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Linda Detillion

LINDA K. CLADY DETILLION

When Linda K. Clady Detillion, LPN, RN, NCLNC, was 6 years old, she had to have her tonsils taken out and she thought the nurses were great. The nurse was so kind to her and she was fascinated by what the nurses did. After that experience, she knew she wanted to be a nurse. Ms. Detillion began her professional career as a charge nurse at Oakwood Manor in Bucyrus, Ohio, in 1985, remaining in this position for one year before serving as a pool nurse at Mansfield Personnel Pool from 1986 to 1990. She then joined Crestline Hospital for one year before serving as supervisor at Heartland of Bucyrus from 1991 to 1992. Now semi-retired, she works as a private

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Brenda Bowens

BRENDA L. BOWENS

Adept in orthopedics, robotics and general surgery, Brenda L. Bowens, CNOR, RN, was always interested in nursing and health care, so she decided to pursue that as her career. It was either that or teaching and she was not interested in teaching, and there weren’t many other career choices for women back then so she chose nursing. Ms. Bowens began her career as a staff nurse in the operating room at Battle Creek Health Systems in Michigan in 1974, remaining in this role for 13 years before transferring to the cardiac surgery recovery unit (CSRU) and clinical specialties unit (CSU) at Borgess Medical Center, now known as Ascension Borgess Hospital, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from 1987 to 1992. She then returned

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Josephine Ritz

JOSEPHINE MITCHELL RITZ

Having two out of three sisters who were already nurses, Josephine Mitchell Ritz, RN, was advised not to go into nursing by her father because of how hard they worked, and her mother wanted her to become an educator. She wanted to please her parents, but also choose a fitting health care career for herself. She then sought advice from the personnel at the local hospital and they suggested if she becomes a nurse first, they would fund a degree to become a teacher. Ms. Ritz then followed through and not only became a nurse, but a teacher as well. Ms. Ritz began her professional career as the director of the Allentown Hospital School of Nursing in Pennsylvania before moving

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Beverly McDonald-Miller

BEVERLY MCDONALD-MILLER

Accruing 27 years of professional experience to her credit, Beverly McDonald-Miller, RN, GNP-C, APRN, became involved in her profession because she always knew that she wanted to be a nurse since she was a child. She began her career as a staff nurse at Veterans Affairs Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1981, remaining in this position for four years before moving up the ranks to numerous other roles including clinical specialist from 1986 to 1988, clinical specialist in staff development from 1988 to 1989, patient health education coordinator from 1988 to 1995 and geriatric nurse practitioner from 1995 to 2008. In addition to this tenure, Ms. McDonald-Miller has presented her research at the International Nursing Conference. Prior to the start

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JUDITH E. HICKS

Specializing in administration telehealth, Judith E. Hicks, RN, became involved in nursing because of an aunt who was a nurse and had gone to a baccalaureate program. She was really impressed with her and was her favorite person growing up. Once Ms. Hicks got into nursing, she was doing bedside nursing and found a number of HUD nurses who really made a difference in terms of what kind of care was given at bedside. She was attracted to the leadership role and pursued that almost immediately, and ever since, she has loved working with staff. Ms. Hicks began her professional career as a staff nurse at Mercy Hospital in Chicago in 1969, remaining in this position for one year before

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Sheila Heising

SHEILA HEISING

Experienced in emergency room and trauma nursing, Sheila Heising, RN, knew she wanted to go into nursing as young as 10 years old. She has a lot of determination and that comes from the way she was raised. She attributes it to her parents, who both earned college degrees, and it was never a question if she was going to go, but where she was going to college. Currently, Ms. Heising serves as a perianesthesia and COMTAC care nurse at the Wexnet Medical Center of the Ohio State University. Prior to the start of her professional career, Ms. Heising pursued a formal education at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, where she attained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2006.

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Alexandra Dylong

ALEXANDRA DYLONG

Accumulating 35 years of experience as a registered nurse, Ms. Dylong’s first name, “Alexandra,” translates to “helper of mankind.” Alexandra Dylong, RN, CNOR, feels as though she was born to help others. One of her grandmothers, Mary L. Dylong, was a nurse and the other, Ann Catherine Chaltas, was a domestic engineer. Her father was against her becoming a nurse initially, hiding the fact that her own mother was a nurse, but she worked hard and made her own way. She first joined Christ Hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1968, remaining there for 11 years before transferring to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey, from 1979 until her retirement in 2003. Prior to the start of

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NADIRA S. DREPAUL

Presently working in the intensive care unit (ICU), Nadira S. Drepaul, RN, knew at 17 years old that she wanted to be a nurse. There was a group of female students at her high school who weren’t sure what they wanted to do, and there was a wonderful counselor who suggested they go into nursing. Ms. Drepaul knew she always wanted to help people. At first, she wanted to be a social worker, which was still in the same line of wanting to help people. She truly believes that being a nurse touches the lives of not just so many patient, but their families as well. Sometimes, she has had to be with a family and patient when they take

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Mercedes Walters

MERCEDES B. WALTERS

Committed to helping people in need, both locally and globally, Mercedes B. Walters is an overachiever. Growing up, her father always challenged her. When she was in high school, she was third in her class and her father asked her, “Why can’t she be number one?” She took that as a challenge and the following year, she became second, eventually going on to graduate as the first in her class. Her father always made her feel that if others can do it, she can do it better. Ms. Walters reads about things that she wants information about, and she prepares herself whenever she is tasked with something. While Ms. Walters had been practicing as a registered nurse for a decade,

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Norma Richards

NORMA JANE RICHARDS

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

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