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                   Volume 8, No. 2

What Does
Your DNA Say
About You?

A New Tool
for Primary Care
                                               08   Nursing leads           13   Spit Camp teaches          14   2012 Nursing Alumni

Duke Nursing
                                                    genomics initiatives         students to test saliva         Association Awards
                                                    in research, clinical        for genetic information
                                                    practice, and the
     magazine                                       classroom
     Volume 8, No. 2                                                             A L S O I N T H I S I SS U E
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                                                                            03 DNP students promote advance directives                                                       Medical and nursing students learn together
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     Duke Nursing                                                           06 Nursing research team chosen to support medicine
     Alumni Affairs Staff                      19   Reunion 2012
     Fran Mauney, Associate Dean,                                                New event celebrates clinical excellence
     Development and Alumni Relations
     Sallie Ellinwood, Director                                                  Stanley, BSN’71, is 2012-2014 Alumni Council president
     of Development
     Amelia Howle, Director, Alumni
                                                                            07   Four PhD, DNP students named Jonas Scholars
     Relations and Annual Programs
                                                                            21   Class Notes
     Ginger Griffin, Staff Assistant
                                                                            25 Patel , MSN’09, diagnoses her own thyroid cancer
     Marty Fisher
                                                                               using physical exam class skills
     Contributing Writers                                                   28 Obituaries
     Bernadette Gillis, Whitney L.J. Howell,
     Marilyn M. Lombardi, Jim Rogalski         20 Building dedication
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     David Pickel,             Pearson, BSN’84
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Nursing Board of Advisors
                                                                                                  dean’s welcome
Charles C. (Charlie) McIlvaine, T’87
(Chair), Darien, Conn.
Christy W. Bell
Newark, N.J.
Mary Martin D. Bowen, MA’59
Decatur, Ga.
The Honorable Wanda G. Bryant, T’77
Raleigh, N.C.
Steven G. Clipp
                                            A Community Committed
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Christopher A. (Chris) Downey
                                            to Innovation and Excellence
Foothill Ranch, Calif.
Martha Ann Harrell
Fayetteville, N.C.                          In this issue, our story on genetics and     the volume of news included on the
Thomas D. Jones                             personalized medicine provides a glimpse     achievements of our alumni, faculty, and
Menlo Park, Calif.                          of activity in support of our strategic      students. The engagement of our alumni
Diana J. Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN, DHL (Hon.)
                                            priorities, particularly in innovation and   is notable and meaningful to me. It
New York, N.Y.
                                            curriculum updating. In this case, we are    suggests what many of you have reported
Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, T’73
Rochester, N.Y.                             exploring how to bring genomics into our     to me—that you are impressed by the
Anne F. McKay                               educational programs, nursing research,      work of our faculty, staff, and students
Creedmoor, N.C.                             and the clinical practice of our faculty     and proud to be an alumna/us of our
Susan B. Meister, PhD, RN, FAAN
                                            and students.                                School of Nursing. Alumni bring wisdom
Hampton, N.H.
                                                Just a few years ago, a course in        and perspective to our community. We
Cynthia W. Vanek
Vero Beach, Fla.                            nursing and genomics would have been         have benefited from generous gifts of
                                            unheard of. This spring, we piloted          time, talent, and treasure, and examples
                                            an interdisciplinary elective course,        of alumni gifts are included in this issue.
Nursing Alumni Council
                                            co-taught by Jennifer Dungan of our          The accomplishments of our alumni,
July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013
                                            faculty and Sara Katsanis of the Duke        faculty, staff, and students represent our
                                            Institute for Genome Sciences and            commitment to the tradition of excellence
Joan M. Stanley, BSN’71
President                                   Policy. The course provided students         and innovation that has been a hallmark
Kathleen E. V. Gallagher, BSN’75            with a solid understanding of genetics       of Duke for so many years.
Past President                              and genomics and the skills for using            Taken in total, I think you will find
Jo Ellen Holt, ABSN’08, MSN’10              that knowledge in the delivery of            that this issue supports the notion that
                                            clinical care. Students elected to receive   we have prepared distinguished leaders
                                            a review of their own genomes using the      for many years—and we continue to
Charis E. Ackerson, ABSN’08
Sally B. Addison, BSN’60                    commercial product 23andMe.                  innovate to maintain that leading edge.
Shane D. Anderson, ABSN’10                      Genomics research now being              I hope you will enjoy walking through
Bonnie C. Bauer, BSN’65
Cheryl A. Brewer, MSN’94                    conducted by our own Drs. Mike               the pages of this issue.
Rosemary Brown, MSN’94, DNP’10              Scott and Allison Vorderstrasse will
Meg Carman, MSN’98, DNP’10
                                            add to the body of knowledge about
Libby H. Carver, MSN’02
Sarah K. Donnellan, ABSN’09                 personalized medicine and how it can be
Margaret M. Edwards, BSN’70                 applied in the clinical setting. Both are
Susan M. Glover, BSN’70
Leigh H. Holt, BSN’84                       interested in how genomic information
Katie Sligh Moore, ABSN’07                  may change patients’ behavior to help
Meredith T. Park, ABSN’11                                                                Catherine Lynch Gilliss, BSN’71, DNSc, RN, FAAN
                                            minimize health risks. This innovative
Christine S. Pearson, BSN’84                                                             Dean and Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Nursing   01 DUKENURSINGSUMMER2012
Melissa T. Peters, ABSN’07, CRNA’11         work is becoming commonplace at              Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs
Kay Bunting Randolph, BSN’58                Duke University School of Nursing, as
Ruth C. Scharf, BSN’80
Richard R. Welch, C’02                      evidenced by the $3.1 million research
Bertha R. Williams, MSN’96                  portfolio we received from the National
Marianne Tango Williams, BSN’81
                                            Institutes of Health (NIH) during the
Lindsay A. Wojciechowski, ABSN’04, MSN’05
                                            2011 NIH fiscal year.
                                                As I reviewed the contents of this
                                            issue of our magazine, I was struck by
fa c u l t y a p p o i n t m e n t s

  New Faculty Appointments

  Diane L. Kelly, DrPH, MBA, RN, has          Nursing. A residency component serves
  been appointed as lead faculty member       as the capstone experience, integrating
  of the Population Care Coordinator          coursework with skills learned, to give
  Certificate Program, a new educational      students real-world understanding and               Diane L. Kelly          Shari Rushton
  partnership between Duke University         experience in the role of a Population
  School of Nursing and Horizon Health        Care Coordinator.                            signal transduction and a clinical
  Innovations, a Horizon Blue Cross and                                                    heart failure project while she was a
  Blue Shield of New Jersey company.          Shari Rushton, MSN’03, MS,                   trainee in the Clinical Environmental
  Kelly earned a bachelor of science in       RN, CCM, has been appointed as an            Science Program, a joint program of
  nursing degree from West Virginia           assistant professor in the Population        the National Institute of Environmental
  University School of Nursing, a master      Care Coordinator Certificate Program.        Health Science, the University of
  of business administration from the         She earned a bachelor of science in          North Carolina, and Duke University.
  University of Utah, and a doctorate         nursing degree from the University           Her honors also include receiving a
  from the University of North Carolina       of Iowa, a master of biomedical              critical care nursing fellowship from
  Gillings School of Global Public            science in physiology degree from the        Mayo Medical Center in 1996 and
  Health. Her doctoral studies focused on     Mayo Graduate School of Biomedical           being inducted to Sigma Theta Tau
  health policy and administration with a     Science, and a master of science in          International in in 1993.
  minor in leadership, while her research     nursing degree from Duke University
  focused on organizational performance       School of Nursing.
                                                                                              Look for these new faculty coming
  in public health settings.                      Rushton has several years of clinical
                                                                                              this summer and fall:
      Kelly’s textbook, Applying Quality      experience in critical care. She also
                                                                                              Marilyn Hockenberry, PhD, RN-CS,
  Management in Healthcare: A Systems         has care coordination experience as
                                                                                              PNP-BC, FAAN, currently a nurse scientist
  Approach, now in its third edition,         a patient resource manager covering             and director of the pediatric nurse prac-
  is used in doctor of nursing practice       medical, surgical, pediatric, and critical      titioner program at the Texas Children’s
  and master of health administration         care patients.                                  Cancer Center and consulting professor
  programs throughout the country.                                                            at Duke University School of Nursing.
                                                  In addition, she has provided case
                                                                                              Wei Pan, PhD, currently associate
      The Population Care Coordinator         management for patients referred
                                                                                              professor of quantitative research meth-
  Program is an online collaborative          for admission to various levels of              odology at the University of Cincinnati
  training program, supplemented with         rehabilitation services. Her research           School of Education.
  three intensive sessions at the School of   experience includes bench work in

  Merwin Appointed Executive Vice Dean                                                                care delivery systems.”
                                                                                                         Merwin was elected to
  Elizabeth “Beth” Merwin, PhD, RN,           for Healthcare Research                                 the American Academy of
  FAAN, has accepted the position of          and Quality.                                            Nursing in 1994 and in 2008
  executive vice dean of Duke University         “Dr. Merwin is an                                    received the Distinguished
  School of Nursing effective July            accomplished nursing and                                Professor Award from the
  1, 2012. As the first executive vice        health services researcher                              School of Nursing at the
  dean, she will lead the academic and        whose work has focused                                  University of Virginia. She
  research enterprises. Currently, she        on improving care for                                   holds a PhD in Health
  is the Madge M. Jones Professor of          underserved and rural populations,”          Services Organization and Research,
  Nursing and associate dean for research     said Dean Catherine L. Gilliss, BSN’71,      a master of science in nursing from
  at the University of Virginia (UVA)         DNSc, RN, FAAN. “She is nationally           Virginia Commonwealth University, and
  School of Nursing. She is a member          recognized for innovative academic           a bachelor of science in nursing from
  of the Healthcare Systems and Value         initiatives and has built a distinguished    Radford College.
  Research study section of the Agency        career, both in academia and in health

DNP Students Help
1,007 People Sign
Advance Directives
“Are the people who are most important to
you aware of your end of life wishes?” That
question was asked repeatedly this spring
from 47 students in the Doctor of Nursing

                                                                                                                                                 MATTHEW WRIGHT
Practice program, whose goal was to inspire
at least 1,000 people to sign advance
directives—also known as living wills.
                                               Medical students Matthew W. Hollar (left) and Nazaneen Homaifar, T’06, (far right) collaborate
     “We all basically worked within our          with Victoria S. Kaprielian, MD, HS’85-’88, a professor in Duke’s Department of Community
own circles of influence—patients, family,              and Family Medicine; and ABSN Student Katie Smith during a small group simulation.
friends—to educate them about why this
is important, and help them complete the       Nursing and Medicine
necessary forms,” says Katherine Pereira,      Come Together to Learn
MSN’02, DNP’12, a Duke University
School of Nursing assistant professor and
coordinator of the school’s Family Nurse       Medicine is moving rapidly toward a team-
Practitioner program.                          based approach, where physicians, nurses,
    The students asked people to think         and other providers collaborate closely to
about whether they would want measures         manage chronic disease and prevent illness
such as CPR or a breathing machine if they     among populations of patients.
were gravely ill and dying, and to imagine         To help future doctors and nurses
their family making decisions on their         understand each other’s roles on the
behalf. Advance directives help to ease that   health care team and explore ways to              Medical Student Harold J. Boutte and ABSN
burden, they explained.                        promote optimal patient care and safety,        Student Marissa A. Moncayo team up to learn
    The assignment was part of the DNP         175 students and faculty from Duke                  more about how professionals from their
program’s Health Systems Transformation        University’s schools of nursing and
                                                                                              respective fields can work together effectively.
class, and centered around the Fifth Annual    medicine convened in March.                     and physicians.
National Health Care Decision Day on               Faculty facilitated a discussion of             CND Director Margie Molloy, MSN,
April 16. The students worked on the           roles and responsibilities as outlined          RN, CNE, said an important goal was for
assignment from late January to the end of     in the national TeamSTEPPS initiative.          each student to gain an appreciation for
April and surpassed their goal by helping      TeamSTEPPS training is an evidence-based        the roles of nurses, physicians, and other
1,007 people sign advance directives.          teamwork system developed by the                health care professionals, and to explore
    Students used various methods to           U.S. Department of Health and Human             ways to communicate more efficiently
achieve the goal, but one of the most                                                                                                                             03 DUKENURSINGSUMMER2012
                                               Services aimed at improving patient             and support each other in a patient care
important products of the assignment,          outcomes by encouraging the development         situation.
Pereira says, was educating students in the    of communication and teamwork skills                “This is a very exciting undertaking
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing     among health care professionals.                for us here at the School of Nursing,”
program to “plant the seed for the next            During 15 small group simulations in        Molloy said. “Collaborating on the
generation of nurses to care about this        the Center for Nursing Discovery (CND)          TeamSTEPPS training will provide a
issue. Young people don’t necessarily think    at the School of Nursing, students took         win-win learning experience for all the
about these things.”                           turns filling the roles of patients, nurses,    students who participate.”
Nevidjon Receives 2012                    of Duke University                                     the Council for Graduate
ANA Honorary Award                        Hospital, president of                                 Education for Administration
                                          the Oncology Nursing                                   in Nursing, among others.
Brenda Nevidjon, BSN’72, MSN, RN,         Society, and chair of                                      Nevidjon has written four
FAAN, a clinical professor at Duke        the school’s Faculty                                   books, 20 book chapters,
University School of Nursing, has         Governance Association.                                and numerous journal
been selected by the American Nurses      Her leadership                                         articles and editorials on
Association (ANA) board of directors      contributions are well                                 leadership and oncology
to receive the 2012 ANA Honorary          known,” Gilliss said.                                  nursing. She was a fellow
Recognition Award for her distinguished       Nevidjon is a trustee of the            in the inaugural class of the Robert
service to the nursing profession. She    Association of Community Cancer             Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows
received the award during the ANA         Centers, a member of the Institute of       Program and completed the Johnson
House of Delegates June 15-16 at          Medicine’s National Cancer Policy           and Johnson/Wharton Fellows Program
National Harbor, Md.                      Forum Board, and past president of          in Management for Nurse Executives.
    “Over her 12 years as a faculty       the Oncology Nursing Society. She will          At Duke University School of
member, Brenda has prepared 70 nurses     begin a two-year term as president-elect    Nursing, Nevidjon currently is the faculty
for key positions in nursing and health   of the International Society of Nurses in   coordinator of the Health Care Systems
care leadership, many of whom are         Cancer Care this July.                      Instructional Area in the MSN program
now in key leadership roles,” said Dean       She is a Fellow of the American         and lead faculty member for the nursing
Catherine L. Gilliss, BSN’71, DNSc,       Academy of Nursing and a member             and health care leadership specialty.
RN, FAAN.                                 of the American Nurses Association,
    “Brenda, herself, has taken on        the American Organization of Nurse
significant leadership roles over her     Executives, the Sigma Theta Tau
career—as chief operating officer         International Beta Epsilon Chapter, and

Trustees Approve New Building Architect
                                                                        A substantial addition to the facilities of Duke
                                                                        University School of Nursing is on the horizon!
                                                                            In December, the Duke University Board of
                                                                        Trustees approved hiring the architectural firm,
                                                                        Ayers/Saint/Gross, to design a 40,000-45,000 square
                                                                        foot addition adjacent to the Christine Siegler
                                                                        Pearson Building. The new building will house space
                                                                        for classrooms, information technology services,
                                                                        financial aid administration, expanded simulation
                                                                        and other laboratories, as well as administrative and
                                                                        research offices.
                                                                            The new building will join the existing Clipp
                                                                        Building and Pearson Building to form a mini-
                                                                        campus for nursing students and faculty.

to Speak
at Radical
Stephen Brookfield, PhD, an award-win-
ning scholar in education, will speak at the
third annual conference on Pursuing Radi-
cal Transformation in Nursing Education
hosted by Duke University School of Nurs-
ing. The focus for this year is “Preparing
Faculty for the Challenge,” and Brookfield
will engage in dialogue with conference
                                                              Faculty members enjoy Family and Friends Day. From left: Brigit M.
                        participants about
                                                              Carter, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN, assistant professor; Eugenia Gil, ABSN
                        what it means to                    student; Melissa B. Aselage, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, assistant professor;
                        be a skillful teacher                               and Terry D. Ward, PhD, MSN, RN, assistant professor
                        and how individual
                        faculty members and
                        groups can trans-
                                                  Family and Friends Day
                        form educational
                                                  Students in the Accelerated
                                                  Bachelor of Science in Nursing
                           Brookfield is the
                                                  program introduced their friends
                        author of 15 books
                                                  and family to nursing education
                        on adult learning,
                                                  during the second annual Family
                        teaching, critical
                                                  and Friends Day in March. More
thinking, discussion methods, and critical
                                                  than 325 people toured the patient
theory, including five that have won the
                                                  simulation lab, viewed student
Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature
                                                  poster presentations on global and
in Adult Education.
                                                  community health experiences, and       The day included kid-friendly activities
   For more information and to register, please
                                                  saw a class lecture demonstration.          and games. Meg Carman, MSN’98,
contact Cheryl Belcher at cheryl.belcher@
                                                                                          DNP’10, looks on as a potential future or 919-684-9289.
                                                                                           nurse works on his “operating” skills.

November 2-3, 2012
                                                                                                         Assistant professor
                                                                                                         Shelly S. Eisbach, PhD,     05 DUKENURSINGSUMMER2012
                                                                                                         RN, (center) enjoys the
                                                                                                         day’s festivities with
                                                                                                         her mother, Patricia
                                                                                                         Eisbach (left), and Dean
                                                                                                         Catherine L. Gilliss.

Nursing Research Management Team
Expanded to Support Medicine
The role of Duke University School of Nursing’s Research
Management Team has been expanded to provide research
support for Duke University School of Medicine.
    The Research Management Team conducts activities
usually performed by research assistants, data technicians,             Members of the School of Nursing Research Management team
data managers, programmers, research analysts and clinical              include: back row: Justin Levens, Teresa Baker, Shelly Epps, Jeff
                                                                      Hawley; front row: Denise Snyder, Carolyne Whiting, John Boling,
research coordinators.
                                                                                         Mindy Kash, Hal Beresford, and Nancy Hassell
    The School of Medicine has been searching for an
enhanced structure to support its research teams “and believes      the service evolved over time and was shaped into its current
our Research Management Team model sets the standard in             model by Denise Snyder and her staff.
research support excellence,” said School of Nursing Dean               The Research Management Team will be adding staff to
Catherine L. Gilliss, BSN’71, DNSc, RN, FAAN.                       meet the School of Medicine’s needs.
    The School of Nursing’s team began as part of a grant               Duke University recognized the Research Management
for what was the Trajectories on Research in Aging Center.          Team with a 2010 Teamwork Award for its work to improve
Under the leadership of Diane Holditch-Davis, BSN’73, PhD,          the research mission at Duke.
RN, FAAN in her role as associate dean of research affairs,

Stanley is Nursing Alumni                                                          Clinical Excellence
Association President                                                              Celebrated in New Ceremony
Joan M. Stanley, BSN’71, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, has been                          For the first time, Duke University School of
named the 2012-2014 president of the Duke Nursing Alumni                           Nursing held a Commitment to Excellence
Association.                                                                       Ceremony for students in the Accelerated
    She is the senior director of educational policy at the American               Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.
Association of Colleges of Nursing and a recent recipient of the 2012                   The newly developed annual ceremony
Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization of                       is intended to foster a sense of community
Nurse Practitioner Faculties. Stanley was cited for her decades-long               and establish a transitional experience to
dedication to nurse practitioner education,                                        support nursing students as they begin their
research, and care.                                                                clinical rotations.
    Stanley has been with the American                                                  “Clinical excellence is not learned in a day,
Association of Colleges of Nursing since 1994,                                     a week, or a month,” said Wilma Córdova,
serving on task forces dedicated to advancing                                      ABSN’12, who delivered the student address. “It
nursing education at the bachelor, master’s,                                       is a personal and professional commitment that
and doctoral level. She also has been an adult                                     is developed with experience over time. I believe
nurse practitioner on faculty at the University                                    it is achievable by all of us who have a passion
of Maryland Hospital since 1981.                                                   to serve, to care, and to make a difference in
    A Fellow of both the American Academy                  Joan M. Stanley         others’ lives.”
of Nursing and the American Academy of Nurse                                            Michael V. Relf, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC,
Practitioners, she has received national recognition for her leadership            AACRN, FAAN, associate professor and assistant
in improving care for the elderly. Stanley has served as editor or                 dean for undergraduate education, delivered the
editorial consultant on a number of professional nursing journals and              welcome and introductions and closing remarks;
is currently a member of the Clinical Nurse Leader Association Board               Dean Catherine L. Gilliss, BSN’71, DNSc, RN,
of Directors. She is a past recipient of the Duke University School of             FAAN, delivered greetings; Donald E. “Chip”
Nursing Volunteer Service Award.                                                   Bailey Jr., PhD, RN, associate professor and a
                                                                                   founding faculty member of the ABSN program,
                                                                                   introduced the student speaker.

PhD and DNP Students
named Jonas Scholars
Four School of Nursing doctoral students
have been named Jonas Scholars by the
Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.

PhD students D. Dennis Flores, MSN,
ACRN, and Courtney Caiola, MSN,
MPH, RN, have been selected to receive
grants from the Jonas Nurse Leaders
Scholar Program, which aims to increase
the number of doctorally prepared faculty
                                                                                Courtney Caiola         D. Dennis Flores     Kathryn “Ginger”
available to teach in nursing schools
  Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
degree students Kathryn “Ginger” Ward-                                                            clinical settings and also spent three years
Presson, MSN, NEA, BC, RN, and Karin                                                              as a medical missionary in Uganda. She
Carlson, MSN, PMHNP-BC, RN, have                                                                  is interested in HIV/AIDs and maternal/
                                                           Improving Healthcare Through Nursing
been awarded scholarships from the Jonas                                                          child health research, specifically, describ-
Nursing Scholars Program for Veterans                                                             ing the intersection of the social determi-
Health, which seeks to improve the health      nurse practitioner. She is a member of the         nants of health for HIV-infected mothers
of veterans.                                   Mental Health Field Advisory Committee,            living in poverty and identifying individu-
  Each scholar will receive $10,000 for the    a subgroup of the Department of Veterans           al and community strengths to respond to
2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years.        Affairs National Nursing Clinical Practice         their described vulnerability.
  Ward-Presson is associate director           Program and an adjunct faculty member                 The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars at
for patient care services and chief nurse      at Northern Illinois University School of          Duke is made possible by a grant from
executive at the Durham Veterans Affairs       Nursing. Her current doctoral project is           the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
Medical Center. Her career of nearly 40        focused on the implementation and evalu-           funded by the Jonas Family Fund.
years has included active duty as a mem-       ation of a brief stress reduction program
ber of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps and           for veterans.
serving in a variety of roles at VA medical       Flores is nationally certified in HIV/
centers across the country. Her research       AIDS nursing and has participated in
interest focuses on the impact of the clini-   HIV/AIDS nursing care in the U.S. and
cal nurse leader role on nurse sensitive       other countries, including Haiti, Ja-
outcomes in medical surgical patient care      maica, and South Africa. He is a national
units in VA health care facilities.            spokesman for the GREATER Than
  Carlson is a psychiatric mental health       AIDS Campaign and has worked with
                                               several religious organizations to address                                                         07 DUKENURSINGSUMMER2012
                                               HIV-related stigmas and discrimination
                                               within faith communities. His main area
                                               of research focuses on risk reduction
                                               interventions for young men who have sex
                                               with men.
                                                  Caiola currently works as an obstetric
                                               clinical instructor. She has 14 years of
                                               nursing practice experience in various
                   A New Tool for Primary Care

Nurses lead effort to evaluate,                                    exercise, she thought she was protected.
                                                                       She learned she had a strong genetic risk for developing
educate, and implement                                             diabetes when she chose to participate in Effects of Type
                                                                   2 Diabetes Genetic Risk Information on Health Behaviors
SiTTiNG iN A GENETiC COUNSELiNG session at Duke Primary            and Outcome study through the Duke University School of
Care’s Pickett Road Clinic, Sharon Graffagnino received news       Nursing. The result: Graffagnino now pays more attention to
she never thought she’d hear. She was at high risk for diabetes.   her food choices.
It was news that caught her completely by surprise.                    “I definitely hear the little voice in the back of my head if
    “It was really shocking for me to get such strong and bad      I’m overdoing it with sweets or starches or not getting enough
genetic information,” said Graffagnino, 51. “I always thought      exercise,” she said. “I’m totally aware and take it seriously.
my numbers would be normal and in the middle.”                     That doesn’t mean I always do really well, but I’m trying.”
    Graffagnino was familiar with diabetes and its serious             This study, which tests whether identifying and relaying
health effects. Her brother weighs 400 pounds and takes            genetic risk factors can positively change health behaviors, is
insulin four times a day; her sister teeters on the border of      part of a larger push within the Duke University Health System
full-blown diabetes; and her father battled against it until he    (DUHS) toward personalized medicine. This emerging health
passed away. But, as someone who always tried to eat well and      care model fuses a patient’s genetic and genomic information

                                           by Whitney L.J. Howell
                                                                                                      “          e wanted
                                                                                                          to see if personal
                                                                                                          genomic informa-
                                                                                                          tion is likely to
                                                                                                          benefit patients
                                                                                                          through motivation
                                                                                                          of lifestyle behav-
                                                                                                          ioral change.”
                                                                                                                     MICHAEL SCOTT

with family history to provide tailored care. Nursing faculty   that help build this knowledge.
are leading an interdisciplinary team focused on initiating a       “If nurses are aware of genetic markers that make adults or       09 DUKENURSiNGSUMMER2012
paradigm shift in patient care.                                 children more or less susceptible to symptom distress, they are
                                                                better prepared to make decisions and recommendations that
Personalized Medicine and Nurses
                                                                will greatly benefit the patient,” said associate professor Sharron
Nurses have a longstanding reputation as being effective
                                                                Docherty, PhD, CPNP-AC/PC, RN. “Understanding individual
in identifying and managing illness and treatment-related
                                                                patients’ genetic risk for key symptomatology, such as cognitive
symptoms. Knowledge of genetic factors that put some
                                                                dysfunction or fatigue, will allow them to more efficiently and
patients at higher risk for intense symptom experiences is
                                                                accurately assess patients and intervene during treatment.”
rapidly developing. Nurse researchers are working on studies
fe a t u re

     It’s also critical to study the use of personalized genetic            research projects, said assistant professor Allison Vorderstrasse,
 information to increase knowledge about the impact of whole                DNSc, APRN, CNE.
 genome sequencing results on patients and families.                            While these multidisciplinary investigations are complex and
     “The role of nurses is to help broker information to the               must be deftly designed, nurses are, in many ways, the keystones
 patient and help families understand the difficult concepts that           in these projects.
 come with this information,” she said. “Nurses today and in the                “Clinically, nurses tend to take a personalized, holistic
 future must be able to understand whole genome sequencing, risk            approach with patients without even realizing it. They’re all well
 levels, and be able to help families interpret results.”                   trained to provide a lot of patient interaction and education,”
                                                                            said Vorderstrasse, who serves on several personalized medicine
                                                                                         working groups. “It’s a goal, through CPM’s
                                                                                         educational, clinical and research initiatives, to ensure
                                                                                         that nurses, as providers, are up-to-date on health
                                                                                         care advances and that they can translate what it all
                                                                                         means to patients.”
                                                                                              But there’s not much existing evidence to
                                                                                         validate the proposed benefits of the individualized
                                                                                         approach to health care. This flimsy body of
                                                                                         research is why studies, such as the previously
                                                                                         mentioned diabetes study, are critical, said assistant
                                                                                         professor Michael Scott, DNP, FNP-BC. This work
                                                                                         provides valuable information about how genetic
                                                                                         factors can be used clinically.
                                                                                              “With this study, we wanted to explore the
                                                                                         value of genetic testing as it pertains to the
                                                                                         predisposition to chronic diseases, in this case Type
                                                                                         2 diabetes, and how feasible it is to do this type of
                                                                                         testing in a primary care clinic,” said Scott, who
                                                                                         provided risk counseling to study participants.
         Sharron Docherty consults with a family in the Neonatal intensive Care Unit     “We wanted to see if personal genomic information
                                                                                         is likely to benefit patients through motivation of
                                                                                         lifestyle behavioral change.”
 Researching the impact of Genetic Knowledge                                    Scott’s colleagues from the IGSP recruited participants from
 Interest in how personalized medicine can touch clinical care              the Pickett Road Clinic and Pickens Family Medicine who had
 sparked at Duke in 2010 with the creation of the Duke Center               no reported history of diabetes and had never been genetically
 for Personalized Medicine. This group, led by genomics clinical            tested. Overall, 317 participants completed the full study.
 director Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD, fuses resources and                       To gather genetic material, researchers scraped the inside
 expertise from a broad array of players, including the Institute           of each participant’s cheek with a tongue blade, and a genetic
 for Genome Sciences & Policy (IGSP), the schools of medicine               testing company analyzed samples for certain genes associated
 and nursing, the Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Fuqua            with a risk for Type 2 diabetes. Investigators also collected
 School of Business. Through these partnerships, faculty and                information about other factors influencing diabetes risk, such as
 students are searching for the best ways to bring personalized             family history, blood sugar, body mass index, age, and ethnicity.
 medicine to all aspects of health care.                                    All participants had the opportunity to meet with Scott for risk
     The Center for Personalized Medicine (CPM) is also pursuing            counseling, and those who were randomly selected for testing
 a policy agenda that will consider reimbursement, legal, and               received counseling rooted in their individual genetic results.
 ethical issues related to genomic testing when assessing potential
 I    t’s a goal, through CPM’s
    educational, clinical and research
    initiatives, to ensure nurses, as
    providers, are up-to-date on
    health care advances and that
    they can translate what it all
    means to patients.”
                           ALLISON VORDERSTRASSE

    Based on study results, 26 percent of participants were           individual patients could drastically change the health care
pre-diabetic with blood sugar levels between 100 and 125; 68          delivery model, and all providers must be ready to implement
percent were either overweight or obese; and 57 percent had a         such a strategy. This spring, the School of Nursing introduced
family history of diabetes. In addition, 92 percent returned for      an interdisciplinary pilot elective class focused on genomic
counseling sessions. Preliminary analysis is ongoing, but early       fundamentals and how they apply to personalized medicine.
results have shown both groups—those who were genetically                 Having a solid understanding of how genomics can impact
tested and those who weren’t—made minimal improvement in              patients’ response to treatments and medications could greatly
overall health status, especially with weight loss.                   enhance the quality of care, said assistant professor Jennifer
    “We’re thinking just the possibility of sitting down with         Dungan, PhD, RN.
me to talk about risk in the way a clinician doesn’t have time            “If nurses truly understand how genomics impacts health
to do may have made an impact. Weight loss in both groups             risk at the forefront and know how to evaluate it, they can
doesn’t mean genetic testing isn’t necessary,” Scott said. “These     be much better at approaching these topics with patients,”
are just the early results, but whether the participant was           said Dungan, who co-teaches the course with Sara Katsanis,
genetically tested, it’s clear simple involvement with a health       MS, an associate in research in the Duke IGSP. “Rather than
care professional gets people motivated.”                             being reactive to patients, they can proactively reach out and
    The Center for Personalized Medicine has other ongoing            determine if this information is important to patients, what it
medicine studies, as well. Vorderstrasse, who sits on the             all means, and what to focus on.”
center’s leadership team charged with creating criteria that              During the first seven weeks of the seven-student class, the
will determine which future studies win funding, is also a            curriculum focused on fundamental genomic principles, such
co-principal investigator on a pilot study. This study is currently   as human genetic variation, bioinformatics, ethical and social
recruiting patients and is led by co-principal investigators          issues, and the principles of genomic testing. But it’s the second
Ruth Wolever, PhD, of Duke Integrative Medicine and Alex              half of the semester where students saw how genomic test             11 DUKENURSiNGSUMMER2012

Cho, MD. It is designed to determine whether genomic risk             results can directly impact health care.
assessment can be effectively added to standard risk assessments          In addition to hearing clinical and research experts discuss
for heart disease. The goal, she said, is to develop risk             these topics, students had the option, but weren’t required, to
assessment tools and behavioral support interventions (health         complete a free, anonymous 23andMe genetic testing panel.
coaching) for implementation in primary care.                         After receiving the results, they used skills they mastered during
                                                                      earlier weeks to evaluate their own genetic risk through the
Educating Nurses to Play Their Role
Determining the efficacy of discussing genetic results with
fe a t u re

     Web site of the direct-to-consumer company
     that analyzed the tests. Students who didn’t
     submit samples used data from mock patients.
          This activity gave students the opportunity
     to experience what it would be like to
     learn about genetic risk from the patient’s
     perspective. They discussed how to convey
     genetic results and how to put them into
     proper context. It’s the knowledge of how
     and where to find additional information in
     existing literature, however, that is one of the
     class’s most valuable lessons.
          “I think getting the resources is one of
     the biggest take aways from the class. It’s
     having the knowledge of where to turn,”
     said Ann Miller, an accelerated BSN student
     in Dungan’s class. “A lot of physicians and
     nurses don’t know about this stuff. Being                Sara Katsanis and Jennifer Dungan teach a new interdisciplinary course on genomic
     the only person or one of a few that know and                                                     fundamentals and personalized medicine.

     understand is a huge asset.”
                                                                             the coming year, Vorderstrasse said, working groups intend to
          Tailoring health services to the individual patient is the
                                                                             establish an official agenda and priorities. The long-term goal is
     next phase of medical care, she said, and a nursing workforce
                                                                             to develop partnerships both within and outside of Duke.
     well-educated in genetics and genomics will be better prepared
                                                                                 In addition, there are extensive curricular revisions
     to advocate for their patients’ needs.
                                                                             underway that will thread genetic and genomic information
          This type of class also introduces nurses and nursing
                                                                             through bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral tracks in nursing,
     students to more scientific aspects of health care, said
                                                                             Dungan said. Weaving instruction through all programs would
     Sarah Timberlake, an accelerated BSN student who has a
                                                                             eliminate the need for an elective class and would turn nursing
     microbiology and biomedical research background. The more
                                                                             graduates into some of the most knowledgeable and effective
     exposure nursing students have to genetics and genomics in the
                                                                             providers in their communities, she said.
     classroom, she said, the greater opportunities they will have to
                                                                                 Nursing faculty and students view these efforts as necessary
     influence how this knowledge is integrated into personalizing
                                                                             in order to provide the highest quality care possible, and
     health care.
                                                                             support for the personalized medicine model continues to grow
          Educational efforts aren’t solely focusing on students,
                                                                             throughout the health system. But, most importantly, patients
     however. According to Dungan, the School of Nursing is
                                                                             are beginning to grasp the importance of having health care
     investigating ways to provide genetics and genomics education
                                                                             providers who understand how genetics and genomics can
     for practicing nurses, physical therapists, and other health
                                                                             directly impact individual health outcomes.
     professionals through short courses, workshops, or continuing
                                                                                 “When you look at American culture, having a doctor or
     education modules. The Center for Personalized Medicine
                                                                             nurse who can explain genetic risk is extremely important.
     leadership group is also discussing a similar educational model
                                                                             We see so many people innocently unaware of the lifestyle
     for physicians, including online modules and webinars.
                                                                             choice they’re actually making as they pull up for fast food, for
     Next Steps in Personalized Medicine                                     example,” Graffagnino said. “Most people don’t know that
     Although much has been done over the past two years, work               their genetics are a big part of how your health will play out
     still remains before personalized medicine can be effectively           over the years. They don’t understand how medically tied in
     implemented across the Duke University Health System. In                everything is.”
                      ‘Spit Camp’ offers faculty,
                  students valuable research lessons
It’s often thought of as unhygienic, rude, or even disgusting,            says she attended her first spit camp while a faculty member at
but spitting actually has its benefits, especially for researchers.       UNC-Chapel Hill, and found it to be helpful.
That was the idea behind the “Spit Camp” held at the School                   “You can get many of the same biochemical markers from
of Nursing in June.                                                       saliva as blood,” Holditch-Davis says. “There are advantages
     During the seminar, Jennifer Jewell, technical education             for both the researcher and the patient. It’s less expensive and
specialist for Salimetrics, gave faculty and students an overview         less invasive, and you don’t even have to have a person who
of how to integrate salivary measures into scientific studies.            is cooperative.”
She covered a wide range of saliva-related topics, including the              Sharron L. Docherty, PhD, CPNP-AC/PC, RN, knows this
                                                                                                        firsthand. She didn’t participate in
                                                                                                        Duke’s spit camp, but she has used

                                                                                                 JIM WALLACE
                                                                                                        saliva samples in two NIH-funded
                                                                                                        studies and touts the advantages of
                                                                                                        the research method, particularly
                                                                                                        when working with small children.
                                                                                                             Docherty, an associate professor,
                                                                                                        has studied the impact of life-
                                                                                                        sustaining treatment on the quality of
                                                                                                        life of children with life-threatening
                                                                                                        illnesses and their parents. She says
                                                                                                        children get a kick out of giving saliva
                                                                                                        samples with a stick attached to a
                                                                                                        cotton pad that turns blue after they
                                                                                                        hold it in their mouths like a lollipop.
                                                                                                             In her research, she collected
                                                                                                        samples to measure the hormone
                                                                                                        cortisol and determine physiologic
                                                                                                        stress levels. Such biomarkers can
                                                                                                        give researchers like Docherty
     Clinical instructor Jacqueline Vaughn, BSN, RN, explains the importance of collecting saliva
                                                                                                        a better understanding of how
   to test for biomarkers and DNA to students, from left, Jacob Schonau-Taylor, Rebecca Rohal,                                                     13 DUKENURSiNGSUMMER2012
                                 Ebonitta Boykin, and Kimberly Davis in the Clinical Training Lab.     medical treatments affect patients,
                                                                                                       not just on a psycho-social level, but
basic biology of oral fluids, what can be learned from saliva,            also from a biological standpoint.
and how to collect samples.                                                   “No matter how effective a treatment is in extending
    Diane Holditch-Davis, BSN’73, PhD, RN, FAAN, the                      quantity of life, it’s also important to look at whether the
Marcus E. Hobbs Distinguished Professor of Nursing, hosted                treatment is improving quality of life as well,” she explains.
the event, which was one of several spit camps offered by the             “Studying across biopsychosocial levels gives us a more
company Salimetrics at universities across the country. She               complete picture.”
2012              Nursing
AWARDS Association

                                                                                          KEVIN SEIFERT
                                                                                                          has led several partnerships between
                                                                                                          the health department and Duke. Most
                                                                                                          recently, Harris has worked closely with
                                                                                                          Robert Califf, T’73, MD’78, HS’78,
                                                                                                          ’80-’83, the Donald F. Fortin, MD,
                                                                                                          Professor of Cardiology at Duke, on the
                                                                                                          Durham Diabetes Coalition. The five-
                                                                                                          year program seeks to improve health
                                                                                                          outcomes for Durham County residents
                                                                                                          with type 2 diabetes.
                                                                                                              “Duke is a major employer in the
                                                                                                          community, and we both want to see
                                                                                                          improved health outcomes. I think in an
                                                                                                          environment of shrinking resources, it
                                                                                                          only makes sense to partner with Duke,”
                                                                                                          she says.
                                                                                                              Harris feels honored to be recognized
                                                                                                          by the School of Nursing for her
                                                                                                          professional accomplishments and service
Distinguished Alumna Award                                                                                to the community but attributes her

Gayle Bridges Harris,
                                                                                                          success to the Durham community itself,
                                                                                                          which she says included a “village” of
                                                                                                          neighbors and supporters who helped
BSN’72, MPH, RN                                                                                           raise her.
                                                                                                              “You can’t imagine what it is to grow
As a Duke nursing student, Gayle Bridges   better quality of life,” Harris says.                          up in a community and then be able to
Harris, BSN’72, MPH, RN, says it was           After graduation, she went straight to                     pay it back and forward,” she says.
her public health rotation at the Durham   work at the health department and has
County Health Department that resonated    spent the past 40 years there, working                         by Bernadette Gillis
with her most. And she hasn’t looked       her way up from a public health nurse I
back since.                                to her current position as health director.
    Before nursing school, the Durham      Throughout the years, Harris says her
native thought of the health department    focus has remained constant: to help
only as the place she received her         underserved populations and address
                                                                                                           To make a nomination please
childhood immunizations, but after         health disparities.
                                                                                                           send an e-mail to
working with people from her own               “We have a tremendous amount of                   
community, she saw the health department   resources in Durham, but we have health                         or call 919-385-3150 and
in a much more meaningful way.             disparities that exist for people of color,”                    note the person’s name, name
    “I liked the idea of addressing the    she says.                                                       of the award, and a statement
public’s needs and helping people have a       To help eliminate the gaps, Harris                          about why you believe they
                                                                                                           are qualified.
Distinguished Alumna Award

Judy G.

Judy G. Ozbolt, BSN’67, PhD, RN,
FAAN, is now a renowned leader in her
profession, but her first experience in the
then-emerging field of informatics in the
early 1970s proved a bit challenging for
the novice researcher.
    During graduate school at the
University of Michigan, a professor
encouraged Ozbolt to research how
computers could be used to formulate           curiosity of how nurses and patients use     of Maryland School of Nursing
nursing diagnoses and assured her              information has driven her to spend the      since 2009, Ozbolt remains active in
she could teach herself computer               majority of her career finding ways to use   professional associations and consulting.
programming. But once immersed in her          informatics to support nursing practice      She currently leads a project for the
research, Ozbolt discovered the work           and improve quality of care.                 Office of the National Coordinator
would be more complicated than she                 Her broad research interests have        for Health Information Technology
imagined. Among her many challenges:           implications for many—from nurses            in the U.S. Department of Health and
the university’s mainframe computer            seeking to document patient data to          Human Services. She is focused on
couldn’t compile all at once the 6,000         researchers looking to manage their data     consumer e-health, which Ozbolt says is
lines of code—an amount of data that           to students and educators engaging in        particularly important as the health care
today’s smartphones can easily process—        distance learning.                           industry continues to change.
she initially tried in input.                      Ozbolt’s significant achievements            “There has been a movement toward
    “Later I learned that (the professor)      include organizing several Nursing           patient-centered care, and patients are
had done a study on the effects of             Terminology Summit Conferences, which        using so many applications to monitor         15 DUKENURSiNGSUMMER2012
positive reinforcement,” Ozbolt says           ultimately contributed to the adoption of    their own health,” she says. “It’s
with a laugh. “He never said anything          standards for nursing information.           important for us as clinicians to be able
discouraging to anyone.”                           Retired from her positions as            to listen to and interact with patients who
    Despite her initial difficulties, Ozbolt   professor and specialty director for         are in control of their health practices.”
knew she’d found her calling. Her              nursing informatics at the University
2012               Nursing
AWARDS Association

                                                                                          He has been influential in securing key
                                                                                          recruitments, stepping in to serve on
                                                                                          the school’s Faculty Appointments,
                                                                                          Promotion, and Tenure Committee when
                                                                                          there weren’t enough nursing faculty
                                                                                          members to serve. He also collaborated
                                                                                          with the school on its first National
                                                                                          Institute of Nursing Research-awarded
                                                                                          faculty research training grant.
                                                                                              Faculty member Virginia Stone, PhD,
                                                                                          RN, FAAN, laid the groundwork in the
                                                                                          late 1960s for the School of Nursing’s
                                                                                          nationally ranked gerontology nursing
                                                                                          program, and since then, Duke nurses
                                                                                          have continually worked across disciplines
                                                                                          to improve the care of older adults. Cohen
                                                                                          credits the work of Stone and other School
                                                                                          of Nursing researchers with influencing
                                                                                          the national accolades and recognition the
Honorary Alumnus                                                                          Duke Division of Geriatrics has received

Harvey J. Cohen,
                                                                                          over the years.
                                                                                              “Even before the School of Nursing
                                                                                          program was ranked—mainly because
MD, HS’65-’67, ’69-’71                                                                    it had not yet accumulated a critical
                                                                                          mass of nurses working in this area—the
                                                                                          gerontological nurses who were at Duke
In recent years, many academic medical       physicians can be effective partners in      were important contributors to the School
centers have begun to recognize the          research, education, and patient care,” he   of Medicine’s high ranking.”
importance of collaborations between         says. “Our collaborations have helped the
physicians and nurses. But Harvey J.         School of Nursing and School of Medicine
Cohen, MD, HS’65-’67, ’69-’71, says          programs as well.”
Duke has been on the forefront in this           The Walter Kempner Professor of
area for quite a while.                      Medicine and director of the Duke Center
    Cohen has dedicated a great portion of   for the Study of Aging and Human
his career to advancing the work of Duke     Development, Cohen has a long history
University School of Nursing due to his      of advising the School of Nursing on
background in oncology, an area in which     research issues on aging.
he says teamwork between physicians and          Since the early 1990s, he has mentored
nurses seemed inherently natural.            junior nursing faculty members in
                                                                                           For complete bios of all awardees
    “At Duke, we’ve shown nurses and         their research and career development,
                                                                                           please visit
                                             particularly in aging center activities.
                                                                                           and click on Alumni Awards.
                                              ELISABETH FALL
Distinguished Contributions
to Nursing Science

Sally Heller

Sally Heller Rankin, MSN’78, PhD, RN,
FAAN, first traveled to Africa in 2001 to
support her husband’s work, but to her
surprise, the trip had a profound effect on
her own career focus.
    After learning of the plight of the
nearly one million people living with AIDS
in Malawi, located in southeast Africa,
Rankin felt compelled to shift her research
interests from diabetes and heart disease                                                               Research and Education at UCSF.
to HIV/AIDS. “The trip totally changed                                                                  “We found when the leaders had more
my research and the way I thought of the                                                                knowledge and removed the stigma,
world,” she says.                                                                                       people engaged in less risky behaviors.”
    Rankin, currently associate dean                                                                        Rankin currently leads USAID- and
for international programs and global                                                                   Fulbright-funded research projects focused
health at the University of California,                                                                 on mentoring and training nurses and
San Francisco (UCSF), has since made                                                                    other health care professionals in Malawi.
12 trips to Africa. In 2006, she received                                                               She and her UCSF colleagues are working
a research grant from the NIH to study                                                                  with her husband, the Reverend William
HIV prevention and AIDS care in                                had a lasting impact. Many leaders       W. Rankin II, T’63, PhD’77, G’79, and
Malawi. In particular, she looked at the                       who were involved in the study are       his organization, Global AIDS Interfaith
impact of Christian and Muslim religious                       now educating themselves and their       Alliance (GAIA), on a “train-the-trainer”
organizations on HIV prevention.                               communities about HIV and working        program aimed at increasing Malawi’s         17 DUKENURSiNGSUMMER2012
    Though not an intervention study,                          to dispel myths and change ideas about   nursing workforce.
Rankin and her team’s research, which                          women and infidelity.                        Training nurses in areas such as HIV
involved interviewing religious leaders,                           “Religious leaders have the power    care and triage is vital to the country’s
                                                               to change the epidemic,” says Rankin,    health care system, Rankin says. “Nurses
                                                               who also serves as director of the       are the backbone of the health care system
                                                               World Health Organization (WHO)          in Malawi.”
                                                               Collaborating Center on Nursing
2012               Nursing
AWARDS Association

                                                                   spending a year teaching at the American School of Tangier in
                                                                   Morocco, Johnson went on to get a master’s degree. However,
                                                                   she quickly became disappointed with rigid nursing courses that
                                                                   didn’t allow for questioning and exploration and decided to
                                                                   leave the program. Her decision was solidified when her advisor
                                                                   characterized Johnson’s problem as, “You think too much.”
                                                                       “Of course, I found that an odd statement in academia,”
                                                                   Johnson says, “and vowed that I would only return to graduate
                                                                   school when I found a program that encouraged students to think.”
                                                                       So, motivated by a curious nature and desire to make a
                                                                   difference, Johnson sought her own path in health care. She
                                                                   later found a place at Duke with other “thinking students” and
                                                                   eventually became an influential leader and advocate for nursing
                                                                   regulation and policies that facilitate the delivery of safe, effective
                                                                   patient care.
                                                                       Johnson retired from nursing in 2008 and is currently
                                                                   president and CEO of the Foundation for Nursing Excellence,
                                                                   an organization that seeks to improve health outcomes of North
                                                                   Carolina residents through policies and practices that enhance the
                                                                   practice of nursing. In this role, she oversees initiatives focused
                                                                   on increasing the number of nurses with BSN degrees in North
                                                                   Carolina, developing a statewide evidence-based transition-to-
                                                                   practice model, and creating a just and fair health care culture
                                                                       She also has held academic appointments at UNC-Chapel Hill
                                                                   and worked as a pediatric nurse clinician, a job Johnson says she
                                                                   enjoyed because it allowed her to help chronically ill children live
                                                                   to their fullest potential.
Lifetime Achievement Award                                            She says her current state-level activities have allowed her to

Mary Pauline
                                                                  focus on “improving systems, whether they be regulatory, practice
                                                                  or educational in nature, that would positively affect the lives
                                                                  of those we serve. I have always been focused on making things

“Polly” Johnson,                                                  better, whether for an individual or society.”


Her first attempt at earning a graduate school education didn’t
work out the way Mary Pauline “Polly” Johnson, MSN’80,
RN, FAAN, had envisioned. But that ultimately turned out to
be a good thing.
    After earning a bachelor of science degree (BSN) and
 Save the Date for Reunion 2013, April 12-13

                                                                                       The BSN Class of 1977 donned their “Hanes Honeys”
                                                                                   t-shirts and cheered in celebration of their 35th reunion
                                                                                                            during the Welcome Reception.

                       Alumni shared old photos of their time in nursing school.

2012 Reunion Recap
More than 180 alumni, friends,          Contributions to Nursing Science
and family gathered on campus for       Address presented by Rankin, a
Nursing Reunion Weekend April           faculty/alumni panel discussion
20-21, 2012.                            on the spirit of innovation, and a
    Dean Catherine L. Gilliss,          discussion on families and aging led
BSN’71, DNSc, RN, FAAN, and             by Linda L. Davis, PhD, RN, ANP,
Kathy E.V. Gallagher, BSN’75,           FAAN, the Ann Henshaw Gardiner
the 2011-2012 Nursing Alumni            Distinguished Professor of Nursing,
Association president, presented        and senior fellow in the Duke
School of Nursing Awards to Gayle       Center for the Study of Aging and
Bridges Harris, BSN’72, MPH,            Human Development.
RN; Judy G. Ozbolt, BSN’67, PhD,
RN, FAAN; Sally Heller Rankin,                                                                           Members of the BSN Class of 1967
MSN’78, PhD, RN, FAAN; Mary                                                                              gather in the Mary T. Champagne
Pauline “Polly” Johnson, MSN’80,                                                                        Courtyard for their reunion photo.
RN, FAAN; and Harvey J. Cohen,
MD, HS’65-’67, ’69-’71.
    Other weekend highlights                                                                                                                   19 DUKENURSiNGSUMMER2012
included the 2012 Distinguished
                                                                                                       Former Dean Ruby L.
                                                                                                       Wilson, EdD’69, RN, FAAN,
                                                                                                       shares a story with alumni
                                                                                                       and guests.

Pearson Honored at Building Dedication
Christine Siegler Pearson, BSN’84, and
her family were on campus in April for
a dedication ceremony to officially name
the School of Nursing’s classroom and
administration building in her honor.
Pearson and her husband Michael
Pearson, MBA, E’81, recently gave $15
million, the largest gift in the school’s
   President Richard H. Brodhead,
PhD; Chancellor for Health Affairs
Victor J. Dzau, MD; and Dean Catherine
L. Gilliss, BSN’71, DNSc, FAAN, spoke
at the event, expressing thanks to the
Pearson family. Pearson received a gift of
a historic copper downspout from Duke
                                                 Parker, Trevor, Andrew, and Michael Pearson, Christine Siegler
University’s Few Quad. The 150-year-
                                                                                Pearson, and Morgan Pearson
old, German-made downspout is one of
several that were replaced with replicas
when Few Quad was renovated in 2008.
   “It is my privilege to honor your
extraordinary commitment and
transformational support with this                                            “It is my privilege
priceless piece of Duke’s past,” said                                          to honor your
Dean Gilliss in presenting the gift.                                           extraordinary
             Dean Catherine Gilliss, President                                 commitment and
                  Richard Brodhead, Michael
           Pearson, Christine Siegler Pearson,
                 and Chancellor Victor Dzau                                    support...”
                                                                                      DEAN CATHERINE GILLISS

                Beverly Siegler; former dean
              of the School of Nursing Ruby
                  Wilson, EdD’69, RN, FAAN;
              Michael Pearson; and Christine
                             Siegler Pearson

1940s                                She is active at Bethany United
                                     Methodist Church in Houston,
                                                                            parties, and spending time with
                                                                            their five children and 11 grand
                                                                                                                   Kathryn McCullough
                                                                                                                   Montgomery, N’52, of Jasper,
Dorothy Ray Salerno, N’40,           where they live.                       grandchildren.                         Ga., enjoys water aerobics,
is living in the Alders Gate                                                                                       swimming, reading, doing church
Retirement Home in Charlotte.                                               Miriam Atkinson Donovan,
                                                                                                                   activities, and spending time with
She’s made many friends there,                                              BSN’49, and her husband,
                                                                                                                   her children and grandchildren.
and enjoys reading and taking                                               John, T’50, are now living in a
walks. While at Duke, she joined                                            retirement community in Silver         Rachel McCaskill Rogan, N’52,
the 65th General Hospital and                                               Springs, Md., where they enjoy the     has been retired since 2002. Her
spent a year at Fort Bragg and two                                          many activities offered including,     husband passed away in 2007,
years in England. Upon her return,                                          lectures, gymnastics, and college-     and she enjoys spending time with
she went to Columbia University                                             level courses. She and John have       her seven grandchildren and three
and earned a degree in public        Sarah Welsh Buie, N’47,                been married 62 years. They have       great-grandchildren. She lives in
health nursing. Her husband Paul     celebrated her 90th birthday on        two sons, two grandchildren, and       Greeleyville, S.C.
died six years ago.                  April 4, surrounded by all of her      two step-grandchildren.
                                                                                                                   Mary E. Snyder, N’53, and her
                                     family and many friends. She has
Ernestine Rose Chambers, N’43,                                              Mary Bland House, BSN’49,              husband Grady are living in a
                                     lived at The Fairfax retirement
has volunteered for 60 years at                                             and her daughter own and               Methodist retirement community
                                     community in Fort Belvoir, Va.,
Franklin Square Medical Center                                              operate Jems from Jennie, Ltd.,        in Asheville, N.C. She volunteers
                                     for 21 years. Her husband,
in Baltimore, Md. In addition to                                            a jewelry store specializing in        at a medical clinic and as a
                                     Col. James C. Buie, T’53, passed
volunteering, she enjoys gardening                                          old and new jewelry, silver,           tour guide at the Billy Graham
                                     away in 1999. She enjoys surf-
and bowling. She shares a farm in                                           and a line of gifts. She lives in      Training Center. The couple has
                                     ing the Internet, playing bridge,
North Baltimore County with her                                             Portsmouth, Va.                        three children.
                                     and spending time with friends
daughters and their families.        and family.                                                                   Anne Barnes McKelvey, N’54,
Jessie W. McCoy, BSN’43, says
she enjoys being alive at age 91.
                                     Joanne Bouton Dunwoody,                1950s                                  retired her nursing license in
                                                                                                                   March 2012 and is “morphing”
                                     N’47, says that “when you get          Edith Boone Toussaint,
She likes to read, sew quilts, and                                                                                 into a social worker, working
                                     to be 87 you tend to slow down         BSNEd’51, volunteers at the
volunteer at her church. She lives                                                                                 with several agencies that
                                     a bit.” She’s having fun taking        reception desk and is involved
in Decatur, Ga.                                                                                                    deal with homelessness and
                                     gospel and choir music classes,        with study groups at her church.
                                                                                                                   affordable housing. She also tutors
                                     and spending time with her five        She worked 27 years in nursing
                                                                                                                   elementary school students and
                                     children, seven grandchildren, and     and earned a master’s degree while
                                                                                                                   works with missions and outreach
                                     eight great-grandchildren. She lives   teaching in the community college
                                                                                                                   teams through her church. She
                                     in King City, Calif.                   system of North Carolina. She
                                                                                                                   has traveled on five mission trips
                                                                            enjoys reading and writing and
                                     Martha Bishop Garrick, BSN’47,                                                to Cochabamba, Bolivia, where
                                                                            has written poetry and stories
                                     of Jacksonville, N.C., spends                                                 she was involved with a health
                                                                            in writing classes. She has two
                                     part of her time attending weekly                                             clinic, a children’s program,
                                                                            children, David and Edith, and a
                                     Lions Club meetings and has                                                   and church building. McKelvey
Anne B.D. Powell, BSN’44, has                                               granddaughter, Morgan. She lives
                                     become a master gardener. In                                                  works as a volunteer at Charlotte
been retired from Wesley Long                                               in Raleigh.
                                     addition to gardening, she also                                               Community Health Clinic. She
Hospital in Greensboro, N.C.,        enjoys reading, sewing, and            Nora Mahaffey Martin, N’52,            enjoys taking exercise classes,
since 1983. She now enjoys           participating in church activities.    retired 15 years ago and is living     walking, and spending time with
visiting members of her church       She and her husband Grier, T’48,       in Harrisburg, N.C., and staying       family. She was widowed in 1998
with her husband, the Rev. John      have four children: Susan is           active. She leads a Bible study at     and lives in Charlotte. Her son
James Powell, D’42, as he makes      retired; Kathy is a retired teacher;   her church, helps people who are       Sam is a physical therapist and
pastoral calls. She also enjoys      Bettie is a preacher in Manns          less fortunate than her, and assists   her daughters, Katie and Patty,       21 DUKENURSINGSUMMER2012
vegetable gardening, reading,        Harbor, N.C.; and Grier III lives      her nieces and nephews with their      are nurses—Katie in hospice and
and doing crossword and jigsaw       in Rockport, Texas.                    children. She recently obtained a      home care and Patty in oncology.
puzzles. She and her husband live                                           computer and is enjoying it very       Her seven grandchildren range in
in Mill Spring, N.C.                 Mary Moore Martin, N’47,
                                                                            much. She also recently visited        age from 9 to 23.
                                     will turn 86 this July. She and
Mary P. Willcox, BSN’45, is                                                 Alaska and has traveled to other
                                     her husband Edmund live in an                                                 Frances Dixon Jones, N’55, has
now 88 and is caring for her                                                places around the U.S.
                                     assisted living center in Sarasota,                                           been retired since 1997 and now
96-year-old husband, Roy. She        Fla. She enjoys exercise classes,                                             is taking care of her husband
says both of them are doing well.    sewing, cooking, having dinner                                                William O. Jones, T’54. The

couple recently moved into a         gardens, and enjoys entertaining                                           Maryella R. Vause, BSN’59, is
condominium and is in the process    friends. The couple has three                                              a health, wellness, and fitness
of selling their house. They have    children, three grandchildren, and                                         coordinator and health and
five children and 11 grandchildren   lives in Nashville.                                                        wellness writer for a local
and live in Cary, N.C.                                                                                          newspaper in Blanco, Texas.
                                     Ann Teague Nandrea, BSN’56,
                                                                                                                She has five children and 12
Jean Munro Bedell, BSN’56,           is serving a one-year term as
travels each year from August        president of the Appalachian
to October to India as a medical     South Region of the National                                               Sarah Colglazier Young, BSN’59,
                                                                          Nancy Gallienne Yost, BSN’57,
missionary, working with             Alliance on Mental Illness. She                                            has moved to Asbury Methodist
                                                                          is enjoying retirement with travel,
daughters of prostitutes and         and her husband Larry have a                                               Village in Gaithersburg, Md.
                                                                          church activities, reading, and
conducting conflict management       farm in Franklin, N.C., where they                                         She belongs to several groups
                                                                          swimming. She likes to take at
workshops for police, religious      produce mostly hay for horses. She                                         including The Women’s Guild
                                                                          least one trip a year to a new
leaders, prisoners, prostitutes,     volunteers at a local community                                            of Wesley Theological Seminary
                                                                          place or country. She has two
illiterate women, and high school    care clinic and is a member of the                                         in Washington, D.C. She enjoys
                                                                          daughters, Karen and Susan,
students. She also is involved       volunteer reserve medical corps.                                           seeing friends from Duke who live
                                                                          and a granddaughter. She lives in
with Rotary International,                                                                                      in the Washington, D.C., area.
                                     Sybilene Blinson Dalton,             Asheville, N.C.
focusing on polio eradication,
                                     BSN’57, currently lives in a
water and sanitation, hospice,                                            Sarah Whiteside Flanagan,
and Alzheimer’s disease. Rotary
                                     retirement community in San
                                     Antonio, Texas. She enjoys
                                                                          BSN’58, says she and her husband      1960s
International honored her in                                              Jack are doing well despite Jack      Peggy Borcherdt Bollenbach,
                                     reading, completing jigsaw
2007-2008 with its Service                                                being confined to a wheelchair and    BSN’60, and her husband William
                                     puzzles, and watching sports,
Above Self Award, which is                                                hospital bed for two years. They      are retired farmers. Their farm
                                     especially Duke basketball. She
given annually to 120 people                                              both go to the pool three times a     consisted of 40 cows, 40 calves,
                                     has three children. Diane Warren
worldwide. Bedell is a medical                                            week for Jack’s physical therapy,     and a dozen chickens. Now
                                     lives in San Antonio and has her
assessor with Project CURE,                                               and Sarah also does yoga twice        they enjoy traveling, gardening,
                                     own business. Bob Dalton lives in
assessing third-world countries’                                          a week, as well as being involved     and spending time their blended
                                     Marietta, Ga. John Dalton lives in
needs for medical equipment. She                                          in various church organizations.      family of 10 children and 19
                                     Knoxville, Tenn.
serves on the boards of directors                                         They live in Lakeland, Fla.           grandchildren. They live in
for two organizations, Circle of     Margaret S. Parish, BSN’57, and                                            Alderson, W.Va.
                                                                          Roberta Wilson Jenkins, BSN’58,
Care and Family Hospice. When        her husband William celebrated
                                                                          recently retired from the board of
not volunteering, Bedell enjoys      their 50th wedding anniversary
                                                                          directors of a federally qualified
singing with two choral groups       last June. In April they moved
                                                                          community health center. She
and playing bridge. She and her      “down the street” in Charlotte
                                                                          enjoys volunteering with a local
husband Richard Bedell, T’53,        to a retirement home. She is very
                                                                          non-profit that provides a food
MD’57, live in Lafayette, Colo.,     active in her church and related
                                                                          pantry and advocacy services. She
and have four children and 10        organizations such as Urban
                                                                          lives in Brandywine, Md.
grandchildren.                       Ministries, Loaves and Fishes,
                                     and more. The couple has three       Ann Cannon Rollins, BSN’58,           Deanna B. Little, BSN’60, is
Judith H. Lefkowitz, BSN’56,
                                     children and five grandchildren.     retired, volunteers with a hospice,   staying active volunteering at her
is retired from nursing but
                                                                          a respiratory rehabilitation          church and local organizations,
still stays active at Vanderbilt     Joan Worrall Seifred, N’57, is
                                                                          center, and the Shepard’s Center      and traveling by RV in the U.S.
University Hospital in Nashville.    a member of a local garden club
                                                                          in Greensboro, N.C., where she        and Canada. She and her husband
She supports her husband, Lewis      in Moneta, Va. that raises money
                                                                          lives. She enjoys doing ancestry      Tom, T’60, also enjoy traveling
B. Lefkowitz Jr., MD, HS’56-         for local charities. In 2011, she
                                                                          searches and keeping in touch         overseas. They are pictured with
’57, an emeritus professor of        achieved the 500-hour volunteer
                                                                          with Duke University School of        four of their eight grandchildren.
preventive medicine, with his        milestone in the Master Gardener
                                                                          Nursing classmates. Her husband       They live in Ponta Gorda, Fla.
retirement duties of interviewing    Program. She also is an avid
                                                                          Hal Rollins Jr., BS’57 (medicine),
medical school applicants and        reader and enjoys knitting and
                                                                          MD’58, is retired from
mentoring students. She also         making jewelry. She has three
                                                                          ophthalmology. They have three
volunteers with a sewing group       adult children.
                                                                          children and five grandchildren.
that makes wheelchair and
walker bags for hospital patients.
She also takes piano lessons,

                                    Betty Shore Shackleford,           broadened to include behavioral
                                    BSN’61, continues to teach         management of voices in
                                    part time at Forsythe Technical    other diagnoses, especially
                                    Community College and              post-traumatic stress disorder
                                    working pro re nata (PRN) at       and sexual trauma. Trygstad
                                    Pioneer Community Hospital         recently returned from a 35-
Joan Brown Rhodes, BSN’57,          of Stokes. She likes working       day trip to Egypt, Jordan, and
MSN’60, retired in 2010 after a     in her garden and spending         Israel. She and her husband
34-year career at the University    time with her family, including    of 40 years, Bruce, live in        Susan S. Ferguson, N’67,
of Colorado School of Nursing,      four children—Clare, Barbara,      Sonoma, Calif., and have a         and her husband Henry, L’68,
where she held various              Brian, MD’89, and William,         condo in San Francisco, that       moved to Mystic, Conn. in
positions, including director of    MD’85. She and her husband         offers the “best of city and       2010 to be near their daughter
student services, and working       John F. Flanagan, MD’53, live      country living.” They enjoy        Heather and her family who
in the professional development     in King, N.C.                      spending time with friends and     live on Fishers Island. Susan is
department. She met her                                                participating in movie, book,      involved with the Fishers Island
                                    Bonnie Buff, N’62, has retired
husband, Winston L. Rhodes,                                            and investment clubs. They         Health Project, which insures
                                    from nursing and ended her
in 1964 when she took a staff                                          also spend a lot of time with      there is a doctor on the island
                                    consulting business. “It’s
nursing position on board the                                          their grandchildren.               year round. The Fergusons
                                    amazing to me that I grad-
medical ship SS Hope, which                                                                               like all outdoor activities
                                    uated 50 years ago!” she says.     Gretchen Capehart DeCou,
docked for a year in Guinea,                                                                              and recently traveled to New
                                    She still lives in Raleigh, as     BSN’67, retired from nursing in
West Africa. They married in                                                                              Zealand, Alaska, Bonaire,
                                    do two of her three children.      2011. She lives in Moorestown,
1967 and have three children                                                                              Ireland, and Costa Rica.
                                    The third is in California. She    N.J., the town where she grew
and several grandchildren. They
                                    enjoys her bridge group and        up, and spends a lot of time       Kristen Wolfe Goff, BSN’67,
live in Littleton. Colo.
                                    doing water aerobics. She also     with her 104-year-old father.      retired in April from The
Elaine S. Welsh, BSN’60,            is “waging a constant war          She and her husband Richard        Museum of the Shenandoah
is living in a retirement           against the herd of deer who       have three grown sons and a        Valley as the visitor services
community in Hendersonville,        love to ‘Eat at Bonnies.’ ”        new black Labrador puppy who       coordinator of 160 volunteers.
N.C. with her husband                                                  keeps them active.                 Her past nursing career included
                                    Patricia Drewry Sanger,
Norman. She is active in the                                                                              public health nursing, teaching,
                                    BSN’62, is founder and             Nancy E. Dayton, BSN’67,
Philanthropic Educational                                                                                 and school nursing. She and
                                    executive director of the          is enjoying retirement after a
Organization that gives                                                                                   her husband David Goff,
                                    non-profit Arts-Kids, Inc., a      33-year academic career. She
scholarships to girls and women                                                                           G’67, have three children and
                                    13-year-old youth development      was honored with a service
entering or advancing their                                                                               three grandchildren and live in
                                    program offered in Park City,      and leadership award from the
education in the education                                                                                Winchester, Va.
                                    Utah schools and on an Indian      Union University chapter of
field. When she lived in
                                    reservation. She also maintains    Sigma Theta Tau in Jackson,
Fearrington Village in Pittsboro,
                                    a small, private psychotherapy     Tenn. She twice was selected
N.C., several years ago, she
                                    practice in her home. She          to Who’s Who in American
helped to establish the health
                                    has three adult children and       Teachers. She now stays busy
care facility there. She has a
                                    several grandchildren and lives    with her four grandchildren,
son, two daughters, and six
                                    in Park City.                      is active in her church, and
                                                                       enjoys playing bridge, knitting,
                                    Louise Nigh Trygstad, BSN’62,
Catharine Ross Bell, BSN’61, a                                         and reading. She lives in
                                    retired as a professor at the
breast cancer survivor, is active                                      Knoxville, Tenn.                   Bonnie Butt McLean, BSN’67,
                                    University of San Francisco
with a breast cancer coalition,                                                                           has run an acupuncture                DUKENURSINGSUMMER2011
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                                    12 years ago but continues to
mentoring newly diagnosed                                                                                 practice for 28 years, the past
                                    volunteer with her research
women and presenting                                                                                      16 of which have been in her
                                    partner. This summer, they
outreach programs. In her                                                                                 hometown of Pensacola, Fla.
                                    both will be keynote speakers
free time she enjoys knitting,                                                                            She practices acupuncture and
                                    at the 22nd Congress of the
doing yard work, exercising,                                                                              Chinese medicine. She has two
                                    Japan Academy of Psychiatric
cooking, and traveling. She and                                                                           sons, both of whom are pilots
                                    and Mental Health Nursing.
her husband Jim live in Lewes,                                                                            in the U.S. Marine Corps., and
                                    Their research initially focused
Del., and have two children                                                                               five grandchildren.
                                    on schizophrenia but has
and four grandchildren.
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Linda Smith Beckett, BSN’69,           has three children, Marie, Eric,
poses inside Cameron Indoor            and Katherine, T’07, F’11, and         Soviet countries. She began taking
Stadium with her husband               two granddaughters, and lives in       Russian language classes in 1995
Tom, E’69, and their grandson          Eastham, Mass.                         and continues today. She has been
Will last May, right after Will                                               to Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine
received an award from the Duke                                               many times with a church group
University Talent Identification       1970s                                  and with Christian Children’s
(TIP) Program. TIP is a nonprofit      Jane Stallard Barnett, BSN’72,         Fund. This May she will go to
organization dedicated to serving      works full time as a nurse             Russia for the ninth time. At home
academically gifted and talented       consultant for the Poudre School       in Richmond, Va., she teaches        Diane Smith Pogmore, BSN’72,
youth. The Becketts live in            District in Fort Collins, Colo. She    English as a second language to      has worked for the past 18 years
Apex, N.C.                             also is a health coach, working        Russian-speaking senior citizens     as a Certified Wound Ostomy
                                       primarily with teens. When not         at a Jewish independent living       Continence Nurse at The Medical
Carole Frey LeBar, BSN’63,
                                       working, she enjoys skiing, hiking,    facility. She and her husband        Center of Aurora, Colorado.
MSN’69, is still working part time
                                       and visiting her 93-year-old           William have four children and a     She assesses and treats acute and
as a psychotherapist. She also
                                       mother in Massachusetts. Her           fourth grandchild on the way.        chronic wounds of all types in
volunteers at an animal shelter
                                       three sons are in college. John                                             both the acute care hospital and
and with the Obama re-election                                                Katharine A. Gracely-Kilgore,
                                       is studying computer science at                                             a small hospital-based outpatient
campaign. She recently helped                                                 BSN’72, of Doswell, Va., currently
                                       Colorado State University and                                               clinic. She and her husband
to bring a blind Ethiopian man                                                works as a pediatric nurse
                                       has plans to spend the summer in                                            George R. Pogmore Jr., T’72,
to the U.S. and helped find an                                                practitioner (PNP) in a private
                                       China. Steven and Thomas, both                                              will celebrate their 40th wedding
ophthalmologist to perform pro                                                practice in Richmond, Va. She
                                       19, attend community college.                                               anniversary this year. They live in
bono surgery. The surgery was                                                 has been a PNP since 1978,
                                                                                                                   Greenwood Village, Colo.
successful and the man’s vision is     Barbara Eshelman Bergersen,            working in Maryland, Chicago,
now 20/20. She and her husband         BSN’72, has been working in            and Albany, N.Y., before moving      Jane Ehrensall Rohrbaugh,
John have four children and two        nursing for most of the past 40        back to Richmond. Over the           BSN’72, has spent the past 23
grandchildren and live n Durham.       years. For the last 15-years she has   years she has been a preceptor       years working as a pediatric nurse
                                       been a staff nurse in the mother/      for graduate nurse practitioner      practitioner for a children’s clinic
                                       baby unit at Sacred Heart of           students while working at            in St. Louis, Mo. She currently is
                                       Riverbend Hospital in Eugene.          Virginia Commonwealth                working three days a week. She
                                       Oreg. She and her husband Paul         University Student Health            also is a preceptor for master’s
                                       have three sons, ages 26, 24, and      Services. She also wrote a chapter   level PNP students. She and her
                                       21, and live in Eugene.                for a pharmacology textbook.         husband, James R. Rohrbaugh,
                                                                              When not visiting her children,      MD, have two children and one
                                                                              she enjoys gardening, taking         grandchild and live in St. Louis.
                                                                              Pilates classes, and reading. She
Kristina Meservey, BSN’69, in
                                                                              and her husband Dennis have
photo at right, and her “spousal
                                                                              been married for 32 years and
equivalent” Ross MacLean, left,
                                                                              renewed their vows five years
are shown playing Santa and
                                                                              ago. Their two sons are both in
Mrs. Clause at their church last
                                                                              school. James is in his last year
December. Pictured with them
                                                                              at Savannah College of Art and
is their pastor, Sally Norris.         Connie Stevenson Gottwald,
                                                                              Design and Alex is in his second
Meservey says she became disabled      BSN’72, is retired from nursing
                                                                              year at the Royal Veterinary         Christine Reiss Cattle, BSN’73,
after chemotherapy treatment for       and now is fascinated with the
                                                                              College in London.                   sent this photo taken at the Class
cancer in 2009, but is still living    people and cultures of the former
                                                                                                                   of ’73 Hanes House Reunion at
an active life. She exercises in the
Physical Exam Class Helps Student Diagnose Own Cancer
On June 9, 28-year-old Meera Patel, MSN’09, walked down the aisle to          tected, the more likely that it will spread to the surrounding lymph
celebrate the promise of life-long love.                                      nodes and neck structures, be harder to treat, and become more
Along with the spirited toasts and dancing that will follow, the day likely   aggressive. “So the fact that it was discovered early was certainly good
included a more contemplative celebration by many who give thanks that        for her,” Pereira said.
Patel has remained cancer-free for the past three years.                      For the next eight weeks Patel underwent high-dose radioactive io-
“Of all the cancers to have, thyroid cancer certainly is not                                                      dine treatment during which she
the worse,” Patel said matter-of-factly.                                                                          was driven to maintain her full
                                                                                                                  schedule of school and clinical
But that doesn’t suggest that her journey was painless                                                            obligations.
or easy. Like most cancer sufferers who undergo intense
treatment, Patel experienced severe side effects like the                                                              “I was tired all the time, my face
temporary loss of hair, weakness, and being ill.                                                                       was swollen, and my hair was
                                                                                                                       falling out,” Patel said. “But Kathy
What’s curious about Patel’s case is that she discovered her                                                           was very supportive. If I was too
cancer accidentally while practicing physical exam skills on                                                           tired we’d reschedule my clinics.”
herself when she was a family nurse practitioner student at
Duke University School of Nursing.                                                                                     “The iodine treatment made her
                                                                                                                       pretty sick,” Pereira said. “I was
A Valuable Class                                                                                                       amazed with her determination
In what turned out to be a prescient day in her physi-                                                                 and professionalism through it
cal exam class in 2007, Patel learned the finer points of                                                              all. She functioned at a very high
palpating, or examining by touch, the thyroid glands of her                                                            level in clinic. All of the patients
classmates. In late 2008 during an OBGYN clinical rotation,                                                            loved her.”
she realized she hadn’t practiced examining a thyroid gland
                                                                                                                       Patel is now on a life-long regimen
in over a year, so decided to practice on herself.
                                                                                                                       of synthetic thyroid hormone.
“That’s when I felt the nodule,” she said. “I assumed it                                                               She’s a family nurse practitioner
was benign because I felt fine. I waited about a month to                                                              at the Jacksonville Heart Center in
go to student health.”                                                                                                 Jacksonville, Fla., and sees her en-
It was good that she didn’t wait longer.                                                                               docrinologist every three months.
                                                                                                                        “I can’t emphasize enough how
The physician at Duke Student Health ordered an                 “I’m certainly grateful                       Kathy was such a big part of this process.
ultrasound and referred Patel for a biopsy, which was
inconclusive.                                                    that I was taught how                        She always emphasized that everything
                                                                                                              was going to be OK. For my mom, it really
Patel consulted Katherine Pereira, MSN’02, DNP’12,               to palpate a thyroid
                                                                                                              helped knowing that Kathy was my instruc-
an assistant professor in Duke’s Family Nurse Practitioner       gland and recognize                          tor and my nurse practitioner provider. She
Program who also maintains an active clinical endocrinol-
ogy practice.                                                    an abnormal one.”                            felt there were people looking after me.”

                                                                                         MEERA PATEL          Patel’s husband Vatsal Suthar is a dental
“Kathy said that since the biopsy was inconclusive I should
                                                                                                              student at the Medical University of South
have exploratory surgery to make sure,” Patel said. “She
                                                                                                              Carolina in Charleston. Patel will move to
was great at helping to get it scheduled.” Patel had taken a class with
                                                                              Charleston after the wedding. She also wants to return to school within
Pereira before and was scheduled to do an endocrinology rotation with
                                                                              the next couple of years to earn a doctor of nursing practice degree.
her that January.                                                                                                                                                   DUKENURSINGSUMMER2011
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                                                                              Peireira said she has no doubts that Patel will continue to be
Instead of going home to Jacksonville, Fla., for Christmas, Patel remained
                                                                              highly successful.
at Duke for surgery. The cancer was so advanced she required a complete
thyroidectomy and had nearly 20 lymph nodes removed where the disease         “Meera is a very intelligent, bright woman,” Periera said. “She was one of
had spread.                                                                   the most delightful students I’ve taught—one of our school’s bright shiny
                                                                              pennies as far as doing well and taking off with her degree. I wish her
“Clearly the cancer had spread and had been going on for awhile,” Patel
                                                                              nothing but happiness.”
said. “I’m certainly grateful that I was taught how to palpate a thyroid
                                                                                                                                       – JIM ROGALSKI
gland and recognize an abnormal one.”
Pereira said that the longer thyroid cancer goes undiagnosed or unde-

Wrightsville Beach last October.                                               Republic with a group of 40. She       is keeping active with home
Thirty-five members—many of                                                    traveled there two years ago and       remodeling projects, serving
whom haven’t seen each other                                                   with her group treated more than       on the board of the ladies golf
in 38 years—gathered for the                                                   1,000 patients in four days. When      league, and most recently,
spirited weekend.                                                              not working, Thorpe tutors a           ballroom dancing with her
                                                                               friend’s daughter, who is a survivor   husband Dean, a pediatrician.
Sally Austen Tom, T’73, BSN’75,
                                                                               of childhood leukemia, in college      They have two grown sons,
of Silver Spring, Md., is currently
                                                                               math. She also enjoys exercising,      David and Greg, and live in
a faculty member in the midwifery      Susan P. O’Dell, BSN’77, is in her
                                                                               knitting, playing bridge, reading,     Sugar Land, Texas.
program of Frontier Nursing            28th year as a nurse practitioner
                                                                               and spending summer vacations in
University and teaches three           for Kaiser Permanente. She
                                                                               Ocean City, N.J., with her family.
online professional role courses.
She also travels to Hyden, located
                                       cares for mothers and newborns
                                       and specializes in lactation
                                                                               She lives in Dedham, Mass.             1980s
                                                                                                                      Mary Kay Grady, BSN’82, MD,
in the mountains of eastern            counseling. Her husband
                                                                                                                      is a senior anesthesiologist at the
Kentucky and the birthplace of         Christopher, T’77, is a private-
                                                                                                                      Washington Hospital Center in
nurse-midwifery in the United          practice attorney. They have
                                                                                                                      Washington, DC. Her husband
States, several times a year to        two daughters, Erin and Kelley,
                                                                                                                      of 14 years, George, is a urologist
teach clinical assessment skills.      DNP’12, and live in Golden,
                                                                                                                      at the hospital. They have twins,
She serves as a commissioner and       Colo. She and Kelley are pictured
                                                                                                                      Grace and Liam, and live in
coordinator of site visitors for       at a home Duke men’s basketball
                                                                                                                      Annandale, Va.
the Accreditation Commission           game during the recent season.
for Midwifery Education, the                                                                                          Susan R. McLean Whitehurst,
                                       Joan Cassetta Shields, BSN’77,
accrediting agency for midwifery                                               Karen Margolis Frank, BSN’79,          MSN’87, is project manager for
                                       of Colorado Springs, Colo., works
education programs. She also                                                   left in photo, and Molly Morris        the Centers for Medicare and
                                       as the managing director of the
spends one day a week working                                                  Joffe, BSN’79, recently got            Medicaid Services’ Partnership
                                       Colorado campus of the Center
as a dog trainer and in 2010,                                                  together for a mini reunion some       for Patients Campaign (PFP). She
                                       for Creative Leadership (CCL),
received national certification as a                                           30 years after graduating from         is a senior consultant for patient
                                       which ranks among the world’s
Certified Professional Dog Trainer-                                            Duke. Karen lives and works            safety and speaker for The Join
                                       top 10 providers of executive
Knowledge Assessed.                                                            in Boulder, Colo. She and her          Commission’s accountability
                                       education. She recently became
                                                                               husband Mark have two children,        measures. She serves 50 hospitals
Kim S. Hug, BSN’77, is                 a board-certified coach and head
                                                                               Heather and Christopher. Molly         in the PFP campaign. She has two
now working for The Joint              designer on the Robert Wood
                                                                               lives and works in Marin County,       adult daughters and lives in Rocky
Commission as a home care              Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows
                                                                               Calif. She and her husband have        Mount, N.C.
supervisor. The commission             Program. CCL and UNC have
                                                                               three children, Margaux, T’06,
accredits and certifies more than      partnered on this initiative. Shields
                                                                               Natalie, and Gabrielle.
19,000 health care organizations
and programs in the United States.
                                       enjoys skiing, cooking, and hiking
                                       with her husband and their two          Gretchen A. Geist, BSN’79,             2000s
Hug is enjoying the nationwide         golden retrievers. Her daughter         earned a master of science in          Tanya Henley Lam, MSN’00,
travel that is involved with her       Jessica Harris, a head start teacher    nursing degree in December 2011        and her husband Gordon Ka
new job and hopes to visit with        in Shelby, N.C., is expecting a         from Edgewood College School of        Wing Lam, MD’01, HS’01-’04,
some Duke classmates along             child with her husband Jeremy in        Graduate and Professional Studies      welcomed a son, Luke Henley
the way. She and her husband           September. Her son Zach Gurvis          in Madison, Wis. She is a nurse        Juhn Ho Lam, on Oct. 14,
Richard have two children, Kevin,      lives in Denver and works as an         educator at the Rock River Free        2011. Luke joins 4-year-old old
MD’12, and Kelley, a Stanford          admissions counselor.                   Clinic in Jefferson, Wis., providing   brother, Grant. The family lives in
graduate who is working in San                                                 direct patient care and working        Davidson, N.C.
                                       Judith A. Thorpe, BSN’77, has
Francisco as a field engineer for a                                            with a group of registered nurses      Kelly Thompson-Brazill,
                                       worked for the past year and a
construction company.                                                          to expand care coordination and        MSN’02, a nurse practitioner
                                       half as the associate chief nursing
                                                                               health education services. She and     in cardiothoracic surgery at
                                       officer at Hallmark Health
                                                                               her husband Brad Myers, a family       WakeMed Health and Hospitals
                                       System’s Melrose-Wakefield
                                                                               physician, have two adult children,    in Raleigh, has been appointed
                                       Hospital in Melrose, Mass. In
                                                                               and live in Jefferson.                 to the North Carolina Nurses’
                                       this role, she is responsible for
                                       operations and informatics. In          Sheryl Johnson Gmoser, T’78,           Association Commission on
                                       June, she plans to take a medical       BSN’79, hasn’t worked in               Education. She and her husband
                                       mission trip to the Dominican           nursing for several years but          Martin Brazill live in Raleigh.

Katherine ‘Katie’ Hornack,              and supplies for the nursing lab.        April Schultz, ABSN’07, is an
ABSN’06, has moved to Chicago           Ireland also recently passed the         intake coordinator for the UNC
and is working in the neurology         certification in critical care nursing   Rehabilitation Center, where she
intensive care unit at Rush             exam. She is a nurse manager             previously served as a staff nurse
University Medical Center. She          of a 12-bed medical intensive            and assistant nurse manager. She
lives a block away from her             care unit at the University of           served on the UNC-Chapel Hill
sister and is close to her family       Rochester Medical Center, where          Magnet Operations Committee,
in Cleveland. She is applying to        she oversees 50 staff nurses. She        helping UNC Hospital achieve            Elizabeth M. Driscoll, ABSN’06,
graduate schools in Chicago and         and her husband, a survivor of           its first Magnet designation. She       MSN’09, her husband David,
Cleveland to become an acute care       the 2010 Haitian earthquake, had         also presented a poster at the          and their children moved to
nurse practitioner.                     their first son Liam in January          2011 Magnet Conference on               Anchorage, Alaska, in 2008,
                                        2011. They also have two                 staff education that focused on         where David took a new job
                                        adopted daughters, Kayla, 12, and        ventricular assist device patients in   as director for the Institute for
                                        Danielle, 9. The family lives in         rehab. She lives in Chapel Hill.        Circumpolar Health Studies at the
                                        Rochester, N.Y.                                                                  University of Alaska, Anchorage
                                                                                                                         (UAA). Elizabeth was able to
                                                                                                                         complete her Duke MSN degree
                                                                                                                         with clinical work in Anchorage.
                                                                                                                         Since 2009, she has been working
Andrea Plested, ABSN’06, moved                                                                                           at a nurse practitioner-owned
back to Colorado in 2011 after                                                                                           clinic in Anchorage. This year,
spending nearly five years working                                                                                       she also began coordinating the
on the trauma/transplant/general                                                 Anthony ‘Tony’ Amato,                   first-year family nurse practitioner
surgery step-down unit at Duke          Laura S. Wilbourn, ABSN’07,              ABSN’08, currently is attending         students at UAA in which she
University Hospital. She spent last     is working in labor and delivery         the nurse anesthesia program            arranges clinical placements, guest
summer working as a registered          and postpartum nursing in South          at Virginia Commonwealth                lectures, and more. This summer
nurse at an overnight YMCA              Korea, where her husband Samuel          University. He and his wife             she’ll also begin working at the
camp in the Rockies, and now is         is stationed in the U.S. Army.           Robin will celebrate their second       student health center at UAA.
working as an inpatient cardiac         For the past three years she has         wedding anniversary this year.
rehab RN in Granby, Colorado.           worked at the Brian Allgood Army         Amato enjoys photographing
                                        Community Hospital. In May,              engagements and weddings for his
Sara Stafford, ABSN’06, and
                                        she and her family were planning         Duke friends. The couple lives in
her husband Benjamin ‘Luke’
                                        to move to Monterey, Calif., for         Richmond, Va.
Stafford, ABSN’06, are expecting
                                        Samuel’s next deployment. She
their first child in June. The couple                                            Darcy Anne King, ABSN’08, lives
                                        said a move to Beijing, China is
has moved to Meredith, N.H.,                                                     in Seattle, where she works as a
                                        likely in the future. The Wilbourns
where Luke is a full-time certified                                              high-risk obstetrics nurse. She also
                                        have three young daughters.                                                      Erin Boyd Hobgood, ABSN’09,
registered nurse anesthetist at                                                  is studying at the University of
Lakes Region General Hospital,                                                   Washington to become a certified        and her husband Taylor welcomed
and Sara is working part                                                         nurse midwife.                          twins Colby and Nora last
time as a registered nurse at a                                                                                          October. Erin is a clinical nurse
                                                                                 Margo Astor Moore, MSN’08,              in Duke Hospital’s neonatal
private boarding school. They
                                                                                 recently moved from Arlington,          intensive care unit. The family
are remodeling a 200-year-old
                                                                                 Va., to start a new position as         lives in Cary, N.C.
farmhouse and enjoying the
                                                                                 a nurse practitioner in the
natural beauty of New Hampshire.                                                                                         Melissa Peters, ABSN’07,               27 DUKENURSiNGSUMMER2012
                                                                                 breast surgical oncology pro-
Kate Ireland, MSN’07, is involved                                                gram at Duke.                           MSN’11, is a certified registered
                                        Katie L. Sligh, ABSN’07, was                                                     nurse anesthetist at UNC
with Haiti Providence University,
                                        to be married on May 19 to                                                       Hospitals. She said she will
a new university in Haiti, which
                                        Chris Moore. She is a level one                                                  “proudly wear my Blue Devil
opened in 2012 and is in the
                                        trauma nurse in the emergency                                                    scrub hat to work every game
process of starting a nursing
                                        department of Orlando Regional                                                   day.” Last summer she took a long
program. She is currently assisting
                                        Medical Center in Orlando, Fla.,                                                 road trip to visit several national
with curriculum development and
                                        where she lives.                                                                 parks. She covered 9,000 miles
collecting textbooks for the library
                                                                                                                         and visited 27 states.

Sue White Massenburg Starr, N’35, BSN’40, died March               College. The annual family vacation to Myrtle Beach was
23, 2011. She was 99. She was the wife of the late Rev.            something she enjoyed for over 50 years. In her later years,
Homer P. Starr.                                                    she discovered woodcarving. Bingham was predeceased by
                                                                   her husband of 62 years, Alvin L. Bingham Jr., E’49. She is
iris Melton Whitaker, BSN’43, of Fuquay-Varina, formerly of        survived by a daughter and two sons, five grandchildren, and a
Chapel Hill, died January 22, 2011. She was 90. Whitaker was       great-granddaughter.
a nurse at Lennox Baker Children’s Hospital in Durham for
many years. She is survived by three daughters, a son, and their   Enid Troxler Dula, N’48, died Jan. 12, 2012, at her home in
spouses; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; and many       Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 85. She began her nursing career
nieces and nephews.                                                in the medical department of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. She
                                                                   did private duty nursing for 35 years. She also was a former
Bernice Cobb Jones, BSN’44, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died           member of the N.C. State Nurses Association. She enjoyed
April 30, 2012. She was 90. She worked as head nurse of the        volunteering with Forsyth Hospital and Meals on Wheels. She
Department of Urology at Duke University Hospital. After           was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Dula Sr.,
marrying Joseph F. Jones and moving to Winston-Salem,              and her sister. She is survived by a son, a grandson, and two
she became a mother and homemaker. She enjoyed cooking             great-grandchildren.
and collected hundreds of cookbooks and recipes. She also
volunteered to prepare meals at the Samaritan Soup Kitchen.        Ellen Goforth Montero, BSN’48, died on January 20, 2012.
Jones is survived by her husband of 59 years, a daughter and       She was 87. She was preceded in death by her husband of
son, and two grandsons.                                            65 years, Enrique Montero, MD, HS’44-’47. While at Duke
                                                                   she won the Bagby Award in pediatrics as the best senior
Barbara Peterson Lohrstorfer, N’47, of Battle Creek, Mich.,        nurse. She taught nursing at the Medical College of Georgia
died January 6, 2012. She was 87. She was a nurse at Bixby         until her family moved to Griffin, Ga. in 1953, where she
Hospital in Adrian, Mich., when she met her future husband,        was a homemaker, and both nurse and office administrator
John E. Lohrstorfer, a Michigan state trooper. They moved          in her husband’s medical practice. They both retired in 1986.
around Michigan, and Barbara worked at several different           Survivors include a son and daughter, five grandchildren, and
hospitals. She was a member of a skydiving club and made           two great-grandchildren.
her first jump at age 75. She is survived by her husband and
eight children.                                                    Nancy Lee Wright King, N’53, of Shelby, N.C., died December
                                                                   7, 2010. She was 80. She is survived by four daughters and
Helen Jones Majette, N’47, of Southern Pines, N.C., died           their respective husbands, three brothers, seven grandchildren,
Feb. 16, 2012. She was 86. Her nursing career over the years       and four great-grandchildren.
included serving as assistant director of nursing at the N.C.
Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, assistant professor at the       Elizabeth Whitley Hofferbert, N’58, BSN’60, died April 1,
UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, and assistant professor at      2012, under hospice care in Huntersville, N.C. She was 74. She
the UNC-Wilmington School of Nursing. She is survived by a         had a long and varied nursing career. She is survived by her
sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews.                         husband of 50 years, William, two sons, and two daughters.

Virgie Ray Bingham, N’48, of Greensboro, N.C., died                Sylvia Singletary Suitt, BSN’83, of Fayetteville, N.C., died
May 7, 2012. She was 85. During her career she worked              February 19, 2012. She was 50. Suitt is survived by her
as a registered nurse and nursing instructor at Cone and           husband Michael, her father Allan Singleary Sr., a sister, and
Wesley Long hospitals, and Guilford Technical Community            three brothers.
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Graduation 2012
Record Number of Degrees Awarded

The School of Nursing awarded degrees to its largest class
ever, with 174 students “crossing the stage” during the
May 13 hooding and recognition ceremony. The school
awarded three PhD in nursing degrees, 83 accelerated
bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) degrees, 59 master
of science in nursing degrees, seven post-master’s certifi-
cates, 31 doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degrees, and
one health informatics certificate.
    Dean Catherine L. Gilliss, BSN’71, DNSc, RN, FAAN,
delivered welcoming remarks, and Beverly Malone, PhD,
RN, FAAN, chief executive officer of the National League
for Nursing, delivered the commencement address. Nurs-
ing Alumni Association President Kathy E.V. Gallagher,
BSN’75, and Chancellor for Health Affairs Victor J. Dzau,
MD, also spoke during the ceremony, and DNP graduate
George L. Baxter III, DNP’12, ARNP, CEN, RN, offered
encouraging words to his fellow graduates during the
student address.
    “Be that one nurse who is fierce when it comes to ad-
vocating for the health of your patients, your health sys-
tems, your communities, your nations, and your world,”
he said. “It is your world. As a nurse, you are trusted and
admired. It is up to you to lead this world to healthier            ing skills in patient assessment, communications, nursing care
living. You have a big responsibility, but you can stare it down,   interventions, and professionalism. Ginille J. Lazaro, ABSN’11,
look it in the eye, and say, ‘I got this,’ because you do.”         received the fall 2011 award, and Allison Booth Stubberud,
    Two students received special recognition at the ceremony as    T’09, ABSN’12, received the spring 2012 award.
recipients of the Ruby L. Wilson Excellence in Clinical Practice
Award. The award is given each fall and spring to the graduat-
ing ABSN student who most clearly demonstrates outstand-

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