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Georgia Nurses Association's great nurses in action.

Great Nurses in Action is a new section of this publication designed to highlight significant member achievements. Examples of activities can include appointments to councils, task forces, publication credits, research accomplishments, awards, etc. To submit information about your achievements, email a brief description of your news along with a digital photo to jodi@ or mail it to the following address:

Jodi Weber

Director of Communication and Marketing

Georgia Nurses Association

3032 Briarcliff Road

Atlanta, Georgia 30329

Roy L. Simpson, RN, C, CCMA, FNAP

GNA Member

Roy Simpson, RN, C, CCMA, FNAP, Vice President, Nursing Informatics for Cerner Corporation and former state treasurer for GNA, was recently profiled in Nurse Leader as a "Leader to Watch." Simpson earned his nursing education at Grady Memorial Hospital, Mercer University and Erskine College. Simpson resides in Atlanta.

Susan Chambers, RNC, MS

GNA Member

Susan Chambers, RNC, MS, Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive of Gwinnett Hospital System, has been appointed to the Georgia Health Strategies Council by Governor Sonny Perdue.

The Health Strategies Council develops Georgia's State Health Plan and addresses policy issues concerning access to healthcare services. Chambers has been appointed to serve as a Registered Nurse Representative and will aid the board in fulfilling its duties to the office of the Governor.

"It's an honor to be appointed to serve the health interests of Georgians through the Health Strategies Council," said Chambers. "I look forward to the opportunity to ensure that Gwinnett County residents, and all Georgians, continue to receive the best healthcare available."

Diana Meeks-Sjostrom PhD, RN, MSN, FNP-C, CS, ONC

GNA Member

Diana Meeks-Sjostrom, Director of Nursing Research at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, was recently appointed the IRB committee at Saint Joseph's Hospital. The committee meets monthly to review all research studies conducted at Saint Joseph's Hospital. In addition, Meeks-Sjostrom is the new mentor/advisor to the Nursing Research Council at Saint Joseph's Hospital. Through these activities Meeks-Sjostrom aims to promote nursing research to the bedside nurse.

Brenda Cole Ulmer, RN, MSN, CNOR

GNA Member

Brenda Cole Ulmer is the recent recipient of the 2006 Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing. This award is the highest honor given by AORN and recognizes the global impact in perioperative nursing of the recipient's accomplishments in the areas of practice, education and research,

Ulmer receives this award because of her service as a role model and her dedication to advancing the profession. Ulmer received this award at the AORN Congress Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 2006.

Mary Gullatte, RN, MN, ANP, AOCN, FAAMA

GNA Member

Mary Gullatte, former GNA Nurse-of-the-Year, is credited for editing Nursing Management: Principles and Practice, the winner of the prestigious 2005 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award in the Nursing Management and Leadership category. The work is published by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

Gullatte is director of nursing for inpatient oncology and transplant services and director of the oncology data center for Emory Hospitals and the Emory Winship Cancer Institute.

Michelle Byrne, RN, PhD, CNOR

GNA Member

Michelle Byrne, RN, PhD, CNOR, Associate Professor of Nursing at North Georgia College and State University, has recently been appointed to the Denver-based Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) Board of Directors.

When asked about the reasons for her decision to accept a position on the CCI Board of Directors, Dr. Byrne said, "CCI reflects a dynamic organization that actively engages in professional development for perioperative nurses as well as other healthcare professionals. I want to be a part of this team. As current chairperson of the CCI Research Committee and a Think Tank participant and organizer, I hope to pursue activities that facilitate safe patient care and healthcare competency. CCI has shown a commitment by dedicating its resources in knowledge generation and interdisciplinary collaboration to support this goal."

Susan S. Gunby, RN, PhD

GNA Member

Dr. Gunby recently received the highest distinction given by the National Student Nurses' Association, the Leader of Leaders Award. Gunby was presented with the award at the April 2006 annual meeting. Dr. Gunby is the first Georgian to receive this award which is the only national recognition given annually by the organization.

Dr. Gunby is currently dean of the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University. She completed her education at Georgia Baptist School of Nursing, Emory University and Georgia State University.
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Date:May 1, 2006
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