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Monday June 14, 2010
Book by Cynthia Broze, RN
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Cynthia Broze, NP, MSN, recently published “Nurses of Los Angeles: Uncapping the Mystery,” which details the history of nurses in Los Angeles from 1856 to the present. The book contains more than 400 historical images, including rare photographs of Florence Nightingale’s original lamp and royal badges. Broze is a nurse practitioner and has worked in Los Angeles since 1985. The book is available at www.nursesoflosangeles.com and other online bookstores.

Sandra L. Staveski, RN, MS, CPNP-AC, recently received the 2009 Purdue Pharma Pain Management Award from The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation. Staveski is a cardiovascular intensive care pediatric nurse practitioner in Oakland, Calif. She is pursuing her doctorate at the University of California, San Francisco. The award is designed to further educate and research in the area of pain management. Five awards of $5,000 each were given to practicing nurse practitioners and students for their projects.

The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation recently announced the recipients of the Pfizer Community Innovations Awards, designed to further innovations in education, research and service in addressing healthcare issues at a community level. Judith Komatsu, MS, of San Francisco; and Mahedere (Mimi) Solomon, MSN, FNP, of Oakland, Calif., are regional recipients of the award. Komatsu is pursing at the University of California a master’s degree to be an adult nurse practitioner. Solomon is a nurse practitioner in primary care. Eight awards of $3,500 each were given to practicing nurse practitioners and students for their projects.

Next month, 22 nurse researchers will be inducted into the newly created Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Regional inductees include Kathryn Barnard, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor emerita, University of Washington; Marylin Dodd, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor, University of California, San Francisco; and Pamela H. Mitchell, RN, PhD, professor, University of Washington. This recognition honors nurse researchers who are STTI members; who have achieved long-term, broad national and/or international recognition for their work; and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves. The induction ceremony will take place July 16 at the International Nursing Research Congress in Orlando, Fla.


Suzanne L. Dibble, RN
Suzanne L. Dibble, RN, DNSc, along with Patricia A. Robertson, MD, co-edited “Lesbian Health 101: A Clinician’s Guide.” Dibble is a professor emerita at the University of California, San Francisco. She also is vice president of health services for Living Well Assisted Living at Home. Information about the book, published by the UCSF Nursing Press, can be found at lesbianhealth101.com.

The following UCLA nurses received awards during National Nurses Week from the DAISY Foundation: Brittany Adams, RN, BSN; Sima Amjadian, RN, BSN; Annette Geminder, RN, BSN; Jane Mackenzie, RN, BSN; Shiow-Hwa Hwang, RN, BSN (all of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center); Arvie Carino, RN, BSN; and Maureen Piechowski, RN, ADN (both of Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital).


These nurses have received promotions, earned certification, conducted presentations, and more. To submit to Notable Nurses, e-mail editor@nurseweek.com.