NEW YORK NURSE: October 2011
by Alison Munday
Pamela Stewart Fahs, professor and Decker Chair in Rural Nursing at Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing, was featured in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Binghamton Research. The publication is published annually by the Office of Research Advancement, and offers a sampling of the latest research and scholarly contributions of faculty at the university. In this recent issue Fahs is interviewed extensively in an article titled, ‘The Heart of the Matter: Educating women about heart attacks could save lives.’ Fahs discusses her collaboration with fellow NYSNA member, Melanie Kalman, associate professor and director of research in the College of Nursing at SUNY Upstate Medical University, on a project called “Matters of Your Heart.” Their goal is to develop an effective program to educate women about heart attack symptoms, and early warning signs. With the aid of an intramural grant from SUNY Upstate, Fahs and Kalman got the first phase of their project— a questionnaire and a pilot version of an educational presentation—off the ground among a group of 141 post-menopausal women. Fahs, a specialist in rural nursing concentrated on women in rural areas, and Kalman focused on those in urban Syracuse. They hope the second phase of research will extend to more women over a wider geographical area, and once their program is perfected, they plan to share it with hospitals, community health agencies and other healthcare organizations, perhaps even using technology such as cell phone applications, to give the presentation a broader reach. Fahs, editor of the Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, serves also as an external advisor to the Interdisciplinary Healthy Heart Center: Linking Rural Populations by Technology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She hopes the latest research with Kalman will include better outcomes for female victims of heart attack. “The more aware you are of the signs and symptoms…the better able you are to take a positive stance,” said Fahs. The article may be viewed at http://go.binghamton.edu/fall11.
NYSNA President Winnie Kennedy can expect to be busily occupied for the next two years. Days before taking over NYSNA’s helm at the annual convention in Niagara Falls in late September, Kennedy received word from the American Nurses Association that she had been appointed chair of the Subcommittee on Shirley Titus Award for a term running from September 2011 through December 31, 2012. The Shirley Titus Award was established in 1976 in recognition of Shirley Titus who, at the 1946 convention of the American Nurses Association, urged that ANA formally launch an economic and general welfare program. The purpose of the award is to recognize the contribution that an individual nurse has made in the ANA or in any of its labor/ workforce advocacy affiliates or economic and general welfare activities. In addition to these new responsibilities, Kennedy continues to work as a senior nurse clinician and co-chairs the LBU at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.
Thirty-year veteran nurse Bill Donovan of Mount Sinai Medical Center has been appointed to a four-year term on the American Nurses Association’s Committee for Nursing Practice Information Infrastructure. His term began in July 2011 and ends in June 2015. The committee’s responsibilities are developing and implementing a strategic plan for managing and preserving nursing’s information legacy; influencing health information policy at international, national and state levels; developing program initiatives, and disseminating knowledge about nursing’s information infrastructure, languages and classification systems. Donovan is a former chair of NYSNA’s Council on Nursing Practice.
We are saddened to report that Adele Herwitz, who served as an American Nurses Association (ANA) executive from 1952-1969, passed away in early September in Dedham, Massachusetts at the age of 92. Along with her work with the ANA, Herwitz is perhaps best known for her work as the founding executive director with the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) in Philadelphia, PA, a non-profit organization preparing foreign nurses for state licensing tests. Herwitz was remembered by the ANA as “a woman ahead of her times,” who “developed a high-powered career championing the causes of nurses around the world and who encouraged nurses to embrace their role as leaders.” She was the recipient of many awards over the years, including ANA’s Honorary Recognition Award. The CGFNS honored her role by creating the Adele Herwitz Distinguished Scholars’ program. Funeral services were held Sept. 8 in Brookline, Mass.
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