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.

Roy L. Simpson
The Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) recognized Roy L. Simpson, DNP, RN, DPNAP, FAAN, with the Nursing Informatics Award, at its 2016 Awards Gala held in Washington, D.C. on September 13. Dr. Simpson is Clinical Professor, Emory Umiversity School of Nursing and Vice President of Nursing, Cerner Corporation. The FNLM Awards Gala celebrates advances in public health, medicine, and health communications.

 

Judith Vessey
Former NEF Scholarship recipient and NEF Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, has just received a $750K NIH grant to develop, create, and evaluate a brief screening tool (Child-Adolescent Bullying Screen) that can be used by healthcare providers with middle school youths seeking care in ambulatory clinic settings.

Margaret McClure continues her active speaking career in addressing the value of the Magnet Recognition Program for staff nurses at all the Montefiore network hospitals in the Bronx (Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein Hospital, and Wakefield Hospital (formerly Our Lady of Mercy), at OSF St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford, IL and at Nicklaus Chlidren's Hospital in Miami, FL in April and early May. She emphasizes the journey to Magnet as one of pride and finding the excellence in nursing practice, whether already Magnet or on the journey.

Kathy Dirschel
Chairperson of the NEF Public Relations Committee and past NEF President, spoke on the Brotherhood of Nursing at the Bellevue Hospital for their Nurses Week celebration in May. Dr. Dirschel’s presentation emphasized the power of the deep abiding type of relationship that a brotherhood represents for nurses, the loyalty that comes from self development and development of team members. Brotherhood means standing with your peers--enhancing practice excellence and creating an environment of togetherness.