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William F. Connell School of Nursing

2009 News Archive

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Educator receives distinguished award for leadership in nurse advocacy

Jane Flanagan has been recognized for her contributions in the Nurse Practitioner field.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Connell School of Nursing students share reflections about their recent trip to Lourdes, France, with the Order of Malta.

A living legend

Gordon named Living Legend by American Academy of Nursing 

Building community bridges

Students lead breast health awareness event; program builds community ties   

Best education paper

Nursing Outlook honors Dean Gennaro's article as best education paper of the year  

Swiss visiting scholar

Nurse leader visits Connell School to talk about what America can learn from Swiss health care

Connell School to further thrombosis education

Proceeds from fundraiser will go toward thrombosis training for nursing students   

New editor named for NANDA International journal

Flanagan appointed editor of the International Journal of Nursing Terminologies and Classifications 

Mass nurses may help form largest nurses union in US history

Associate professor Judith Shindul-Rothschild comments in a Boston Globe front-page story   

Burgess honor is two-fold

Pioneer in forensic nursing Ann Burgess receives award that is named for her   

Inclusive leadership in nursing

Associate Dean Read launches program to prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds to be nursing leaders

"I believe this about nursing"

Alumna writes winning essay for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

Award named for Burgess

Ann Burgess to receive inaugural forensic nursing award that will bear her name   

Rising star

PhD student honored by Emergency Nurses Association

Editor of international journal

Jane Flanagan appointed editor of the International Journal of Nursing Terminologies and Classifications   

National book award

Pamela Grace receives 2009 National Book Award for her book on nursing ethics   

Sexual risk in adolescent males

Harris awarded grants to examine sexual behaviors among urban African American adolescent males  

Real-world education

Katya Wheelwright '12 spent her summer teaching disease prevention in Ugandan schools  

In memoriam

Remembering the generosity of Eunice Kennedy Shriver   

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Students reflect on a transformative experience 

International community nursing

Connell School honors alumna with inaugural Dean Rita Kelleher Award   

Infant abductions

Burgess quoted as expert in article   

Doctoral candidate awarded Janssen Scholarship

Marchetti chosen as 2009 Janssen Scholar by American Psychiatric Nurses Association 

Wolfe selected for prestigious national fellowship to improve health care

Associate Dean for Research Barbara Wolfe has been named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow.

Connell School alumna co-hosts discussion featuring President Obama

AARP president Jennie Chin Hansen '70 co-hosted a "Tele-Town Hall" on Tuesday, July 28, during which President Obama answered questions about health care reform.   

Undergraduate student presents research findings at conference

Elizabeth Johnson, a senior in the Connell School of Nursing and an undergraduate research fellow, presented the initial findings from the study of Nursing Theory and Education: A Survey Analysis at the Roy Adaptation Association Tenth Annual Conference. 

Tufts Loan Forgiveness Program recipients named

Five students enrolled in the nurse teaching certificate program have been awarded forgivable loans by Tufts Health Plan.   

Terreri appointed to ANCC role delineation study panel

Clinical Instructor Pamela Terreri was chosen to participate on a role delineation study panel for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)'s Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing exam.   

Student's upcoming trip to Uganda featured in MetroWest Daily News

Katya Wheelwright '12, who is currently preparing to travel to Uganda to work in a clinic and teach disease prevention, was recently profiled in The MetroWest Daily News.   

Grace featured as guest on Hospice Radio

This past week, Associate Professor Pamela Grace offered her expertise on issues of medical ethics as a guest on the successful internet radio program "Hospice Radio."   

Undergraduate student begins VALOR internship at the Bedford VA

Connell School student Margaret O'Connor, class of 2010, has recently begun her summer internship at the Bedford Veteran's Administration (VA) Hospital. 

New diversity board at the Connell School

The Connell School has renewed its commitment to developing and nurturing a diverse nursing workforce through the formation of a Diversity Advisory Board. 

Nursing student breaks track and field school records

Connell School student Kelsey Huckins '12 is the new record-holder for Boston College's women's track and field team in both the 20-pound weight and hammer throw.   

Amar recieves NIH funding to examine reporting of dating violence

Assistant Professor Angela Amar has been awarded funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH for her project entitled "Help seeking in college women," to determine attitudes and beliefs associated with reporting dating violence in college women.   

Undergraduate students receive Advanced Study Grants

Erin Kesler '11 and Katherine "Katya" Wheelwright '12 have been awarded 2009 Boston College Advanced Study Grants. The grants are given to recognize and support first- and second- year students whose studies reflect particular ambition and originality.  

Alumna named chief nursing officer, VP at Hallmark Health

As chief nursing officer and vice president for patient care services, Nancy Gaden MS '87 will oversee nursing and the other departments that comprise patient care services at both Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, Massachusetts and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.  

Master's entry student to start homelessness prevention service

Master's entry student Shandon Halland has been selected as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, an award through which students in health professions carry out service projects in underserved communities.   

Alumna honored by Secretary of VA

Cecilia McVey '72 is the recipient of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs award for advancing nursing programs. The prestigious honor, given by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki, recognizes a medical center or health care system nurse executive for nurse support, professional development, and recruitment/retention.   

Gregory awarded NIH mentored training grant

Katherine Gregory, assistant professor, has received a mentored training grant from the NIH to support her work on necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants.  

"Inspirational" alumna awarded fellowship for training in MS nursing

Megan Scully '06 was awarded the John Dystel Fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis Nursing, which offers registered nurses advanced training in MS nursing care.   

Doctoral candidate recognized for outstanding diversity initiatives

Deborah Washington, doctoral candidate at the Connell School and director of the Patient Care Services Diversity Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, recently received the inaugural Arnold Z. Rosoff "Agent of Change Award."   

Connell School student chosen for top Commencement honor

Connell School of Nursing student Lauren "Elle" Fadely was honored with Boston College's top Commencement award as the winner of this year's Edward H. Finnegan, SJ, Memorial Award.   

Aruda receives Distinguished Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award

The Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners has awarded Assistant Professor Mary Aruda the 2009 Distinguished Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award, recognizing her outstanding contributions to nurse practitioner practice and commitment to providing quality health care to all.  

Margot C. Connell receives honorary degree from Boston College

Margot C. Connell, generous supporter of healthcare and educational institutions and the wife of the late William F. Connell, for whom the nursing school is named, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Boston College's commencement ceremony on May 18.   

Master’s entry student singled out as extraordinary activist

Ashley Younger’s work in Mattapan’s Haitian community was highlighted by the president of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, a national nonprofit organization that sponsors fellows devoted to serving humanity, in an article on bostonist.com. 

Donated books to benefit nursing schools in Rwanda

Books donated by Connell School faculty and students were brought to Rwanda this month by Team Heart, a volunteer group based out of Brigham and Women's Hospital that performs cardiac surgeries for rheumatic heart disease. 

Gregory receives funding for premature infant health research

Assistant Professor Katherine Gregory has received grant funding from the Harvard Clinical Nutrition Research Center for her research on metabolic aspects of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants.   

AARP president Jennie Chin Hansen '70 profiled in Minority Nurse

As the first Asian American president of AARP, Jennie Chin Hansen brings a unique combination of nursing expertise, advocacy, and cultural competence to the national dialogue on ensuring quality health care for older Americans.  

Shindul-Rothschild chosen for workgroup on emergency room safety

Associate Professor Judith Shindul-Rothschild has been appointed to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) workgroup on best practices in the emergency room for psychiatric patients.  

Doctoral student presents winning oral presentation

Connell School doctoral student Lisa Wolf was awarded the 3rd place award for PhD student oral presentation at the 2009 Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Conference.   

Undergraduate student chosen as oncology student nursing fellow

Elizabeth Johnson '10 was awarded the Carol A. Ghiloni Oncology Nursing Fellowship from Massachusetts General Hospital.

PhD student receives oncology nursing scholarship

PhD student Clare Butt has been awarded an Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Doctoral Scholarship for 2009-2010. Her research involves a pilot study of a workshop to support hope in midlife cancer survivors. 

Vallent and Barone selected to attend Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium

Clinical Instructor Heather Vallent and Assistant Clinical Professor Stacey Barone have been chosen to attend GNEC, the Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium.   

Aruda elected chair of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Content Expert Panel

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) recently appointed Assistant Professor Mary Aruda as chair of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Content Expert Panel.   

Student's research findings featured in interactive slideshow

Elizabeth Ryan '09, who was given an award for best presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in February, presents her findings. Click "open slideshow" to hear about Elizabeth's topic. 

Connell School students featured on WBUR

Rachel Weinstein '09 and Dinah Essien '09 talk about changes in the job market for a story featured on WBUR, Boston's NPR station. 

Marathoners run to support brother

Connell School student Kristen Padulsky will run the Boston Marathon in memory of her brother Tim, who passed away from leukemia in September. Padulsky, along with her brother Stephen, will raise money for the memorial fund they established in Tim's honor to benefit patients and families at the floating hospital for children.   

Gennaro and Wolfe to serve on NIH study sections, Wolfe named chair

Connell School Dean Susan Gennaro and Associate Dean for Research Barbara Wolfe have both been asked to serve on study sections for the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).   

Krozy honored with Hispanic Service Award

Ronna Krozy, associate professor of community health, is the first faculty recipient of the Hispanic Service Award for her commitment to the Hispanic community.   

Gregory receives Harvard Catalyst Pilot Grant

Assistant professor of nursing Katherine Gregory, along with her investigative team, was awarded a Harvard Catalyst Pilot Grant to study the microbiome aspects of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants. 

Faculty members receive awards for education, research

The Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses honored Susan Emery, nurse anesthesia program director, and Dorothy Jones, professor of adult health, with awards recognizing their contributions to the field of nursing. 

Annual Sled Hockey Benefit Game: March 24, 6:00 pm

In what has turned into a successful and fun annual tradition, students from Boston College will face off against students from the Massachusetts Hospital School in a sled hockey game, proceeds of which will benefit the sled hockey program at the Canton school for children and young adults with disabilities.   

"Taking caring and excellence to another level every day"

Angela Amar, assistant professor of psych/mental health at the Connell School, was honored with the Excellence in Nursing Award from the New England Regional Black Nurses Association.   

Doctoral student awarded scholarship to attend oncology nursing research conference

Clare Butt, second year doctoral student at the Connell School of Nursing, has been selected as one of the recipients of an Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation Scholarship for the ONS 10th National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research. 

Connell School undergraduates take part in research symposium

On February 6, 2009, three Connell School students participated in the annual Boston College Undergraduate Research Symposium. Elizabeth Johnson, Elizabeth Long, and Elizabeth Ryan all displayed posters and gave presentations.  

Faculty member honored with family research award

Dr. Rosanna DeMarco, associate professor of community health, is the 2009 recipient of The Suzanne Feetham Nurse Scientist Family Research Award, given by the Eastern Nursing Research Society.   

Shindul-Rothschild responds to labor trends for new nursing graduates

Connell School associate professor Judith Shindul-Rothschild is quoted in a Boston Business Journal report about the job market for new nursing graduates, pointing to strong long term demand for nurses.   

PhD Student awarded grant for simulation scenario development

PhD student Brian French, along with his team of nurse researchers from the Institute for Patient Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been given a grant for simulation scenario development.   

Faculty member receives an inspiring thank you

Clinical assistant professor Holly Fontenot wrote an article for the British Medical Journal about a truly moving thank you letter she received.