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National Expert on Nursing Shortage to Address Honorees

Allentown, PA (April 27, 2006) – The Theta Rho chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Cedar Crest College with a ceremony on April 28, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. in the Alumnae Hall Auditorium.

The ceremony will feature remarks from a special guest speaker Donna Sullivan Havens, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., who graduated from Cedar Crest with a B.S. in nursing in 1979. Dr. Havens is considered an expert on MAGNET status hospitals. She is currently funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) to build capacity in six PA hospitals in nurse shortage areas to translate what we have learned from research about the nursing work environment and outcomes into evidence-based leadership and management to improve nursing practice and the quality of patient care.

During the ceremony, the Friends of Theta Rho Nursing Award will be bestowed on its first ever recipients, Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, president of Cedar Crest College, and Judith Malitsch, assistant professor of biology at the College. The new award was initiated as part of the 20th anniversary celebration and is given to a non-nurse(s) who have been a supportive force in the success of the nursing program at Cedar Crest College. "Dr. Blaney has relentlessly championed our program and Professor Malitsch has taught anatomy and physiology to more than 800 nursing majors during her time here," says Nancy Johnston, assistant professor of nursing. "We are so pleased to celebrate their contributions to our success with this new award."

Donna Sullivan Havens is Professor and Division Chair in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Havens also holds appointments as an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing at the Pennsylvania State University where until recently she served as the Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Research in the School of Nursing. She earned two Baccalaureate degrees from Cedar Crest College, a Master’s degree from Villanova University, and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania to conduct research on the organization of nursing and outcomes. For more than 20 years, she has studied and published widely about the nursing practice environment and its influence on the quality of patient care. She has conducted numerous studies about the nursing work environment, MAGNET hospitals and the outcomes of patients and staff.

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