NEW YORK NURSE: December 2010
by Alison Munday
Terry Fulmer, an expert in geriatric care and elder abuse and the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing at the College of Dentistry at New York University, received two honors recently. In October, Fulmer was inducted into the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a highly respected appointment in the fields of health and medicine, recognizing individuals whose research, knowledge and skills have resulted in major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. Fulmer was also recently elected to the IOM Committee on Oral Health Initiative. In November, she was honored by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and the John A. Hartford Foundation as the 2010 Nurse Leader in Aging. The award acknowledges the critical importance of gerontological nursing in meeting the health and healthcare needs of the U.S. population, and is given for accomplishments representing unique and outstanding leadership in nursing education, research, and practice. Fulmer was lauded by AAN CEO Cheryl Sullivan as “distinguishing herself through advancing new areas of knowledge and in improving the quality of life for the aging at risk for abuse and neglect.”
Sarah Marshall, a clinical instructor in the undergraduate nursing program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and a patient educator for the Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in the Classified Service. Marshall has been a member of the SUNY Downstate team for more than 30 years. In her capacity as patient educator, she develops, coordinates, and participates in community outreach programs and projects such as the Expectant Family Education Program, and numerous support groups for patients. She is liaison/case manager for Downstate’s Healthy Living Partnership with the American Cancer Society, which provides services to underinsured or uninsured women. As a clinical instructor, she collaborated with the Chi Eta Phi sorority, and was instrumental in designing and coordinating a nurse mentoring program that became a nationwide model.
Michelle Swygert, a unit manager in the behavioral health department of the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and a nurse practitioner with the Hospice and Immigration Health Service, has been named D’Youville College Alumni Association president. Swygert served for five years on the Alumni Association board of directors. She earned her bachelor’s degree from D’Youville College in Buffalo in 1998, and pursued a master’s degree at the University of Buffalo. D’Youville’s alumni association is far-reaching, with alums residing on six different continents. It is active in sponsoring family-oriented events and volunteer opportunities in the community, including Habitat for Humanity, Friends of the Night People and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.
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