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spring 2007 news


Patricia Triggs ’61 served as interim dean of nursing following her retirement as director of nursing at Holyoke Community College.  She also received a Distinguished Service Award from the college.

Ann Hurley ’63, co-authored “The Medication Administration System – Nurses Assessment of Satisfaction (MAS-NAS) Scale,” published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship 38:3 (2006).  This study was supported by an AHRQ grant to Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Center for Excellence in Nursing Practice.

Mary Ellen Doona ’67 published two articles for Clio’s Corner, a column in the Massachusetts Report on Nursing: “History of Nursing Archives: Forty Years Young,” September 2006 and “Sophia Palmer, Mary E. P. Davis and the American Journal of Nursing,” December 2006. Mary Ellen also wrote, “Vita Paladino named director of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center” in the September issue.

Elizabeth Kudzma ’67 MS ’69 published an article, “Florence Nightingale and health reform,” in Nursing Science Quarterly, 2006.

Linda Tenofsky ’69 received the 2006 Academic Advisor of the Year Award from Curry College.


Antoinette Hays ’74
has recently been appointed dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Regis College. 

Susan LaRocco ’76 published an article, “Who will teach the nurses?” in Academe, 2006.

Kathy Mancuso Regan ’76 had a book published and released in November of 2006, entitled Opening Our Arms: Helping Troubled Kids Do Well. The book describes the journey she and the staff took on a child psychiatric unit in transforming the care they provided to children to a model that was more humane, trauma-sensitive and child-

Ann Marie La Rocca ’78, associate chief nurse at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, presented a paper, “Growing our own: A program to develop nurse leaders,” at the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses’ Annual Education Conference.  She also served on the panel of nurse executives judging the entries for Best Nurse Leader for Advance for Nurses.

Karen Aroian MS ’79
co-authored “Recruiting and retaining Arab Muslim mothers and children for research,” in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship 38:3 (2006).

Pat Maguire ’79
has been named director of nursing at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Massachusetts.


Jacqueline Somerville ’80 discussed the impact of patient input into design decisions for the new Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, including the use of natural light, colors, indoor and outdoor gardens, and family-friendly facilities.  This was one of the innovative healing environments lauded in “Tomorrow’s health care today,” published in Advance for Nurses October 9, 2006.

Kathleen Beyerman MS ’82 was a featured speaker at the Nursing Research Day sponsored by Win-chester Hospital in October 2006.

Diane Carroll ’82 PhD ’93 and Laurel Radwin MS ’85 have been appointed as nurse researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Yvonne Munn Center for Nursing Research.  These newly created positions reward Diane’s and Laurel’s established records in, respectively, cardiovascular nursing and clinical expertise for patient-centered nursing for acutely ill patients.

Anne Fryer ’87 MS ’91 has recently exchanged her role as a consultant practice to become the director of nursing practice, education and research at Northeast Health Systems (Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals).

Mary Jane Costa PhD ’98, director of cardiac services at North Shore Medical Center, was named 2006 Best Nurse Leader in Advance for Nurses’ award process.

Denise Farrell-Sanseverino MS ’89 was selected to receive the Robert H. Ebert Teaching Award, for her roles as an exemplary clinician and clinical teacher. This award reflects Dr. Ebert’s dream that Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care would be a first class health care organization with teaching and research as deeply cherished objectives.


Carolyn Hayes PhD ’99 is the 2006 recipient of two Partners in Excellence Awards from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, presented at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. One she received individually as the director of the center for patients and families and the Women’s Center, the other she shared for her work with the patient navigator program.


Karen Daley MS ’04
was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in November 2006. Daley was also recently honored as a Living Legend in nursing by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (MARN). 

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