Rosanne Raso, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, was selected as a member of the 2018 class of the American Academy of Nursing Fellows.

Fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee's nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all.

The inductees will be honored at a ceremony to be held during the Academy's annual policy conference, Transforming Health, Driving Policy, which will take place November 1-3, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Carl A. Kirton, DNP, MBA, RN, ANP.

Dr. Kirton has more than 30 years experience as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner with a particular emphasis on the care of patients with HIV and AIDS. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of HIV/AIDS and has worked with health professionals in Spain, Central and South Africa to improve the care of persons with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Kirton is the past president of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the largest professional organization for nurses in the field of HIV. He has published two texts on HIV/AIDS nursing and has published more than 50 articles, textbooks chapters and monographs.

Dr. Kirton received his bachelor’s degree from Lehman College in the Bronx, NY; a master’s degree in education from NYU; a post-master’s certificate as an adult nurse practitioner from NYU; an MBA from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City and doctorate in nursing practice from Case Western University in Cleveland Ohio where he studied the issue of power and medication adherence in HIV/AIDS infected persons.

Dr. Kirton holds faculty appointments at New York University and St. Peter’s University where he teaches courses in health care administration, quality, finance, and business strategy.

He is a seasoned health care administrator having held progressive positions in leadership at the executive level in academic medical centers, community hospitals and public health medical centers. He is currently the Chief Nursing Officer at University Hospital, the primary teaching facility for Rutgers Health.

Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN

Mathy Mezey joined the Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. Board of Directors in April 2017 and will be chairing the Thelma Schorr Society.

The focus of Dr. Mezey’s interest and scholarship has been on nursing ethics and care of older adults, focusing on assuring that nurses have the necessary skills and knowledge to provide quality care to this potentially vulnerable population. She directed 2 major national initiatives focused on care of older adults, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Teaching Nursing Home Program (1981-1987) and the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, NYU College of Nursing (Founding Director 1996-2009). She has written or edited 16 books and written over 70 articles on topics related to geriatric nursing, the education and practice of geriatric nurse practitioners, care in nursing homes, and ethical decision making. Dr. Mezey holds honorary degrees from Case Western Reserve and Fairfield University, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the New York Academy of Medicine, is an Emeritus member of the Board of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and is Trustee Emeritus, Columbia University.

Dr. Mezey has been involved in numerous national initiatives that focused on undergraduate and graduate nursing education. In collaboration with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) she was co-director in the development of the national standards for Gerontological Nurse Practitioner education. Again with AACN, she directed GNEC (Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium) which involved over half the BSN programs nationally in a three year project to strengthen their geriatric curriculums. At the Hartford Institute, she directed Nurse Competence in Aging, a national initiative to assure that specialty nurses are prepared in geriatrics. She was a founding Director of NICHE (Nurses Improving Health Systems to the Elderly), an initiative involving over 700 hospitals nationwide. She was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Lindfield College in McMinnville OR, and a Visiting Fellow of Greene College, Neufield College, Oxford, England. At Monmouth College, she has been invited to the Nursing Program twice, most recently last year when she was the Speaker at the Nursing Program’s inaugural White Coat Ceremony.

Mathy Mezey, received a BSN from Columbia University Nursing (1960), an MEd, Teachers College, Columbia University (1973), and an EdD, TC (1977). She spent 50 years in nursing, first working in home care (Visiting Nurse Service of New York) and at a city hospital in New York (Jacobi Hospital, NY Health and Hospitals Corporation), and then having a career as a nurse educator, at Lehman College, City University of New York (Assistant Professor, 1973-1980), at the University of Pennsylvania (Clinical Associate Professor, 1980-1991), and New York University (Professor, Independence Professor, 1991-2013). She is currently Professor Emerita, New York University.

Edwidge J. Thomas, DNP, ANP

Edwidge Thomas joined the NEF Board of Directors in 2017 and serves on the Criteria and Eligibility Committee. Currently Edwidge is the medical director at the Mount Sinai Hospital’s Performing Provider System (PPS) for Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program and she is responsible for strategic direction of the PPS including developing quality medical programs, planning and implementing the clinical programs and monitoring the performance of the DSRIP projects’ metric while collaborating with PPS partners as they modify their infrastructure and implement clinical transformation for transitioning to a value based payment system. Her responsibilities also include leading the Equity Performance programs while overseeing the activities of DSRIP Clinical Quality Committee as well as other committees by providing recommendations on best practices to guide the overall strategy for the PPS.

Dr. Thomas has been a key advisor to universities and major metropolitan hospitals, on preparing the nursing workforce for future health care delivery challenges and integrating Advanced Practice Nurses within acute and ambulatory care settings to expand the community based healthcare footprint. Her goal is threefold: improving the health of individuals through evidence based care and clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience, and reducing cost.

While at the New York University College of Nursing she was responsible for developing innovative strategies to secure grants as the principal investigator and co-director. She created partnerships to establish new practice models of care that addressed all populations including the underserved and vulnerable. Edwidge led practice and community engagement initiatives including: a nurse–managed primary care practice for adults; a mobile health van program providing primary care services; and the implementation of a health literary project for underserved adolescent students at high schools in Brooklyn, New York. Through all of her efforts as the co-director of these projects, Dr. Thomas and her team secured a $2.9 million Health Resource Service Agency (HRSA) grant to launch and sustain the adolescent program. Other notable outcomes from her community focused efforts were revenue enhancing programs that significantly increased patient visits and advanced practice nurse presence, as well as increased partnerships with community based programs and agencies that were able to implement innovative delivery models of care.

Early in her career, Edwidge was a founding member of the first nationally know independent Nurse Practitioner primary care practice at Columbia University School of Nursing serving a commercially insured patient population in a highly competitive New York Market.

Edwidge received a Bachelor of Arts in French at Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing also at Rutgers. She graduated from Columbia University School of Nursing with a Master of Science as an adult nurse practitioner and in 2005, Edwidge earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Columbia University.

Thelma Schorr, BSN, RN, FAAN
This year the American Journal of Nursing under the leadership of the AJN Editor in Chief, Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy has renamed the American Journal of Nursing Scholarship annually distributed by Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. as the AJN/Thelma Schorr Scholarship in honor of Thelma Schorr, longtime board member of NEF. Thelma spent forty years at the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) company, progressing from editorial assistant to editor-in-chief, and then ten years as president and publisher. She was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing and she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from ANA as well as being named Outstanding American Jewish Nurse by Hadassah and being the recipient of three honorary doctorates and many other honors. NEF is honored to have Thelma as a current board member and she continues to be a role model for nurse leaders.

Villanova University Announces the Naming of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

 M. Louise Fitzpatrick

Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, announced the naming of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, honoring the college’s visionary dean who passed away in September, 2017. Villanova’s College of Nursing developed into a premier nursing program during Dr. Fitzpatrick’s tenure and was recognized repeatedly by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

“Louise Fitzpatrick will be remembered as one of the most vibrant, transformative leaders in the history of Villanova, and I can think of no more fitting an honor than to name our College of Nursing after her,” said Father Donohue. “Dean Fitzpatrick was a visionary who embodied the spirit of what it means to be a Villanova nurse and a true Villanovan. Her leadership set a course of greatness for the College of Nursing and our University—and through this naming, we are ensuring that such vision and excellence continues to be a hallmark of the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing.”

 M. Louise Fitzpatrick

Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, announced the naming of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, honoring the college’s visionary dean who passed away in September, 2017. Villanova’s College of Nursing developed into a premier nursing program during Dr. Fitzpatrick’s tenure and was recognized repeatedly by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

“Louise Fitzpatrick will be remembered as one of the most vibrant, transformative leaders in the history of Villanova, and I can think of no more fitting an honor than to name our College of Nursing after her,” said Father Donohue. “Dean Fitzpatrick was a visionary who embodied the spirit of what it means to be a Villanova nurse and a true Villanovan. Her leadership set a course of greatness for the College of Nursing and our University—and through this naming, we are ensuring that such vision and excellence continues to be a hallmark of the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing.”

Karen A. Ballard, MA, RN, FAAN

Ms. Ballard has a BSN from Niagara University's College of Nursing and MA in child and adolescent psychiatric-mental health nursing from New York University. She is a consultant for the Nurses Workgroup for Health Care Without Harm (HCWH); an adjunct associate professor at PACE University, teaching courses on psychiatric-mental health nursing, health care reform and nursing leadership, and adjunct faculty at New York University, teaching health policy.

Ms. Ballard has held clinical nurse specialist positions in both pediatric and child psychiatric nursing working primarily with children and their families coping with chronic and terminal illnesses. Additionally, she held various staff positions with the New York State Nurses Association, including Director of the Practice and Governmental Affairs Program.

She has served as a member and chair of ANA's Standards and Guidelines Committee and as Vice-Chairperson of ANA's Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics. Ms. Ballard is the co-author of Psychiatric Nursing – An Integration of Theory and Practice. She is a contributing editor of AJN's quarterly column – "Environments and Health".

Karen A. Ballard is the immediate Past President of the New York State Nurses Association (2009-2011), immediate Past First Vice-President of the American Nurses Association (2010-2012) and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (2009).

Karen A. Ballard, MA, RN, FAAN

Ms. Ballard has a BSN from Niagara University's College of Nursing and MA in child and adolescent psychiatric-mental health nursing from New York University. She is a consultant for the Nurses Workgroup for Health Care Without Harm (HCWH); an adjunct associate professor at PACE University, teaching courses on psychiatric-mental health nursing, health care reform and nursing leadership, and adjunct faculty at New York University, teaching health policy.

Ms. Ballard has held clinical nurse specialist positions in both pediatric and child psychiatric nursing working primarily with children and their families coping with chronic and terminal illnesses. Additionally, she held various staff positions with the New York State Nurses Association, including Director of the Practice and Governmental Affairs Program.

She has served as a member and chair of ANA's Standards and Guidelines Committee and as Vice-Chairperson of ANA's Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics. Ms. Ballard is the co-author of Psychiatric Nursing – An Integration of Theory and Practice. She is a contributing editor of AJN's quarterly column – "Environments and Health".

Karen A. Ballard is the immediate Past President of the New York State Nurses Association (2009-2011), immediate Past First Vice-President of the American Nurses Association (2010-2012) and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (2009).

Mary Ann McLaughlin 
Recipient of the NEF Eleanor C. Lambertsen Memorial Fund Award in 2014- 2015, with Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. Vice President, Cynthia Sculco at the Columbia University Teachers College Annual Research Conference.

Madeleine Sugimoto
 NEF Board Member, was on the Tony Guida's CUNY Network New York Show on March 2, 2016 discussing her experiences as a very young child living in the Japanese Internment Camps, during World War II. The segment can be watched online now.

Judith Vessey, has been chosen as one of Sigma Theta Tau "International Honor Society of Nursing 2016 Nurse Researcher Award Recipients"! The research awards will be presented in South Africa in August 2016.