NEW YORK NURSE: October/November 2008
Lorie Goshin was one of eight “exceptional RNs” awarded scholarships from the March of Dimes for graduate studies in maternal-child nursing. Goshin, who is working toward a doctorate in nursing science at Columbia University, works with women and children who live together in a prison nursery program.
As a community coordinator for a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, Goshin is studying outcomes of a prison nursery program, helping maintain enrollment and delivery of experimental nursing care interventions to study participants. Her long-term career goals include completing independent nursing and multi-disciplinary research with incarcerated and recently released women and their families and teaching community and family health in a nursing education program.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Goshin has decided to pursue a research degree “because the dissemination of quality research allows nurses to ‘care for’ multiple people in need at one time.”
Retired nurse and consumer advocate Barbara Silber recently participated in the evaluation of research proposals submitted to the Peer Review Medical Research Program (PRMRP), sponsored by the Department of Defense (DOD). Silber was nominated to participate by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, based on her activities as a patient outreach volunteer. She was one of 35 consumer advocates working with molecular and genetic biochemistry scientists to determine how $50 million in federal funds will be spent on biomedical research.
Silber said, “We reviewed 38 novel scientific research proposals to bring innovative advances in treating patients with leukemia, myeloma, and related blood cancers. I’m pleased the DOD is addressing the growing incidence of blood cancers among current and past military personnel — I was honored to be nominated.”
Silber began her nursing career at The Brooklyn Hospital, where she observed one of their first open-heart surgeries. She then worked in the pediatrics unit at Long Island Jewish Medical Center at a time when one child per month was dying from leukemia. After moving to the Albany area, she worked at Albany Medical Center and Leonard Hospital in Troy. Before her retirement, Silber was instrumental in developing the first commercial telehealth contract in the Albany area and a program providing prenatal care for at-risk individuals in a 17-county area of upstate New York.
Mintie Indar-Maraj, a telemetry staff nurse at the Montefiore Medical Center Jack D. Weiler Hospital, received the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certified Specialty Nurse Award at the ANCC National Magnet Conference in October. The award is presented to nurses who are currently certified by the ANCC and who have made significant contributions in their area of clinical practice, education, research, or service. Indar-Maraj, a native of Guyana, has been a nurse for more than 30 years and also teaches nursing at the College of Mount Saint Vincent through an HRSA grant. She is a past NYSNA Research Fellow, served on NYSNA’s Continuing Education Review Team, and is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University. Indar-Maraj is certified by the ANCC in medical-surgical nursing and served as Chair of the ANCC Content Expert Panel (CEP). She is an active member of the Academy of Surgical Nurses and serves on their Research and Editorial committees. Indar-Maraj describes herself as “…a mentor, teacher, and dedicated to the medical-surgical specialty and certification.”