May 2018

Armiel Suriaga ’14, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student, received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for Nursing Excellence from West Visayas State University. Suriaga is a full-time faculty member at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

June 2016

Louise Thornell ’07, an MSN graduate and PhD in Nursing student, has been named vice president and chief nurse executive for Christus® St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas. She has served as interim chief nurse executive since October 2015.

March 2016

Susan Condie, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student, has been named founding chief nursing officer at HomeHero, the largest independent home care provider in California. She is also associate dean of nursing academics at the West Coast University, Orange County, California campus.

June 2015

April Leigh, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, has been appointed director of surgical services for Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Leigh will oversee all surgery operations and central processing. She has been at Mercy for 8 years.

June 2014

Maureen Byrd, Hope Holcomb, and Tiffany Ticer, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students, and Dr. Deborah Weatherspoon, a faculty member in the School of Nursing, co-published "Excessive Gestational Weight Gain: Long-Term Health Risks" in International Journal of Childbirth Education (Vol. 29, Issue 2). Byrd is a breast cancer nurse navigator at McLeod Regional Medical Center's Breast Health Center in Florence, S.C. Holcomb and Ticer are both registered nurses.

May 2014

Maria Arlene Gapac LeMin, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, contributed to a chapter on thoracic surgery in the 15th edition of Jane C. Rothrock’s Alexander's Care of the Patient in Surgery (Mosby, 2014). The book provides step-by-step instructions for more than 400 surgical procedures.

January 2014

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.

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