Barbara Summers, RN, PhD, vice president and CNO at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, was inducted this past weekend into the American Academy of Nursing as a fellow. The formal ceremony welcomed 98 new inductees from across the U.S.
Its an overwhelming honor to be selected as a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing and to have an opportunity to advance the nursing profession on a national level, Summers said in a news release. I have the great joy of leading and working alongside the greatest oncology nurses in the world at M. D. Anderson, and I share this recognition with each of them. The gifted nurses at M. D. Anderson are the secret weapons in the war we are winning against cancer.Diaraye Sylla, RN
Diaraye Sylla, RN, BSN, was selected as a grand prize winner of the 2009 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award by Cherokee Uniforms. Sylla and five other national recipients represent a variety of healthcare professionals, from hospital employees and visiting nurses to dental hygienists and nurse anesthetists. Each one was chosen for their exemplary service and care to those in need.
After seeing the immense healthcare needs of the people in her home country of Guinea, Sylla, a clinical nurse, believed she could make a difference. On her own initiative, she found a financial supporter who agreed to fuel her vision. She helped found American Friends of Guinea, a nonprofit organization that has saved the lives of thousands of medically underserved Guineans by providing free medications, supplies, and services to health centers and hospitals in the West African country.
Sylla also was selected as a NurseWeek Nursing Excellence regional award winner in October.