Pam Guillebeau, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, was recently featured in the “Why I Love My Job” column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper. In the article, the registered nurse and director of the Surgery and Sterile Processing Department at De Kalb Medical’s North Decatur campus noted the importance of a master’s degree as preparation for becoming a director of nursing. She was promoted to her current leadership position in July.
Joanne Matthew, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student and Nurses of the Year Scholarship recipient, was recently named president-elect of the New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She is currently the director of nursing quality and intensive treatment at Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I., where she also co-authored the psychiatric nursing manual Inpatient Psychiatric Nursing: Clinical Strategies and Practical Interventions (Springer Publishing Company, 2012) with fellow nurses.
Michael Jongsma ’11, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student, was appointed chief nursing officer at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., in October. He first joined its staff in 1999 as an emergency medical technician. He became director of nursing for cardiovascular services in 2007 and was named interim chief nursing officer early in 2013.
James T. McDaniel ’11, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student, was named the first inpatient facility director at Hospice of the Panhandle in Martinsburg, W.Va., in August. He joined the hospice’s nursing team in 2009 and is also currently a faculty member at Shepherd University.
Dawn Cogliser, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, co-authored “Championing Person-First Language: A Call to Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses” in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (Vol. 19, Issue 3). She is a nurse executive of the Women’s Health Clinic at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Ariz.
Jean Pozza, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, was named magnet program director of Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, N.Y., in June. She previously served as a specialized educator in the professional practice department at the medical center.
Donnamarie Lovestrand, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, co-authored “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Anesthesia Emergence” in the AANA Journal, the journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Jean Pozza, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, was named the magnet program director at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, N.Y. She joined the staff in 2009 as a specialized educator in the professional practice department. She previously worked as a clinical instructor for Mount Saint Mary College, a clinical coordinator at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, and a nurse at St. Luke's Hospital.
Mary Vuccola, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, was named the director of acute care at Lock Haven Hospital in Pennsylvania in December 2012. She previously spent eight years at Jersey Shore Hospital serving in a variety of nursing and supervision roles.
Robert McWhirt, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student, was named the chief nursing officer at Augusta Health in Fishersville, Va., in November. Prior to his promotion, he served as a nurse in the hospital’s emergency department and progressive care unit. He has extensive experiences in nursing and administrative positions.
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