Listee Features — Nursing

Jean Kono

JEAN E. KONO

Jean E. Kono became involved in her profession as a nurse because it was always something she wanted to do. It was always in the back of her mind on how she could help people. She was going through her mother’s scrapbook, and saw a paper she had previously written to her mother in her youth as to what she wanted to be. She was approximately in the fifth grade when she wrote it, and she wrote that she had wanted to be a nurse. In addition, Ms. Kono became involved in her profession because when she graduated, there was not much technology and as the years went on, it was developed to be able to take care of patients

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Pauline Loewenhardt

PAULINE M. LOEWENHARDT

With more than 60 years of professional experience, Pauline M. Loewenhardt has excelled as the community nursing coordinator at James A. Haley Veterinary Hospital in Tampa, Florida, since 1992. Prior to her current role, she worked as the nurse manager of the spinal cord unit at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta from 1988 to 1992, having previously held the post of an instructor with the institution since 1987. Ms. Loewenhardt previously served as the executive director of the Visiting Nurse Association of Coastal Georgia from 1985 to 1987 and as the director of home care at Trinity Memorial Hospital from 1982 to 1985. From 1978 to 1982, Ms. Loewenhardt found success as an assistant professor in the division

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ANNETTE GENTRY SHOUSHA

Leading an impressive career in both nursing and education, which has spanned almost 40 years, Annette Gentry Shousha, RN, retired in 1995 from her position as an intensive care unit critical care nurse at the Nashville Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tennessee. Aligned with the hospital for five years, she formerly worked in medical nursing and as a gastrointestinal nurse. Ms. Shousha also contributed for over 20 years as a clinical manager and office nurse in Britton, South Dakota, an obstetrics-gynecology nurse at Nashville General Hospital, an in-service educator at Tri County Hospital in Georgia and a medical nursing instructor at Nashville General Hospital. Throughout her career, Ms. Shousha was a regular contributor of the South Dakota Journal of Medicine. It

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Phyllis Brighton

PHYLLIS M. BRIGHTON

An expert in health care administration, education, clinical nursing and long-term care, Phyllis M. Brighton, RN, MSHCSA, CLNC, is the daughter of a registered nurse mother and an orthopedic surgeon father. She began her professional career as the nursing manager in the specialty surgical units at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, eventually moving up the ranks to administrator of the hospital as well as Kremmling Memorial Hospital, now known as Middle Park Health. She then served as associate director of ambulatory and clinical services at AMI Rocky Mountain Healthcare Systems in Denver and vice president of the U.S. Nursing Corp. in Denver. Ms. Brighton retired as a nurse administrator in 2017. In addition to this tenure, she served in

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Pearl Murphy

PEARL M. MURPHY

When Pearl M. Murphy, RN, was a child, her mother Eunice Jean Murphy worked as a nursing assistant and she had a friend, Nurse Jessie, who worked in the same hospital with her. She was really impressed by how Nurse Jessie acted and presented herself to others, so she wanted to emulate her when she got older. Ms. Murphy began her nursing career as a staff nurse in the medical-surgical unit of Southern Hills Hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1973, remaining in this position for two years before moving up the ranks to staff nurse in the psychiatric-alcohol unit from 1975 to 1979 and psychiatric unit from 1980 to 1987. She then transferred to Mercy Hospital in Portsmouth for one

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Carolyn Miller

CAROLYN A. MILLER

Experiencing her first surgery at 13 years old, Carolyn A. Miller got her first glimpse of nursing at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She began her professional career as a staff nurse at the hospital in 1959, remaining in this role for three years before instructing and supervising practical nursing at the university from 1962 to 1964. She then transferred to Cuttington University College in Suakoko, Liberia, where she instructed and supervised Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students from 1966 to 1969 and chaired the Division of Nursing from 1971 to 1976. Following this, Ms. Miller served the Frontier Nursing Service in Hyden, Kentucky, as coordinator of midwifery education from 1977 to 1979, and Phebe Hospital in

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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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