The Journal of Gerontological Nursing has appointed nine new members to the Editorial Board. With each upcoming issue, we will present a different profile, focusing on a new Board member. With this issue, we would like to introduce and welcome, Delores M. Alford.
Delores M. Alford, BSNEd, MSN, FÂAN, is a partner in Nursing Associates (an in dépendent practice for primary health care of the adult, emphasizing care of the elderly), art Independent Gerontological Nursing Consultant (focusing on complex nursing and on education in gerontological nursing), and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Texas Woman's University.
She received a diploma in nursing from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana and her BSNEd from Louisiana State University. Her MSN was awarded in 1961 from the University of Texas. She is currently enrolled in the Doctoral program at North Texas State University, majoring in adult education and minoring in gerontology.
Ms. Alford served as staff and head nurse at Charity Hospital New Orleans from 1 951 to 1954. She became Education Director at Selon School of Nursing in Austin, Texas in 1958. She went on to become Assistant Professor of Medical-Surgical Nursing at Texas Woman's University in Houston and then became the Med-Surg Consultant for the MCH Project for the Harris County Hospital District. Irt 1966, she served as Consultant on the Manpower Project for the Texas State Department of Health where she studied the manpower needs of 107 nursing homes in Texas. In 1967, Ms. Alford became Coordinator of the Health Manpower Project for the Texas Nurses' Association in San Antonio. In 1973 she became Coordinator of thé Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Program at Texas Woman's University, ä program that was designed, and implemented by her,
Ms. Alfprcl is a member of a number of honor societies: Sigma Alpha Chi, Charity Hospital School of Nursing (scholastic); Phi Kappa Phi, Louisiana State University (for outstanding scholastic achievement); Kappa Delta Pi, National Honorary Teaching Society; and Sigma Theta Tau, National Honorar)- Nursing Society. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was Usted m Who's Who öf American Women in 1977-78. She was named outstanding nurse in gerontological nursing in 1979 at the opening ceremonies for the Center for Excellence in Nursing, Rush University, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Alford has been a frequent contributor to a number of publications: Caring for the Individual, "Symposium on the Woman Patient" in Nursing Clinics of North America, Texas Public Health Association Journal, Concern, American Journal of Nursing, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, and Proceedings of the American Academy of Nursing Scientific Session.
Ms. Alford is actively involved with several professional organizations. She was a member of the Geriatric Review Team of the National Review Team to accredit short-term practitioner programs and is now a site visitor for the Mountain States Region Review Team, accreditation of continuing education programs in nursing, both for the American Nurses' Association. In the Texas Nurses' Association she has participated in a number of important activities: Chairwoman for the Teachers and Consultants Group; member of the Board of Directors; Chairwoman for the Gerontological Nursing Conference Group; member of Council on Practice; and member of the Compiission on Nursing in the Texas Steering Committee for the Implementation of the Lysought Report. She is presently a member of the Continuing Education Committee and Gerontological Nurse Conference Group for District Four of the TNA. Ms. Alford is also a member of the American Geriatrics Society, Gerontological Society, Southwest Society on Aging, National Council on the Aging, Ine, and the Advisory Committee on Hypertension to the Board of Health, Texas Department of Health.