 1945 made it to the Thomas Jefferson Society reunion party in May 2005. Old friendships

were renewed as participants reminisced about days past at The University. Those participating included:

Rea Armstrong Ayers, Jean Loving Barnett, Jean Keller Berkleman, Alison Dovel Crews, Peggy Stahl Floyd,

Edith Anderson Fox, Anne Loving Lawler, Peggy Kleppinger McLean, Norma Harner Rush, Julia Lindamood

Stone, Mary Louise Forbes Taylor, Agnes Davis Turner, Peggy Bishop Turner, and Ruby Ellen DeHart White.

’73 BSN Janice Salamon Mooney

of Roanoke, VA, has a master’s

degree from OSU and post-masters

from Catholic University.

’73 BSN, ’05 PhD Bernice

Davidson Mowery of Alexandria,

VA, is a case manager at Inova

Fairfax Hospital for Children.


’55 Diploma Betty Harlowe

Breeden was inducted into the

Virginia Nursing Hall of Fame

2005. Only five exemplary, deceased

nurses are inducted every five years

through a very competitive selection

process. Betty, who worked at U.Va.

for 44 years and practiced for 48,

held many leadership roles until she

retired in 1994. This “nursing treasure”

was the 2002 recipient of the

U.Va. Distinguished Alumni Award

sponsored by the Nursing Alumni

Association, in addition to many

other accolades and honors received

in her lifetime and since. She died in

2003. Other U.Va. notables in this

Hall of Fame are Josephine McLeod

and Phyllis Verhonick.


’64 BSN Jean G. Cather of Folsom,

CA, retired in November 2003 and

is eagerly anticipating the arrival of

her fifth grandchild.

’64 BSN Jayne Gosnell Helm of

Mount Pleasant, SC, is an attorney

practicing in Charleston, SC, using

her nursing as a basis for her elder

law practice. She recently completed

two years as associate probate judge

for Charleston County, SC. Jayne

was a participant in U.Va.’s 2005

Nursing Leadership Forum.

’64 BSN Sandra Whitley Ryals

of Richmond, VA, was appointed by

Governor Mark Warner as the new

executive director of the Virginia

Tobacco Settlement Foundation.

’66 BSN Phyllis J. Ross of

Charlottesville, VA, has been a registered

nurse at U.Va. since 1966. In

1993, Phyllis began volunteer work

with Operation Smile; her role

started as a staff nurse and progressed

to nursing coordinator.

Phyllis was a participant in U.Va.’s

2005 Nursing Leadership Forum.

’68 BSN Bonnie J. Boland of

Jacksonville, FL, is the proud grandmother

of Julie Robertson who, she

reports, looks like the Gerber baby.

’68 BSN Janie R. Hicks of Atlanta,

GA, is the vice president for development

of the Baroque Orchestra in

Atlanta and also a trauma nurse

specialist at Grady Hospital.

’69 BSN Angela Savage of

Chesapeake, VA, was profiled in the

winter issue of 2005 of The Beach

magazine for her work as a public

health investigator at the Virginia

Beach Department of Public Health.

’69 BSN, ’81 MSN Dr. Linda D.

Norman of Franklin, TN, is senior

associate dean of academics at

Vanderbilt University School of



’70 BSN Julia Balzer Riley of

Ellenton, FL, is president of

’75 BSN Mary C. Alford of Moore,

SC, is the director of surgical services

at Shriners Hospital for Children

in Greenville, SC. She also has a

master’s degree in Health Services

Administration from the Medical

University of South Carolina.

’75 BSN Karen Jean Minyard of

Atlanta, GA, is the director of the

Georgia Health Police Center and

associate research professor in the

Andrew Young School of Police

Studies at Georgia State University.

Karen also holds a PhD degree in

Business and Health Care


’76 BSN, ’93 MSN Susan Prather

of Charlottesville, VA, was the recipient

of the 2005 Professional

Nursing Staff Organization (PNSO)

Distinguished Nurse Manager


’77 BSN, ’88 MSN Trina

Vecchiolla of Columbia, SC, was

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‘74 BSN Michele Torrance

Tarbet of Rancho Santa Fe,

CA, was the sole nursing

alumna elected to the

University’s Raven Society in

2005. The organization honors

alumni who demonstrate

a commitment to the

University through service

and exemplary achievement

in their professional life.

Michele who is a senior vice

president and CEO of Sharp

Grossmont Hospital in San

Diego County, CA, was also a

participant in U.Va.’s 2005

Nursing Leadership Forum,

and is a member of the

School of Nursing Advisory


one of 100 to receive the Yelting

Nursing Excellence Award on April

9, 2005. Trina is currently working

in education at the Sisters of Charity

Providence Hospitals.

‘78 BSN Marinda Allender of Fort

Worth, TX, was one of four faculty

members from TCU’s Harris School

of Nursing to be honored as “Great

100 Nurses” for 2005 during an

awards ceremony in May. Marinda

is assistant dean of the College of

Health and Human Sciences and

has been a tenured nursing instructor

at TCU since 1990.

’79 BSN, MSN ’91, FNP ‘92 Reba

Moyer Childress of Charlottesville,

VA, was selected to receive the Beta

Kappa Chapter’s Sigma Theta Tau

Research Dissemination Award for

her work in simulation.

’79 BSN, ’83 MSN Kay Mantiply

Clark of Fairview, NC, is a geriatric

nurse practitioner for MSJHS

Community Outreach and also runs

a free clinic for high risk and frail

elderly with few financial resources.

’79 BSN Kathryn Henley Haugh

of Earlysville, VA, is now a member

of the distinguished and selective

national honor society of Phi Kappa

Phi. She earned her PhD degree

from Virginia Commonwealth

University in May 2005.

’79 BSN Debbie Wilkinson of

Gordonsville, VA, currently works as

a charge nurse in the ICU at Martha

Jefferson Hospital where she is a

clinical nurse 4. Debbie was a participant

in U.Va.’s 2005 Nursing

Leadership Forum.


’80 BSN Nancy Brown

Quittmeyer of Mobile, AL, serves as

a parish nurse in the Commission

on Health Ministry of the Episcopal

Diocese of the Gulf Coast.

’80 BSN Susan Malecki Renda of

Baltimore, MD, has been a nurse

practitioner for sixteen years in diabetes

management. She is a member

of the Diabetes Consortium, a

national group dedicated to increasing

education of primary care

providers to improve diabetes care.

’80 BSN Melissa Young Stell of

Charlottesville, VA, traveled to

Kenya and Nepal as a missionary

and now is an interventional cardiology

practice nurse at U.Va.

’80 BSN Sandy Weckinger Kolb of

Omaha, NE, retired from the nursing

profession several years ago to

raise her three daughters and two

sons. One daughter is going into

nursing and another hopes to attend

U.Va. Sandy and her husband,

Edward, a pediatric anesthetist, are

planning a medical mission trip with

the organization Helping Hands.

’83 BSN Shelley Bowles Boyce of

Villanova, PA, is chief officer and

founder of MedRisk, Inc., the

nation’s leading provider of specialty

managed care services and automated,

expert-based claims management

tools for the workers’ compensation

industry. Shelley was a participant in

U.Va.’s 2005 Nursing Leadership


’83 MSN Sherlyn Bloom

Shaughnessy of Winchester, VA,

received the Outstanding Alumni

Award from Shenandoah University

in November 2004. She is a psychiatric

nurse at the Loudoun County

Resources for Alumni

Mental Health Clinic in Leesburg,

VA, and a part-time clinical instructor

in the Shenandoah University

School of Nursing.

’83 BSN Paul Werbin of Virginia

Beach, VA, received the 2005

Governor’s Transportation Safety

Board Award in the Aviation

Division for his work as a volunteer

aviation safety counselor for the

FAA Richmond flight standards district

office. Paul is a nurse anesthetist

and is president of Coastal

Anesthesia, Inc. in Virginia Beach,

providing freelance CRNA services

in the Tidewater area. Paul is also a

FAA certified flight instructor and

provides ongoing flight instruction

in the Norfolk area.

’84 BSN Kathryn Ballenger Reid

of Charlottesville, VA, successfully

defended her dissertation on

April 26, 2005 and now holds a

PhD degree.

Don’t overlook any of the following ways your Nursing

Alumni Association might be able to help you:

k Pay medical bills with the Tabitha Grier Medical

Assistance Fund

k Go back to school with the Alumni Scholarship

for 2006-07

k Recognize a standout nurse with the

Distinguished Alumni Award, Alumni Volunteer

Award, or Young Alumni Award

k Read about the School of Nursing in Charts &

Paths (e-newsletter)

k Stay connected to your friends at

k Get involved in one of many volunteer roles

Details are on the web at or call

(434) 924-0138.

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A Nurse’s Touch...

will heal, comfort, strengthen, educate,

and change lives for the good of

individuals, communities, and the world.

Support nursing education with a gift to the Nursing Annual Fund.

A pre-addressed envelope is enclosed for your convenience.

’84 BSN, ’93 MSN David Edward

Simmons, Jr. of Charlottesville, VA,

is a clinician 4 and clinical director

of the nephrology outpatient clinic

at U.Va. He currently serves on the

Virginia Minority Health Advisory

Committee for the State of Virginia

and the Virginia Nurses Association’s

Continuing Education Approval

Committee. David was a participant

in U.Va.’s 2005 Nursing Leadership


’85 BSN Lori Bryant Burke of

Bridgeton, NJ, previously worked at

Children’s Hospital of the King’s

Daughters in Norfolk, VA. After her

marriage, Lori moved to New Jersey

and worked at South Jersey Hospital

System. She is the proud mother of

three daughters ages 10, 8, and 5

and currently works as a substitute

school nurse and teacher at their


’85 BSN, ’93 MSN Emily Drake of

Palmyra, VA, successfully defended

her dissertation and earned her PhD

from Virginia Commonwealth

University in the summer of 2005.

Her dissertation research, “Method

of Infant Feeding as a Predictor of

Maternal Responsiveness” received

the Beta Kappa Verhonick Clinical

Research Award.

’85 MSN Jeannie Duffer of North

Garden, VA, was nominated for the

2005 Professional Nursing Staff

Organization (PNSO)

Distinguished Nurse Manager


’85 BSN Teresa “Teri” Walden

Durham of Portsmouth, VA, has

been a school nurse for the past nine

years and previously worked in a

hospital and OB-GYN office for six

years. She has two boys, ages 20

and 13.

’86 MSN, ’96 FNP Patty J. Hale of

Afton, VA, is now a fellow in the

American Academy of Nursing. She

joins a prestigious group of nurses

who make significant contributions

in nursing practice, research, and

education. She is currently a

professor at Lynchburg College in

Lynchburg, VA. Patty participated in

U.Va.’s 2005 Nursing Leadership


’86 MSN Janice Hinkle of Oxford,

UK, initiated her senior research

fellowship with a dual appointment

at the Oxford Brookes School of

Health and Social Care and the

University of Oxford’s new Acute

Stroke Program in the Nuffield

Department of Clinical Medicine at

the John Radcliffe Hospital.

’87 MSN, ’97 PhD Kimberly

Ferren Carter of Moneta, VA, was a

fellow in the AACN Leadership for

Academic Nursing program of

2004, International Educator of the

year 2004, Who’s Who in America

2004 and Who’s Who Among

America’s Teachers 2005.

’88 MSN Kristen A. Hickerson of

Cynwyd, PA, teaches pediatric clinicals

at the University of Pennsylvania

and has three children ages 3, 4, and 6.

’89 BSN Alice Carpenter of

Charlottesville, VA, was the recipient

of the 2005 Excellence in Clinical

Practice award for her work with

patients in the U.Va. Heart Center.

Alice was nominated by a colleague.

’89 BSN, ’91 MSN, ’98 ACNP,

’05 PhD Audrey Wright Snyder of

Madison, VA, received the Nurse

Contributing the Most to

Emergency Medical Service Award

from the Thomas Jefferson

Emergency Medical Services

Council in 2004. Audrey has also

received the Outstanding

Contribution Award given by the

U.Va. Health System. She serves as a

nurse coordinator for the Health

System in the Remote Area Medical

Clinic conducted in Wise, VA, and

participates in numerous professional

organizations. Audrey was the

recipient of the 2005–06 Alumni

Scholarship, sponsored by the

Nursing Alumni Association.


’91 MSN Pamela S. Holt of

Roanoke, VA, is presently working

on her FNP through Radford

University where she also serves as

an adjunct faculty member for the

critical care clinical rotation.

’92 BSN, ’08 PhD Sarah Anderson

of Scottsville, VA, is a clinical coordinator

for the Forensic Nurse

Examiners at the U.Va. Medical


’92 BSN Jennifer Leigh Bundy of

Lebanon, VA, completed her master’s

of Library and Information

Science degree in August 2005 from

the University of South Carolina.

Jennifer is currently the technical

services librarian at Russell County

Public Library in Lebanon. She and

her husband Charles have a daughter,

Jesselyn, 11, and a son, Chase,

who is 9.

’92 BSN, ’97 MSN Monty D.

Gross of Roanoke, VA, has been

working on the neurology floor at

U.Va. while he works to complete a

PhD in instructional technology at


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Virginia Tech. Monty was a participant

in U.Va.’s 2005 Nursing

Leadership Forum.

’92 MSN, ’97 ACPN David C.

Strider of Charlottesville, VA, was

nominated for the 2005 Professional

Nursing Staff Organization (PNSO)

Distinguished Nurse Manager


’92 MSN Christina Hornbeck

Swecker of Huttonsville, WV, and

husband William announced the

birth of their son, Garrett Aaron, on

March 17, 2005. He joins big sister


’93 PhD Pegge L. Bell of Miramor,

FL, was appointed in the fall of

2004 by Governor Jeb Bush to the

Florida Center of Nursing to address

the workforce needs of the state.

’93 PhD Arlene G. Wiens of

Harrisonburg, VA, is working on

two research projects related to transitions

into practice and barriers to

RN to BSN education.

’94 PhD Mary Henderson Askew

of Staunton, VA, has been working

in several short assignments for the

Inactive Reserve Corps, including

two tours to the Tohono O’Odham

Reservation south Tucson, AZ, a disaster

mobilization relief during the

Florida hurricane in September

2004 and most recently to Bethel,

Alaska where she acted as interim

operating room supervisor.

’94 BSN Stacy Mueller Boylan

worked as an oncology nurse at

Geogetown University until she died

in May 2002 of cystic fibrosis. Her

husband William J. Boylan has set

up the Stacy Mueller Boylan

Memorial Fund there to annually

recognize outstanding Adult

Oncology Nurses. For details on

how to make a gift, please contact

William at

’94 BSN, ’01 MSN Jan Garnett of

Charlottesville, VA, was one of the

2005 recipients of the Virginia

Nurses Association’s Outstanding

Nurse Award. Jan is a clinician IV in

neurosurgery acute care at the U.Va.

Medical Center.

’94 BSN Anne Gates of West

Chester, PA, and her husband

Richard John Gates welcomed the

arrival of their new baby, Ava

Gardner Gates, in March 2005.

’94 BSN, ’99 MSN Kelly

Waltman McAdams of Richmond,

VA, and her husband welcomed

their first child and son, Milo

Stewart, on April 14, 2005. Kelly is

a heart transplant coordinator in the

heart failure and transplant program

at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital in


’94 BSN Colette Croutteau

Mooney of New York, NY, and

husband, Kevin, had a daughter,

Regan Elise, on Nov. 4, 2004.

Collette works as an oncology nurse

at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New

York City.

’95 BSN Elizabeth Fletcher Pyles

of Cincinnati, OH, attained board

certification as a lactation consultant

in 2004. Elizabeth works as an LC

in addition to working as an RNC

on an LDRP unit at Mercy

Anderson Hospital.

’95 PhD Lynn Irene Wasserbauer

of Spencerport, NY, is working at

the University of Rochester, primarily

doing clinical work and loving it.

’95 PhD Janice Barnes Young of

Rockville, MD, was promoted to

colonel (VAARN) in April 2004

becoming the first African-American

female colonel in the organization.

In January of 2005 she assumed

command of the Virginia Army

Reserve National Guard Joint Forces

Headquarters and in February of

2005 was appointed lead nursing

consultant for Nursing Workforce

Diversity, Division of Nursing,


’97 BSN Rick Carpenter of

Charlottesville, VA, was nominated

for the 2005 Professional Nursing

Staff Organization (PNSO)

Distinguished Nurse Manager


’97 BSN, MSN/FNP ‘02

Jennifer Collie Hutchinson of

Charlottesville, VA, and her husband

Christopher, welcomed their

first child and daughter, Abigail

Frances Hutchinson, on August 14,


’97 MSN Beth Dierdorf

Quatrara of Charlottesville,

VA, married Mathew

Quatrara in October 2004.

Beth was also the recipient of

the U.Va. Health System’s

Outstanding Contribution

Award of 2005.

’98 BSN April Carman of

Charlottesville, VA, completed her

Peace Corps service in Uzbekistan

where she was a health educator, and

in September 2005 rejoined the

U.Va. Medical Center at the

Women’s Place.

’98 BSN Lisa Jaworski of

Arlington, VA, and Ryan Miller

were married on July 17, 2004. Lisa

is an ICU nurse at Georgetown

University Hospital and is enrolled

in the master’s/acute-care nurse practitioner

program at Georgetown


’98 BSN Kris Huppert Kirwan of

Harrisonburg, VA, and Daniel

Kirwan welcomed their second child

and first daughter, Katherine Mae,

on July 2, 2004. Kate joins her

brother, Hayden.

’99 BSN Lisa Kelley of

Charlottesville, VA, is a certified

women’s health nurse practitioner

and oncology certified nurse practitioner

who works for a private

physician’s office (H.O.P.E.—Center

for Cancer Care) in Charlottesville,

Culpeper, and Fisherville. Lisa, a

member of the Legacy editorial

board, School of Nursing Alumni

Council and Advisory Board, was a

participant in U.Va.’s 2005 Nursing

Leadership Forum.

’99 BSN Jennifer Hamilton

Schaub of Apex, NC, and Richard

Schaub were married on August 17,

2004. Jennifer is a clinical research

associate with Family Health

International and Richard is a clinical

research associate with PRA



’00 BSN Amanda Caroline

Faircloth of New York, NY, is on

staff at Memorial Sloan-Kettering

Cancer Center working as a certified

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Suzanne M., Campbell, M.

L., Chulay, M., Grap, M. J.,

Pierce, L. N. B., Simpson,

T. (2005). Development of

the American Association of

Critical-Care Nurses’ sedation

assessment scale for

critically ill patients.

American Journal of Critical

Care, 14: 531-544.

Burns, Suzanne M. (2005). Mechanical ventilation of patients

with acute respiratory distress and those requiring weaning: The

evidence guiding our practice. Critical Care Nurse, 25: 14-23.

Burns, Suzanne M. (2006). AACN protocols for practice: Noninvasive

monitoring. Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Burns, Suzanne M. (2006). Respiratory waveform monitoring. In

S. Burns (Ed.), AACN protocols for practice: Non-invasive monitoring.

Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Chulay, M. and Burns, Suzanne M. (2006). AACN essentials of

critical care nursing: Textbook and pocket handbook. McGraw Hill


Steeves, Richard H. & Kahn, D.L. (2005). James’ story: Narrative

analysis of the good death. In B. Ferrell & N. Colye (Eds.),

Textbook of palliative nursing, (Second edition). Oxford: University

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Faculty names appear in boldface.

registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

Amanda was a participant in U.Va.’s

2005 Nursing Leadership Forum.

’00 BSN Polly Nissly Foster of

Wilmington, DE, earned her pediatric

nurse certification in 2004.

’00 BSN Merritt Compton

Holmberg of New York, NY, is now

a nurse administrator managing the

nursing staff at the Jewish Child

Care Association (JCCA), a nonprofit

child welfare agency. Merritt

was a participant in U.Va.’s 2005

Nursing Leadership Forum.

’00 BSN, ’02 MSN, ’05 PhD

Randy Jones of Charlottesville, VA,

is currently an assistant professor at

the U.Va. School of Nursing.

’01 BSN Meredith Ashby of

Chicago, IL, started her PNP program

at the University of Illinois.

Her husband, Christopher, is a resident

at Northwestern University.

’01 PhD Ann Graber Hershberger

of Linville, VA, chaired the Eastern

Mennonite University general committee

and in that capacity guided

the undergraduate faculty through

the revision of the general education

curriculum. She also volunteers as a

member of the Mennonite Central

Committee (MCC). Ann is now

assisting with the strategies planning

process for that agency.

’01 PhD Richard A. Ridge of

Neptune, NJ, assumed responsibilities

as corporate director of nursing

education at Meridian Health, and

is an Advisory Panel member of the

New Jersey Board Nursing’s Practice

Committee. Richard also implemented

a systemwide staff nurse

preceptor program and is preparing

for re-designation as an ANCCmagnet

hospital system.

’01 BSN Chris Waddell of

Pennington Gap, VA, was accepted

in Virginia Commonwealth

University’s Department of Nurse

Anesthesia program.

’02 BSN Jenn Foronjy of

Charlottesville, VA, won the 2005

Excellence in Caring Award from

the Professional Nursing Staff

Organization (PNSO) recognizing

her compassion for her patients.

’02 PhD Kathryn M. Ganske of

Winchester, VA, is a 2004 Helene

Fuld Leadership Fellow. Kathryn

participated at the symposium presentation

at the ICN Conference,

Taipei, Taiwan, “Reading Across the

Pond: The RN International

Exchange Program,” and also co-led

faculty in the global experiential

learning trip to Thailand in the

summer of 2005.

’03 PhD Kathleen Boyden of

Charlottesville, VA, was promoted

to associate director of

Pharmacovigilance at INC

DataSpectrum. Kathy assumed

direct line management responsibilities

for all aspects of the expanding

Pharmacovigilance group. She is also

the proud mother of Colin and


’03 PhD Katherine Cullen Cook

of Jessup, MD, was promoted to full

professor at the College of Notre

Dame in Baltimore, MD.

’03 BSN Heather Layton of

Minneapolis, MN, and her husband

Mark welcomed their third child,

Zoey June Layton into the world

April 19, 2005.

’04 PhD Natalie Murphy McClain

of Brookline, MA, was the winner

of the Sigma Theta Tau Gamma

Epsilon Chapter Research Award of


’04 PhD Barbara Ann Moran of

Dunn Loring, VA, was elected to a

second term on the Board of

Directors for the Association of

Women’s Health, Obstetric, and

Neonatal Nurses.

’05 BSN Andrea Lynn Craine of

Nissequogue, NY, is a nurse resident

in the Emergency Department of

the Long Island Hospital. Andrea

was honored at Pinning as the

Nursing Student Contributing Most

to U.Va.

’05 MSN David Mercer of

Barboursville, VA, was named the

January 2005 employee of the

month for the U.Va. Medical

Center. David works in the Thoracic

Cardiovascular Post-Operative

Intensive Care Unit.

’05 PhD Mary Catherine

O’Laughlen of Warrenton, VA, was

awarded an individual NRSA from

the National Institute of Health.

’05 BSN Lan Anh Thi Phan of

Washington, DC, had her story featured

in the Washington Post on the

day of her graduation. She currently

works for the Washington Hospital

Center’s Oncology department and


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volunteers for the Asian

America Leadership,

Empowerment and

Development for Youth and

Families in Washington D.C.

(see story, page 18).


’30 Diploma Bertie R. Pritikin

of Kailua Kona, HI, died

July 29, 2005.

’30 Diploma Mary W. Ware

of Staunton, VA, died

January 26, 2004.

‘34 Diploma Ellen L. Bryson

of Coalwood, WV, died

April 17, 2005.

’38 Diploma Ella Vivian

Gillespie of El Paso, TX, died

September 1, 2005.

’40 Diploma Margaret G.

Crutchfield of Clemmons,

NC, died April 29, 2005.

’40 Diploma Marion J. Clark

of Bradford, PA, died

March 12, 2005.

’40 BSN ED Ruth Snavely

Smith of Birmingham, AL,

died July 29, 2002.

’42 Diploma Virginia White

Daniel of Largo, FL, died

December 24, 2004.

’43 Diploma Gladys Vass

“Jannie” Utz of Madison, VA,

died June 21, 2004.

’43 Diploma Peggy H.

Tashner of Chesapeake, VA,

died December 19, 2004.

’44 Diploma Eleanor Alderson

Herdon of Danville, VA, died

May 09, 2005.

’44 Diploma Shirley W. White

of Danville, VA, died

June 25, 2005.

’45 Diploma Helen B. Grewe

of Fairfield, CA, died

December 17, 2004.

’46 Diploma Virginia Ware

Johnson of Plano, TX, died

May 1, 2005.

’47 Diploma Joan L. Carter of

Dallas, TX, died

October 31, 2005.

’47 Diploma Virginia C. Noe

of Richmond, VA, died

March 20, 2005.

’48 Diploma Elizabeth Anne

Rowan of Islesford, ME, died

March 7, 2005.

’48 Diploma Jane C. Stewart

Johnston of Wheeling, WV,

died June 09, 2005.

’49 Diploma Betty P. Hall of

Radford, VA, died

March 20, 2005.

’49 Diploma Kathryn T.

Parsons of Huntington, WV,

died March 01, 2005.

’52 Diploma Doris M.

Hancock of Imperial Plaza,

VA, died October 31, 2004.

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’52 Diploma Norma Lanier

Olinger of Georgetown, TX,

died July 14, 2004.

’53 Diploma Patricia

McCauley Hague of Roanoke,

VA, died July 20, 2004.

’55 BSN Rubye J. Cherry of

Calabash, NC, died

January 05, 2005.

’58 BSN Dorothea Coleman

Moore of Richmond, VA, died

September 29, 2005.

’59 BSN Amelia S. Cook

of Austin, TX, died

May 31, 2005.

’60 BSN Ruby J. Wampler of

Glen Allen, VA, died

June 30, 2005.

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’61 BSN Mary E. Martin of

Suffolk, VA, died

September 6, 2004.

’68 BSN Amy Svendsen

Henry of Bolingbrook, IL, died

February 16, 2005.

’69 BSN, ’71 MEd, ’75 PNP

Andrea L. Snyder of

Charlottesville, VA died

November 9, 2004.

’74 BSN Katherine M. Moore

of Sterling, VA, died

May 31, 2005.

’74 BSN Ruth Grado

Hutcherson Roper of Orange,

VA, died July 31, 2005.

’78 BSN Maureen Breen

Gerhardt of Greensboro, NC,

died July 16, 2005.




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’86 MSN, ’87 ANP Jeanne E.

Cowan of Morgantown, NC,

died April 16, 2004.

’86 BSN Katheleen W.

Parkansky of Charlottesville,

VA, died April 04, 2005.

’00 MSN Barbara A. Reed of

Virginia Beach, VA, died

June 16, 2005.

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14 Alumni Council Retreat

18 Spring Semester Classes Begin

21 Admissions Open House, 9am–1pm

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4 Scholarship Celebration Luncheon

21 Class of 1968 Lecture by Bernadette Melnyk

21 Nursing History Forum, “My Treatment was Castor Oil and

Aspirin: Field Nursing Among the Navajo Indian Health

Service, 1925–1955”


4-12 Spring Recess

21 Agnes Dillon Randolph Award & Lecture, sponsored by the

Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, (see page 23)

30 VCNP Conference Alumni Reception


7 Groundbreaking Ceremony, new Nursing Education Building


8 Advisory Board and Alumni Council Meetings (tentative)

13 Admissions Open House, 4:30–7:30pm


2 Classes End

5 Catherine Strader McGehee Lecture by Carol Picard

4-12 Exams

15-17 Thomas Jefferson Society Reunion

20 Pinning & Hooding Ceremonies

21 Final Exercises

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