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Professor Susan DeSanto-Madeya has been named a 2016 Sojourns Scholar by Cambia Health Foundation, as part of its initiative to advance palliative care in the U.S. She is one of 10 physicians and nurses selected from around the country for Cambia Health Foundation’s Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program. Each Scholar receives a two-year, $180,000 grant to fund research, clinical, educational, or policy projects to advance palliative care. A national palliative care leader serves as a mentor to each Scholar, further broadening his or her learning and leadership development opportunities.
Professor Ann Wolbert Burgess, a pioneer in the field of forensic nursing and an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of victims of trauma and abuse, has been designated a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing, the academy’s highest honor. Burgess is one of five nurses being recognized this year by the AAN as Living Legends for their multiple contributions to the nursing profession and society and in recognition of the continuing impact of their contributions to the provision of health services in the United States and throughout the world.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Roy Adaptation Model, which is currently being taught and practiced by nurses worldwide. Since the development of her theory, Sister Callista Roy has been named a Living Legend, received five honorary doctorate degrees, inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Hall of Fame, and has spoken in over 35 countries.
The American Academy of Nursing recently announced the 2016 Class of New Fellows. The Academy fellows represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 28 other countries. Congratulations to Danny Willis for his accomplishment as a nurse leader!
CSON Alum Appointed New Deputy Director for Management
Congratulations to Maureen Gormley, who graduated with a BSN from Boston College's Connell School of Nursing! Since graduating, Gormley also received her MPH at Yale University school of Medicine and then her PhD at Fielding Graduate University. She has served a variety of leadership positions within the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH), including Chief Operating Officer. Today, Gormley has just recently been appointed to be the new Deputy Director for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
Chenille Morrison, BS, RN, CSON ‘14, shares her experience transitioning from a student in KILN to a nurse in the ER.
Scholars and mentors were recognized on May 3rd, 2016 for their leadership, accomplishments and active participation in KILN.
Fred Vautour works night shifts as a janitor at Boston College to put all five of his children through college tuition - free. All of them graduated from Boston College, and the youngest, Alicia Vautour, graduated from the Connell School of Nursing on Monday, May 23rd, 2016.
The Connell School of Nursing recently dedicated their new laboratory to the Browns who gifted the school with a training facility complete with hospital beds, manikens, and training models.
Renee Bichette, a student in the Connell School of Nursing and athlete for Boston College's fencing team, has placed seventh in the NCAA fencing championship. Also named Eagle of the Week, Bichette is not only an accomplished athlete, but also an accomplished student and was nominated for the ACC Scholar - Athlete award. Congratulations, Renee!
KILN event allows undergraduate students to meet alumni, hear their stories, and be inspired to be the best that they can be.
Using a variety of criteria such as tuition, financial aid, admission rate, graduation rate, class size, and students' ratings, out of more than 500 nursing schools across the United States, Boston College's William F. Connell School of Nursing has been ranked #7 among Nursing Schools nationwide on College Resource Network for the year 2015 - 2016.
CSON student, Chiamaka Okorie '17, has been named the 2016 winner of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship - an award given to juniors who have demonstrated high academic achievement, extracurricular leadership, and community service.
Melissa Sutherland, Associate Professor of the Connell School of Nursing, was recently awarded a Fulbright award to Chile.
Kayla Fernando, a writer for Boston College's The Heights, explores the Connell School of Nursing's history, its mission, and its vision for the future.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital named Colleen Nuzzolese its Associate of the Year for 2015. Nuzzolese graduated from the Boston College Connell School of Nursing in 2011.
Dr. Sara Looby, CSON Alumna, was one of six people who were awarded the 2016 Claflin Distinguished Scholars Award by MGH.
Marguerite Minshall, Connell School of Nursing Class of 2013, was recently awarded the SuperStar Award for the second quarter of FY16 by MedStar.
Since graduating from the MSE program in 2005, Dr. Alane O' Connor has since joined a family practice in Maine, completed her DNP at Vanderbilt, and has done a tremendous amount of work regarding the study of pregnant women and substance abuse. She has recently helped develop a healthier alternative to opiods called Subutex which, in large doses, does not produce as adverse effects on the newborn child.
Nursing Alumna Jennie Chin Hansen, former president of AARP and formerly the CEO of the American Geriatrics Society, was recently named one of the top 50 people, most influential in aging.
Sonia Chiamaka Okorie ’17 presented research at the conference from her summer fellowship in Ghana and called it an uplifting experience.
A leading provider of health care analytics and solutions, will sustain its fellowship, which is awarded to outstanding Connell School of Nursing graduate students who are expanding their studies in oncology, endocrinology or other clinical specialties.
Professor Ann Wolbert Burgess received the Outstanding Professional Award from The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
The Coca-Cola Company and Foundation has pledged $100,000 to Connell School of Nursing’s Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing (KILN) Program.
Carroll Professor Judith Vessey works toward a bullying screening tool to assist health care providers.
Connell School of Nursing junior volunteered in Ghana this past summer as an Amanda V. Houston Fellow.
Doctoral candidate Aimee Milliken will present her research paper in Houston, Texas at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.
Associate Professor Melissa Sutherland has been named a 2015 Nurse of the Year by the Massachusetts Chapter of the March of Dimes.
Carolina Lopes, M.S. ’16 has been selected to participate in a student leadership program.
Sonia Chiamaka Okorie '17, traveled to Africa in the summer of 2015 after receiving the Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship from Boston College.