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Frances E. Likis, DrPH, RN, NP, CNM, received the 2009 Kitty Ernst Award, one of the most prestigious honors awarded by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), during ACNM's 54th Annual Meeting & Exposition in Seattle, Washington. Likis was honored for her energy and enthusiasm in her day-to-day work. In just nine years, her contributions to midwifery have been noted and applauded by her peers, including her work on an award-winning text, Women's Gynecologic Health, and authorship of several journal articles and book chapters. In addition to her educational and research efforts, Francie is also noted as a dynamic speaker among women's health care professionals and demonstrates the vision, leadership, and creativity of a Kitty Ernst Award recipient.


Vicki Slater, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, has been appointed to the American Holistic Nurses' Association (AHNA) Leadership Council as the first Practice Coordinator. During her one-year appointment, she will develop the position, which will include looking at legalities of holistic nursing practice, continue the ongoing work of the ethics and advocacy committees, and begin to develop a description of other aspects of holistic practice. Slater has a private holistic nursing practice in Clarksville, Tenn., in which she offers a wide variety of laying-on-of-hands and other energy-based modalities. She was named the AHNA 2002 Holistic Nurse of the Year. This organization promotes the education of nurses, other healthcare professionals, and the public in all aspects of holistic caring and healing, serving as a bridge between conventional healthcare and complementary and integrative healing practices. Holistic nursing is recognized by the American Nurses Association as an official nursing specialty with defined scope and standards of practice.


Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, RN, CNM, FAAN, FACNM, was named to the Women to Watch - Class of 2009 by the Nashville Medical News and also named as one of the 2009 Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare. Conway-Welch, Nancy & Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing and Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, was honored for her many achievements for nursing at the local, national and international level to ensure healthcare is delivered in a thoughtful, safe, compassionate and effective manner. She was also named for these honors for other accomplishments including providing evidence-based care to patients and offering the best education to future healthcare professionals.


Betsy Weiner, PhD, RN, Senior Associate Dean for Informatics at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, wrote a grant recently that netted the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing a $1.6 million, three-year grant from Health Resources Services Administration's (HRSA) Innovative Nurse Education Technologies (INET) Program for the next step in simulation software management. When completed, portions may look a lot like popular gaming systems such as Wii, Xbox or PlayStation. Weiner's vision for writing this grant focused on helping nurse faculty to better manage the simulation experience with their students. She and her team want to develop a dashboard for educators to help them measure their own progress in meeting educational competencies related to simulation management. Long term, this dashboard could provide the same intelligence to nursing students so that simulation can be better integrated into the curriculum rather than a piecemeal approach that is so often used by many schools.

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Title Annotation:American College of Nurse-Midwives awards Frances E. Likis; American Holistic Nurses' Association appoints Vicki Slater; Colleen Conway-Welch was named to the Women to Watch - Class of 2009 by the Nashville Medical News
Publication:Tennessee Nurse
Geographic Code:1U6TN
Date:Sep 22, 2009
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