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Seven from University of Maryland School of Nursing Elected Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing

November 10, 2000

Baltimore, Md.  The University of Maryland School of Nursing is pleased to announce the induction of four faculty, two alumnae and one doctoral student into the American Academy of Nursing at ceremonies held recently in San Diego. In addition, two friends of the School of Nursing, Marilyn R. Goldwater, RN, Maryland House of Delegates, and Baltimore's WBFF-TV Fox 45 were honored at the event.

"This has been a banner year for us, and we are honored that the Academy has recognized the scholarship and excellence of these faculty, students, alumnae and friends of the School," said Barbara R. Heller, EdD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing.

Patricia Abbott, PhD, MS '92, RN, FAAN, is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing's Education, Administration, Health Policy and Informatics Department. Dr. Abbott was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and serves as chair of AMIA's Nursing Informatics Working Group. In addition, she serves as the United States representative to the International Medical Informatics Association SIG-8. Dr. Abbott was the recipient of the AMIA President's Award in 1999, and has received the AMIA President's Club Award for five consecutive years. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality has appointed her to a national task force on Information Technology and Children's Health.

Barbara Resnick, PhD, '96, CRNP, RN, FAAN, is an assistant professor in the School's Adult Health Nursing Department. She maintains a clinical practice as a geriatric nurse practitioner and is principal investigator of a $1.9 million National Institute of Aging research study. Dr. Resnick represents thousands of nurse practitioners through her membership on the Executive Board of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Through this affiliation, she has been instrumental in establishing educational guidelines, addressing policy, reimbursement, and practice and malpractice issues relevant to nurse practitioners. She also serves as a consultant, both locally and nationally, regarding the education and use of nurse practitioners.

Linda Thompson, DrPH, RN, FAAN, is an associate professor and Assistant Dean for Policy and Planning at the School of Nursing. She also serves as Director of The Center for Community Partnerships for Children and Families and as Acting Chair of the Department of Child, Women's and Family Health at the School. Dr. Thompson previously served as Special Secretary for the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families for the State of Maryland. She is a pioneer in advocating for public policy change to assure that health and human service needs of children and families are met, as federal and state governments shift responsibility to local communities. Dr. Thompson was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow in 1999.

Alison M. Trinkoff, ScD, RN, FAAN, is a professor in the School's Behavioral and Community Health Department. An epidemiologist whose research focuses on emerging trends in risk factors in various populations, Dr. Trinkoff has contributed significant findings to the current deficiency of data pertinent to nurse health issues. She is currently spearheading research programs that examine the impact of changes in health care, workforce shortages and transformations in the workplace environment on health care workers. Through this research, Dr. Trinkoff hopes to identify workplace prevention initiatives and control measures, including patient handling teams and lifting devices and their impact on nurse musculoskeletal disorders.

Doctoral candidate, Susan K. Newbold, MS '83, RNC, FAAN, has been involved in nursing informatics for over 18 years, working in a variety of settings from the hospital information system department to the vendor world in the United States, Singapore and Australia. Ms. Newbold is co-founder and co-chair of the Capital Area Roundtable on Informatics in Nursing, one of the largest special interest groups developed and organized by nurses to provide a forum for the advancement of automated health care information systems. She is assistant editor for Computers in Nursing, and has co-edited four nursing informatics books.

Two alumnae of the School of Nursing, J. Taylor Harden, PhD, BSN '72, FAAN, Assistant to the Director for Special Populations, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, and Jean F. Jenkins, PhD, BSN '75, RN, FAAN, Nurse Clinical Specialist Consultant (Cancer Consultant), National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, were also inducted into the Academy.

Rounding out this year's honorees were two friends of the School of Nursing. Marilyn R. Goldwater, RN, Maryland House of Delegates was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the Academy, and WBFF-TV Fox 45 received the AAN 2000 Media Award for Nursing Nexus, a feature story on the critical shortage of nurses, which included an extensive interview with Dean Heller.