Growing up in a family that faced many medical problems that required her care, Norma Jane Richards, RN, thought that nursing was the right career path for her. She was inspired by a local nurse, Ruth Carter, RN, who she would speak to frequently about her profession. Ms. Richards began her profession 45-year career as a staff nurse in the LSU female surgery unit of Charity Hospital in New Orleans. She later worked in the intensive care unit at Howard Memorial Hospital in Biloxi, Mississippi. Most recently, she was an instructor of medical-surgical nursing at the Jefferson Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) in Gulfport, Mississippi, for 35 years. Prior to pursuing a professional career, Ms. Richards
Although E. Dorinda Shelley, MD, had long wanted to pursue health care, she didn’t decide on dermatology until college. Her professor, Philip C. Anderson, encouraged her to build her career in the field and she took his advice. Dr. Shelley’s first professional position was assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford University, followed by assistant professor of dermatology, associate professor and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also served the latter school as the chairman of the College of Medicine at Peoria. In 1983, Dr. Shelley transferred to the University of Toledo, where she remains to this day. She started at the institution as a professor and the chief of dermatology, and became a clinical professor of dermatology
Persistent and hardworking, Rosalie M. Uht has made great strides in the field of medicine. Her efforts led her to become the first female to receive both an MD and a PhD from Stony Brook University, and the proud recipient of the 2012 President’s Award for Excellence in Research from the UNT Health Science Center. Also among her achievements is the 2003 Lieber Investigator Award from the Brain Research Foundation and positions as a contributor of molecular endocrinology to Oxford University Press, a contributor to BMC Genomics and an editor of Endocrinology. Initially, Dr. Uht started her career as a clinical neuropathology professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and as an adjunct instructor in the Department
Concentrated in interventional cardiology and peripheral/veneus vascular disease, Maja Zaric, MD, FACC, FSCAI, made the decision to go into cardiology as early as middle school. Coming from a family of physicians, her interest in the field was sparked after reading books on anatomy in the seventh and eighth grades. Since December 2010, Dr. Zaric has served as an intervention cardiologist at Northwell Health’s Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. In addition to this role, she is an assistant professor of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Hempstead, New York, and has completed fellowships in cardiology and intervention cardiology. As a highly skilled interventional cardiologist, Dr. Zaric is actively involved in developing a comprehensive venous program
Feeling moved to become a nurse, Louann Brechbill Zinsmeister, PhD, RN, CNE, honestly felt that she wanted to do something where she can get a job and when she set foot in the nursing unit, she absolutely loved it. She has served Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, as a professor of nursing since 1994, director of the graduate program in nursing since 2013 and full professor since 2014. She previously served the college as an instructor of nursing from 1994 to 2004, assistant professor from 2004 to 2007 and associate professor from 2007 to 2014. Dr. Zinsmeister is proud of the students she taught and what they accomplished. She had students who went to graduate school and got PhDs, and
The daughter of a World War II surgeon father and nurse mother, Nancy L. Schatken admired her father and enjoyed the stories he shared about his work. While living in New York, she was hired to set up medical meetings for pharmaceutical companies to advertise their products to healthcare professionals in 10 cities across the United States. Ms. Schatken was responsible for organizational duties like hotel bookings, travel and venue location. She considers herself a curious person, and attributes the drive she has used to progress throughout her career to that curiosity. Since 1998, Ms. Schatken has served as owner and founder of Mostly Medical, Inc., in Hallandale, Florida, previously serving in the same roles at its New York and
Still hearing from former patients to this day, Glenda G. James, RN, became involved in her profession after being adopted by her foster mother, Mary Elizabeth Chase, who was a minister. From the age of 6 years old, she was helping people and always knew she wanted to be a nurse. She began her professional career as a staff nurse at Silas B. Hayes Army Hospital at Fort Ord, California, in 1966, remaining in this position for two years and serving again later from 1971 to 1973. She then transferred to the Army Dispensary in Gelnhausen, Germany, from 1973 to 1976 and Darnall Army Hospital, now Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, at Fort Hood, Texas, from 1976 to 1979.
Beginning her career as an internist after making house calls to patients, Evelyne M. Davidson, MD, has been exposed to the medical field for as long as she can remember. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a doctor. She also received a job dealing with clinical drug trials from responding to an ad she came across in the newspaper. Dr. Davidson first joined New Hanover Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina, as an intern in 1987, completing this position in one year before receiving a residency in internal medicine from 1988 to 1990. Her career highlight was coming out of residency work and joining her father, Elvyn, in his private practice for four years. It was difficult
Skilled in pediatric nursing case management, specifically the areas of complex discharge planning and community resources, Debra K. Meneely, BHSE, RN, CPN, has provided opportunities to support, educate and care for large number of children and adults from all socioeconomic levels and in multiple arenas. She served as a staff nurse III, coordinator of the pediatric mock code program, and womens and children’s services case manager at Wishard Memorial Hospital, now Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, in Indianapolis, as well as a pediatric clinical manager for Interim Health Care. She was also a pediatric case manager for the Community Health Network, a financial coordinator for the Clarion/IU Health Solid Organ Transplant Center, LPN instructor for J. Everett Light Career Center.
Distributing her skills among many fields, Naomi Farrell, RN, became involved in her profession because of her father, the Rev. Louis Farrell, who was very scholarly and inspired her a lot. He used to write poetry, and it was the background of her father who made her love learning and stay curious. Currently, she has served as a Middle East correspondent for the UN Observer and International Report since 1993 and a feature writer for the Jerusalem Post since 1995. Ms. Farrell began her career as a TV performer in Canada from 1959 to 1963 before becoming an administrator with Health Insurance Plan in New York for one year. She then served as a nurse and researcher at Cornell Medical