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Home : Media

25 June 2012

Rachael McLaughlin, Director
Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

Leadership Academy prepares nurses for higher-profile
roles in geriatric care
First-time participants from Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee prove
program’s growing sphere of influence

Indianapolis – In order to provide the best care possible, nurses need to become “full partners” in shaping the nation’s health care system, according to The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, released by the Institute of Medicine. The report, developed by the Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, looked at challenges the profession faces as the number of Americans covered by health insurance increases and as the population ages.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is on the forefront of transforming leadership in the nursing profession, as called for in the IOM report, through its leadership academies.

2012-2013 Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy cohort
Twelve individuals from nine states have selected 12 mentors from 10 states for the upcoming 18-month GNLA, which will be conducted from June 2012 to November 2013. 

For the first time, this session’s cohort includes participants from Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The Mentors will guide Fellows through a blended curriculum that provides a multitude of methodologies for developing leadership knowledge and competence, with a focus on individual leadership, advanced nursing practice through team leadership, and organizational scope of influence.

“The GNLA gives nurses the skills and experience they need to make a critical difference in the lives of older adults,” says STTI President Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, COI. “These new leaders emerge uniquely qualified to advocate for change that is based on an intimate understanding of patients’ needs and the bedside impact of public policy.”

The GNLA is possible with a grant from The Retirement Research Foundation and additional support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, Hill-Rom and STTI.

Participant pairs are:

Abbey Baum-Beigie, MSN, RN, ANP-BC
Adult Nurse Practitioner, Bethany Medical Center
Canton, Ohio
Catherine Roscoe-Herbert, DNP, APRN-BC, FGNLA
Coordinator Senior Services and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Beachwood, Ohio

Amanda Butcher, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse – Staff and Charge Nurse, Indiana University Health-Bloomington
Bedford, Ind.
Wylene Watts, MBA, BSPT
Executive Director, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Service Lines, Indiana University Health-Bloomington
Bloomington, Ind.

Margarida Pereira Camacho, MSN/MHA, RN-BC
Patient Care Facilitator, Riddle Hospital
West Chester, Pa.
Louise Hummel, MSN, RN-BC, CEN
Lead Clinical Nurse Educator/Magnet Coordinator/NICHE Coordinator, Riddle Hospital
Media, Pa.

Deborah Dyjak, MS, RN
Education Coordinator, Education and Training, Archie Hendricks Senior Skilled Nursing Facility
Benson, Ariz.
Jane Mohler, PhD, NP-c, MSN, MPH
Associate Director, Arizona Center on Aging, Medicine, University of Arizona
Tucson, Ariz.

Chris Forcucci, BSN, RN
Senior Vice President, Integrated Services and Research, Aging and In-Home Services
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Keela Herr, PhD, RN
Professor, Assoicate Dean, Research Director, John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Dina Lipowich, MSN, RN
Director of Medical Nursing and Inpatient Geriatrics, Northwest Community Healthcare
Arlington Heights, Ill.
Gloria Reidinger, RNC
Director of Research, Northwest Community Hospital
Hanover Park, Ill.

Therese Murphy, BSN, RN, CCRN
Patient Care Manager, Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center
Joliet, Ill.
Jacqueline Medland, PhD, RN
Vice President, Patient Care Services, Provena St. Joseph Medical Center
Darien, Ill.

Karen Reynolds, DNP, CNS-BC
Advanced Practice Nurse, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota, Fla.
Meredeth Rowe, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
Professor, Hughes Endowed Chair for Nursing Science, University of South Florida
Tampa, Fla.

Linda Rosenblatt, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Clinical Director, Methodist Healthcare
Germantown, Tenn.
Sandra Hugueley, MSN, RN, NE-BC                                                                   
Chief Nursing Officer/Associate Administrator, Methodist Extended Care Hospital
Cordova, Tenn.

Maryann Rubino, MS, BS, RN
Chief Nursing Officer and Director Resident of Geriatric Clinical Care Services, Mountain View Care Center
Moosic, Pa.
Michael Kondash, DO
Geriatric Board Certified Physician, Medical Director, Prime Med Medical Group
Clarks Summit, Pa.

Nicole Torres, RN
Director of Clinical Services, On Lok Lifeways
San Francisco, Calif.
Jay Luxenberg, MD
Chief Medical Officer, On Lok Lifeways
Greenbrae, Calif.

Stacey Watkins, MSN, RN
Director of 3 North, Central Baptist Hospital
Lexington, Ky.
Donna Corley, PhD, RN, CNE
Evidence Based Practice Consultant, Central Baptist Hospital; Professor of Baccalaureate & Graduate Nursing, Eastern Kentucky University
Lexington, Ky.


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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at

The Retirement Research Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for our nation’s elders. Based in Chicago, it is one of the nation’s first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. It awards grants each year in support of programs, research, advocacy and training to improve the quality of life for older Americans.

Founded in 1929, The John A. Hartford Foundation is a committed champion of training, research and service system innovations that promote the health and independence of America’s older adults. Through its grant making, the Foundation seeks to strengthen the nation’s capacity to provide effective, affordable care to this rapidly increasing older population by educating “aging-prepared” health professionals (physicians, nurses, social workers), and developing innovations that improve and better integrate health and supportive services. The Foundation was established by John A. Hartford. Mr. Hartford and his brother, George L. Hartford, both former chief executives of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, left the bulk of their estates to the Foundation upon their deaths in the 1950s. Additional information about the Foundation and it programs is available at

Hill-Rom is a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry, including patient support systems, safe mobility and handling solutions, non-invasive therapeutic products for a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions, medical equipment rentals, and information technology solutions. Hill-Rom's comprehensive product and service offerings are used by health care providers across the health care continuum in hospitals, extended care facilities and home care settings to enhance the safety and quality of patient care. Hill-Rom … enhancing outcomes for patients and their caregivers.


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