Appointed to Lead Gerontological Nursing
New department chairpersons re- cently have been appointed in the Rush College of Nursing at Rush-Presby- terian-St. Luke's Medical Center. Joan LeSage, RN, MS, was selected for Gerontological Nursing. The appoint- ments were announced by Luther P. Christman, PhD, Dean of theCollegeof Nursing and Vice President of Nursing Affairs at the Medical Center
A Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. Joan LeSage heads the Department of Geron- tological Nursing at the College of Nursing and at the Johnston R. Bow- man Health Center for the Elderly. Ms. LeSage is a doctoral candidate at Texas Woman's University. She also has studied at North Texas State Univer- sity's Center for Studies in Aging. Both schools are in Denton.
A high incidence of drug-related problems in the elderly guided Ms. LeSage's dissertation research toward the area of digoxin intoxication. She also has published an article in the May- June 1978 issue of The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Journal, entitled "Increasing the Role of the Family in Nursing Homes."
Ms. LeSage received a BSN from Northwestern University, Chicago, and an MS with a medical-surgical major from Northern Illinois University, De- Kalb. She has taught nursing at NIU and has done supervisory and consulta- tion work in long-term care. A member of the American Nurses Association, Ms. LeSage also has served as president of District 13 of the Illinois Nurses Association and is a member of the Gerontological Society.
Sister Marilyn Schwab,
Leader in Gerontological Nursing
Sister Marilyn Schwab, OSB, chair- person of the Division on Gerontologi- cal Nursing, American Nurses Associa- tion from 1974 to 1978, has Been elected Prioress of the Religious Community of Benedictine Sisters, Mourn Angel, Ore- gon.
Sister Marilyn .Schwab's accomplish- ments related to improving the health status of older people have been numer- ous. In addition to her term as chair- person, Sister Marilyn served four years as a member of the executive committee, testified numerous times before Con- gress on behalf of ANA, and chaired the ANA Committee on Skilled Nursing Care which produced the landmark report, "Nursing and Long-Term Care: Toward Quality Care for the Aging."
She served as an editorial board member with the JOURNAL OF GERONTOLOGICAL NURSINGand has authored many articles nursing journals.
Sister Marilyn wrote a chapter on "Professional Nursing and Care of the Aged" for the book Clinical Aspects of Aging, which was compiled by the American Geriatric Society and pub- lished by Williams and Wilkins Com- pany, Baltimore. Also, an article written by her on "Skilled Nursing Definition Revisited" will appear in a future issue of the Journal of the American Health Care Association
Jane Jones Heads Group
Exploring the Scope of Gerontological Nursing Practice
The American Nurses Association Division on Gerontological Nursing Practice recently announced the ap- pointment of an ad hoc committee to begin developing a statement on the scope of practice of gerontological nursing. Members of the committee are chairperson- Jane Jones, Washington; members-Laurie Gunter, Pennsyl- vania; Ella Kick, Ohio; Marie Fasano, California; and Lois Knowles, Florida.
The committee's charge is to prepare a definition and philosophy of geron- tological nursing practice, describe its settings and the roles and functions of gerontological nurses as well as identify the education preparation of various categories of gerontological nurses.
Carol Wichita in the News
According to a recent article in the American Journal of Nursing, Carol Wichita has found reminiscing therapy to be of great value when working with the elderly. According to the AJN, Ms. Wichita met Mary Opal Wolanin while studying for a BSN at the University of Arizona. Ms. Wolanin, specialist in gerontology, geared Ms. Wichita into the field and through Priscilla Ebersole and Irene Burnside, two nurses long active in geriatric tare, Ms. Wichita learned about reminiscing therapy.
Ms. Wichita, who was, until recently, director of nurses at the Posada del Soi nursing home in Tucson, is the chairperson of the Arizona Nurses Association geriatric-gerontology division and is an ANA certified gerontological nurse. She is a member of the Pina County Council on Aging, the Tucson Research in Nursing Council, and the District 2 Arizona Nurses Association legislative committee.