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STTI and Hill-Rom, Inc. announce 2016-2017 Gerontological Nursing Leadership Academy Participants

Mentored leadership experience promotes healthcare for older adults

INDIANAPOLIS — The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and Hill-Rom, Inc. today announced the participants and faculty comprising the 2016-2017 Gerontological Nursing Leadership Academy (GNLA). STTI’s International Leadership Institute administers the academy mentoring program thanks to a grant from Hill- Rom, Inc.

The GNLA is a prestigious, highly selective 18-month leadership development experience created for high-potential master’s degree-level nurses and experienced mentors. GNLA Fellows are successful mid-career nurses in leadership positions who are influencing care to older adults in healthcare or community settings. Each Fellow/Leadership Mentor pair is supported by a faculty advisor.

Since its inception, the GNLA has achieved important nursing outcomes. In a recent cohort of the academy, there was a 48 percent improvement of understanding and test scores regarding patient care providers’ knowledge of delirium; drug usage decreased by 1.47 medications per patient during a team project to improve polypharmacy in geriatric patients; and patient satisfaction increased by 5.3 percent.
“I congratulate all the new Gerontological Nursing Leadership Academy participants,” said STTI President Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN. “In addition to achieving significant professional growth, GNLA Fellows have an opportunity to make a substantial impact in the lives of the older adults.”
For more than 90 years, STTI has honored the best and brightest women and men in nursing. The honor society provides nurses with programs, resources, and opportunities such as those offered through the International Leadership Institute, including the GNLA. For more information about the GNLA, visit
2016-2017 Gerontological Nursing Leadership Academy Participants

Sharon Camp, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare North
Memphis, TN

Pearl Ed G. Cuevas, PhD, RN
Centro Escolar University
Manila, Philippines

Beth Culross, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, CRRN, FNGNA
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE

Mary Catherine Rawls, MS, BSN, RN-BC
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH

Marie Rogers, DNP, RN-BC, GCNS-BC
Sanford USD Medical Center
Sioux Falls, SD

Emily Simmons, MSN, RN-BC, CNL
University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital
Birmingham, AL

Nichole Spencer, MSN, APRN-C
Continuum Health Care
Overland Park, KS

Leadership Mentors
Rose Constantino, PhD, RN
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, BC, AGSF
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH

Kellie Flood, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Birmingham, AL

Terri Himelrick, MSN, RN 
Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare North
Memphis, TN

Mona Hohman, MS, RN

Sanford Health Network
Sioux Falls, SD

Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA
The Hurley Group
San Diego, CA

Angela Norman, DNP, GNP, ACNP
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR

Faculty Advisors
Claudia Beverly, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR

Nelma Shearer PhD, RN, FAAN
Arizona State University
Phoenix, AZ

Leadership Consultant
Deborah Cleeter, MSN, EdD, RN
Sawgrass Leadership Institute
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL


About STTI
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

STTI’s International Leadership Institute offers leadership programs, mentoring opportunities, and career development resources designed to enhance leadership skills, individual abilities, and talents. The STTI International Leadership Institute administers academies and mentoring programs in maternal-child health, board leadership, gerontological nursing leadership, leadership development, and nurse faculty leadership.
About Hill-Rom, Inc.
Hill-Rom is a leading global medical technology company with approximately 10,000 employees worldwide.  We partner with healthcare providers in more than 100 countries by focusing on patient care solutions that improve clinical and economic outcomes in five core areas: Advancing Mobility, Wound Care and Prevention, Clinical Workflow, Surgical Safety and Efficiency and Respiratory Health. Around the world, Hill-Rom's people, products, and programs work towards one mission: Every day, around the world, we enhance outcomes for patients and their caregivers.

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