Ora Lea Strickland
RN, PhD, FAAN, dean, Florida International Universitys College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Miami
Strickland capped off 2012 National Nurses Week celebrations by singing the national anthem May 12 at the New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins baseball game at the new Marlins Park. Strickland, who had planned to become an opera singer before she discovered nursing, fulfilled her dream to perform before an audience — in this case, performing in front of more than 32,000 fans who attended the game. Strickland, a classically trained vocal artist, was FIUs first black dean as well as the first and youngest nurse in North Carolina to get a PhD in nursing, according to a news release. •
Baptist Health South Florida, Miami — Maria M. Ojeda, ARNP, MSN, MPH, NP-C, a research specialist with BHSF and a student in the dual DNP/PhD program at Barnes-Jewish Goldfarb School of Nursing, was awarded the Earle & Suzanne Harbison Jr. Annual Academic Excellence Award. The award is given to a student who demonstrated excellence the preceding term.
Unit Nurses of the Year were named at Baptist Hospital at a special presentation in the spring. The honored RNs included Marilyn Alvarez, Vera Bryant, Diane Callas, Maria Cobo, Elizabeth Conover, Diane Deaza, Melissa Dobol, Connie Drutman, Ava Duke, Delores Eachus, Erika Encalada, Shiela Escobar, Cassandre Fernandez-Andrew, Rosario Flynn, Courtney Fry, Melissa Garcia, Hannah Gauran, Wil Gil, Jasmin Guzman, Miriam Hernandez, Paula Hernandez, Claudia Hodgson, Michelle Houellemont, Ellen Denise Houston, Grace Kittelle-Cintas, Jill Knight, Delphena Magloire, Maria Marcial, Simla Mathew, Patti Miller, Jenny Navarro, Eugene Obando, Leyzer Ramirez, Maria B. Serrano, Janice Sodemann and Elizabeth Zike.
Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg, Fla. — The hospital named Cheryl Goforth, RN, as the new CNO. Goforth had been serving as the interim CNO since February.
Pardee Hospital, Hendersonvile, N.C. — Gail Garren, RN, MSN, CPHQ, recently was designated as a certified professional in healthcare quality from the National Association for Healthcare Quality. April Monnich, RN-BC, has received psychiatric and mental health nursing certification. Mary Faltus, RN, MSN-Ed, was elected as the Mountain Region director to the North Carolina Nurses Association. Terry Rogers, RN3-BC, received national certification in gerontology nursing. Lori Johnson, RN, received board certification in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Erica Hathcock, RN, received certification as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner through Mission Hospitals Forensic Nurse Examiner Program. Tricia Mills, RN-BC, BSN, received national med/surg certification. Eva Hardesty, RN, MSN, received national certification as an informatics nurse. Sarah Bentley, RN-BC, BSN, received national certification in gerontology nursing. Cindy Hagat, RN-BC, received national certification in gerontology nursing. Tiffany Hoyle, RN-BC, received national certification in med/surg nursing. Gail Lance, RNII, received board certification in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Ashley Murphy, RN, BSN, received national certification in med/surg nursing. Kathy Sanford, RN III, received board certification in psychiatric/mental health nursing.
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, New Braunfels, Texas — Deon Hobbs, RN, was named the new CNO. Hobbs has been with CSRH since 1995, serving in a variety of leadership roles.
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth — The Association of Womens Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses named Karen P. Langston, RNC-OB, MSN, C-EFM, perinatal outreach coordinator, as one of the first recipients of the Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor Recognition and Incentive Award. In addition to volunteering as a fetal heart monitoring teacher, Langston has been a perinatal nurse and educator for more than 27 years.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas — Charmaine Morse, RN, BSN, CPAN, a nurse educator in surgical services, was named the hospitals Nurse of the Year. An award-winning researcher, she recently presented findings related to unplanned perioperative hypothermia at the International Conference for PeriAnesthesia Nurses in Toronto, Canada. Morse also was named to this years list of Great 100 Nurses.
Texas Womans University College of Nursing, Houston — The AWHONN presented the Distinguished Professional Service Award, to Sandra Cesario, RN,C, PhD, MS, FAAN, PhD program coordinator and a professor, for her contributions to the field of womens health. Cesario has conducted extensive research in ovarian cancer, second stage of labor management, newborn abandonment and design of health care systems. •Gail Lance, RN Ashley Murphy, RN