Rapid Pulse: Dean inducted into nurse researcher Hall of Fame

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Sandra B. Dunbar, RN, DSN, associate dean for Academic Advancement at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, will be inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

The Hall of Fame recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national and/or international recognition for their work, and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves. Dunbar’s current research focuses on testing integrated self-care approaches for patients with heart failure and diabetes and testing interventions that improve outcomes for caregivers of heart failure patients.

The 2013 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award presentation will be on July 25 in Prague, Czech Republic at the 24th International Nursing Research Congress.

Diversity conference: Clayton State University School of Nursing in Morrow will host its annual Cultural Diversity Conference on April 11. The event, which will be at the Student Activities Center (Ballrooms, A, B and C), is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former United States Department of Health and Human Services secretary and president emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine. Sullivan will speak about “Eliminating Health Disparities in the United States.”

Also speaking will be Rick Zoucha, Ph.D., RN, associate professor at Duquesne University’s School of Nursing. Zoucha will talk about “Understanding the concepts of cultural confianza in Mexican-Americans: Listening to the Voice of La Raza.”

Although the conference is directed at Clayton State faculty and students, the public is invited to attend. Registration will close once seating capacity has been reached, and all registrants must be confirmed (via an attendance roster) prior to attending the event.

To register, go to https://claytonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4JwR7ZXdEeTJict.

Executive appointments: WellStar Health System has announced that Candice Saunders, formerly WellStar executive vice president, has been promoted to chief operating officer for WellStar.

In her new role, Saunders will have full operational responsibility for WellStar’s five hospitals, imaging centers, health parks and outpatient rehabilitation. Saunders joined WellStar in May 2007 as WellStar Kennestone Hospital COO and was promoted to president in August 2007.

Succeeding Saunders as president of WellStar Kennestone Hospital is Dan Woods, formerly WellStar senior vice president and WellStar Kennestone COO.

Award season: The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta recently announced that Amy Lahey and Whitney Lofton have been presented with the Laura Snitzer Boozer Nursing Award.  The award, which honors nurses who have demonstrated professional excellence and leadership in pediatric cancer care, provides financial support for continued education in oncology.

Lahey, RN, BSN, CPHON, has worked in the inpatient unit at Aflac Cancer Center for more than six years. Lofton, RN, BSN, has worked at Aflac Cancer Center for more than five years.

The center’s Continuing Education Award went to nurses Stephanie Bernardo and Alexandra Palmer, who were recognized for their dedication nursing. Bernardo, RN, BSN, CPHON, and Palmer, RN, BSN, are enrolled in the family nurse practitioner program at Georgia State University.

Perfect passing rate: All 18 members of the first graduating class of Mercer University's Georgia Baptist College of Nursing family nurse practitioner program passed the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners certification examination on their first attempt.

The students began their coursework in May 2011 and completed it in August. The graduates will walk at the university’s May commencement.