SISTER ERIKA BUNKÉ, RN, MSN is program coordinator for the Division on Gerontological Nursing Practice, American Nurses Association, Kansas City, Missouri. Before her appointment to the ANA Headquarters staff, she served on the ANA Interim Certification Board and the ANA task force on PSRO. Prior to assuming her national position, she was active at the state and district levels of the Connecticut State Nurses' Association.
The Journal's new editorial board member has extensive background in gerontological nursing that includes positions of clinical nurse specialist and nursing home consultant. Sister Erika has addressed both consumer and professional health groups on various aspects of care for the aging.
In her present position, she has served twice as project director of contracts with the Health Resources Administration, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, D.C.
Sister Erika is a member of Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey, and is active in her religious community.
IRENE MORTENSON BURNSIDE, RN.MS, is an author/lecturer who has most recently served as coordinator of Nursing Education, Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center, University ofSouth em California, Los Angeles, California. She studied at Ancker Hospital School of Nursing, St. Paul, Minnesota and received her BFA from University of Denver, Denver, Colorado. Her MS degree and Post Master's Certificate were awarded by the University of California, San Francisco. She has done further study at the Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California Summer Sessions.
Much of her progressive gerontological nursing experience has developed from her various positions held. She has served as Assistant Project Director for the Model Project for Inservice Education for Long-Term Care Facilities, Lecturer for the School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, California, afternoon charge nurse at the Convalescent Hospital, staff nurse and industrial nurse, also serving in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps as a 1st Lt.
Ms. Burnside is also an active member of the Advisory Committee on Continuing Education for Nurses, Andrus Gerontology Center, the ANA Geriatric Nursing Practice Division, Gerontological Society, and the International Association of Gerontology. She is noted for organizing the first nursing symposium at an International Gerontology Conference, and is a member of Sigma Thêta Tau, Western Gerontology Society, California Nurses' Association, American Nurses' Association and the International Council of Nurses.
Many awards and honors have been bestowed on Irene Burnside. Besides appearing in Who's Who in Women In America, she is recipient of the Meritorious Service Award, given by the American Association of Homes for the Aging (1976) and The Geronting Award, Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.
Ms. Burnside has contributed numerous articles on gerontological nursing and has several books published; among them is Psychosocial Nursing Care of the Aged that was selected as "Book of the Year" by American Journal of Nursing, 1974. She is currently editing two books: Working With The Elderly: Group Processes and Techniques and Psychosocial Caring: A Holistic Approach. She is editor of Nursing and the Aged, Psychosocial Nursing Care of the Aged (translated into Japanese in 1976) and Sexuality and Aging. She has also appeared on the CBS TV program, "Sex After Sixty" in 1974.
JACQUELINE M. HEPPLER, RN. MS, is Assistant Professor and Coordinator at the University of Colorado School of Nursing Continuing Educa' tion Services. She studied at the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Orillia, Ontario, Canada. She received both her BS and MS from the University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado. She has done further graduate study in the field of Gerontology at the U niversity of Southern California, Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontological Center.
She has served as a staff nurse at Orillia Soldier's Memorial Hospital, Ontario, Canada; University Hospital of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio; and Queen's Hospital, Nonolulu, Oahu.
Ms. Heppler has earned the reputation as an outstanding educator serving as an instructor at both Emily Griffith Opportunity School, and the Community College of Denver, Denver, Colorado. As Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Nursing, she has served in Continuing Education Programs, both in Adult Health Nurse Practitioner Program and the Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Program.
She has contributed several articles to professional journals including: "Gerontological Nurse Practitioner: Change Agents in the Health Care Delivery Systems for the Aged," JOURNAL OF GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING; "Diabetic Out of Control," co-authored with Virginia Carozza, Nursing 1973; and "Diabetes" co-authored with Anne Murray, Clinical Protocols for the Practitioner.
ROWENA E. ROGERS, RN, is the Director of Ν ursing Services at the Lake Highlands Nursing Center, Clermont, Florida. She received her educational background from Columbia Union College, Washington Sanitarium & Hospital School of Nursing, both in Takoma Park, Maryland; and Daytona Beach Community College School of Nursing, Daytona Beach, Florida. She received her BS from the University of Mid-Florida, Orlando, Florida.
Ms. Rogers has been certified for excellence in the practice of gerontological nursing by the American Nurses' Association. She is a Fellow in the American College of Nursing Home Administrators and a Diplomate of the National Geriatric Society. She is active in professional and civic organizations on local, state, and national levels. She is a member of the Commission on Nursing Services, ANA, Geriatric Certification Board, ANA, Council of Nursing Service Facilitators, ANA, Florida Council on Aging (Past President), Advisory Board, Lake County Vocational-Technical School, Eustis, Florida and Association of SDA Nurses. She also serves as secretary of the Geriatric Practice Division, Florida Nurses Association.
Ms. Rogers has written numerous árdeles which have appeared in several publications; her most recent is "Out of the Everywhere, Into the Here," Journal of American Health Care Association. She has teen the recipient of a number of outstanding awards: the Algonquin Indian Award for Outstanding Leadership, Stanley Home Products (1958), Distinguished International Award (DIANA), Epsilon Sigma Alpha for Outstanding Community Service (1971), and the Better Life Award in Education, Florida Nursing Home Association (1976).
JANET SPECHT, RN, BSN, has long been interested in the problems of the aged and in the health care system and the role nursing has in both these areas. She is presently Director of Nursing at Iowa Veterans Home, Marshalltown. Iowa, since May 1967. Prior to this she was staff nurse at Mercy Hospital and Iowa Veterans Home, Marshalltown, Iowa.
Ms. Specht is a diploma graduate of the Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing, Marshalltown, Iowa. She received her BS degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. She is currently enrolled in the Medical-Surgical Graduate Nurse Program at the University of Iowa on an extension basis.
She is a member of the Iowa Nurses1 Association, American Patients' Association, A.A.R.P., and Sigma Theta Tau. Ms. Specht is the recent recipient of the Gerontological Nurse of the Year Award from the JOURNAL OF GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING.