Over the years, several factors have contributed to the success of this Journal, one of which is its respected Editorial Board. The Board has the responsibility of providing guidance and direction for the Journal, as well as reviewing all manuscripts submitted for consideration. Its members' contributions allow for the publication of quality articles that are pertinent to the field of genursing. To honor these outstanding individuals, the Journal of Gerontological Nursing is proud to announce the establishment of an Emeriti Board.
The Emeriti Board's purpose is to honor former or present Board for their significant contributions not only to the Journal and its commitment to the older individual, but also for their contributions in the field of geronto logica I nursing.
Creation of such a Board demonstrates the Journal's belief in the wisdom of the older individual. It 'allows the Journal to continue its relationship with nurses who have contributed to the care of the aged. Membership, of course, is voluntary.
Emeritus status is usually conferred upon an individual who has given a requisite number of years of service to an organization and who has reached a specific age. To qualify for induction into the Journal of Gerontological Nursing's Emeriti Board, a board member must be at least 65 years old and have served on the Editorial Board for a minimum of 4 years.
In recognition of her service and contribution to both our Journal and to geronto logica I nursing, the first inductee to the Emeriti Board is Barbara Alien Davis, EdD, RNC, FAAN.
Dr Davis has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board since the first issue. She has written many editorials, including the inaugural one for Volume 1, Issue 1 in 1975. She served as Guest Editor for special issues dealing with the Role of the Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist and International Nursing Care of the Aged. During her years of service to the Board, she has provided guidance and leadership as well as reviewed hundreds of manuscripts. Dr Davis also proposed the original idea for an Emeriti Board in her May 1988 Editorial, "Starting a JGN Emeriti Board: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?"
In addition to her contributions to the Journal, Dr Davis has also enhanced her profession. She is currently the Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Psychiatric Nursing Homes at the Brentwood Division Veterans Affairs Medical Center, West Los Angeles, California. She received her bachelor degree in nursing from St. John's University in Jamaica, New York. She later received her master's degree in psychiatric nursing from Adelphi University, and her doctorate in social gerontology and leisure education-services to the aging from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York.
Sigma Thêta Tau, the Gerontological Society of America, the National Council of Senior Citizens, the California State Nurses' Association, and the Columbia University Gerontology Alumni Society are among the many organizations of which Dr Davis is a member. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing as wel I as of the Gerontological Society of America.
In 1985, Dr Davis received the Gerontological Nurse of the Year Award, presented by the American Nurses' Association Council on Gerontological Nursing. She has also received a Superior Performance Award from the Veterans Administration, a Certificate of Appreciation from the California Nurses' Association, and a Certificate of Appreciation for her contribution to the Nursing Service Quality Assurance Program from the Veterans Administration.
Her current activities include acting as Gerontology Nursing Specialist and Social Gerontologist consultant and lecturer, and she is an Assistant Professor, Emeritus, in Gerontological Nursing at the School of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles. Dr Davis has been a guest lecturer on various topics on aging at some 25 colleges and universities and has lectured in Israel and the Soviet Union.
She has authored works in a variety of noted publications, inciuding the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the Journal of Nursing Administration, the Western Journal of Nursing Research, journals of which she had at one time been an Editorial Board member, and The Gerontologist, Nursing Models in Long Term Care, and the Quality Review Bulletin.
Through the establishment of this Emeriti Board, we hope to reaffirm our commitment to the older individual. For her many achievements and outstanding service to the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, we are proud to congratulate Barbara Alien Davis as the first inductee to our Emeriti Board. We look forward to future inductees.