Academy Selects Three New Members
The American Academy of Nursing recently honored three gerontological nurses at their annual induction ceremony and annual meeting in Los Angeles on September 16-18. There are few gerontological nurses represented in the prestigious body so more of us should attempt to become members. The three inducted in the September meeting were Lois Knowles, RN, PhD; Laurie Gunter, RN, PhD; and H. Terri Brower, RN, EdD. Laurie Gunter and H. Terri Brower are both members of the Editorial Board of the JOURNAL OF GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING.
In this and future issues of the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, "Meet Your Leaders" will focus on various leaders in gerontological nursing around the country who were nominated for "Gerontological Nurse of the Year" in 1978.
Norma Wall - Tennessee
Norma Wall is the Director of Nursing at Green Valley Haven Medical Care Center in Dickson, Tennessee. She has held this position for 13 years. Prior to coming to Green Valley Haven she received her nursing degree from St. Thomas School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee. From 1958 through 1964 she worked as a staff nurse and an office nurse at Dickson General Hospital, Dickson, Tennessee. Norma has also attended many continuing education workshops accumulating over 65 hours of credit.
When she first assumed the position of Director of Nursing at Green Valley Haven, the facility had 50 residents, a staff of 25, and Norma was the only registered nurse on staff. Over the past 13 years she has played an important role in the growth and development of Green Valley Haven and contributed to its excellent service in many ways. The facility now has 97 residents and a staff of 85 with seven registered nurses.
Pat Laubengayer - Iowa
Pat Laubengayer is active in gerontological nursing in the Iowa State Nurses' Association. She is presently employed with the Limn County Public Health and a clinic nurse in a wellelderly clinic. She was the Director of Nursing in a 100-bed intermediate care facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Prior to this, she had three years of experience as a charge nurse covering all shifts in intermediate and skilled facilities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Pat served as Secretary for the State Gerontological Conference Group from 1977-1978. While in that office, she was instrumental in establishing a resource library for nurses in the state requiring bibliography information or some direct publication accessibility on the subject of gerontological nursing or related subjects. As workshop chairperson for the Gerontological Conference Group, 1977, she planned and organized workshops on: Preadmission Orientation to Long-Term Care Facility, Drugs and the Geriatric Patient, and Discharge Planning.
As a member of the Continuing Education Review Panel of the Iowa Nurses' Association, 1976-1978, she has been offering consultative advice to organizations and groups submitting programs to INA for approval as continuing education.