Listee Features — Nursing

Merle Pray

MERLE E. PRAY

Merle E. Pray, RN, APN, is a nurse psychotherapist and nursing educator with over 60 years of service to her discipline. Inspired by the story of famous Civil War nurse Clara Barton, she decided from an early age to pursue a career in medicine. She earned a diploma in nursing from the New Hampshire School of Nursing in 1952 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Loyola University in 1977. Ms. Pray completed her education with a Master of Science from the University of Illinois in 1983. From 1953 until 1964, Ms. Pray was the head nurse at the Michael Reese Psychiatric and Psychosomatic Psychiatric Institute of Chicago. She briefly served as a community placement coordinator for the Illinois

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Halina Wyss

HALINA ZAWADZKI WYSS

Having garnered numerous years of experience as an acclaimed educator, Halina Zawadzki Wyss, PhD, serves as a clinical documentation integrity specialist at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and as an assistant professor at the University of Portland School of Nursing. In her role with OHSU, she oversees real time chart reviews of patients admitted to the hospital, follows them through their hospital stay, and gives clarification to providers in order to accurately help capture the severity of patient illness and the risk of mortality. Although she began a doctoral degree with the intent to move into research, she soon developed an abiding passion for teaching. As an assistant professor, Dr. Wyss teaches a variety of classes, including pharmacotherapeutics for

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LESLIE DAVIS

Growing up, Leslie Davis initially always wanted to be a nurse. She was intrigued by science and felt it was her destiny to help people in need. However, when she graduated high school, things did not work out in a way that allowed her to do so. She further married a preacher and they moved around frequently. She eventually attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and earned a Bachelor of Science in religion. Ms. Davis later received an Associate of Science in accounting from George C. Wallace States Community College in 1980. When her husband passed away, she made the decision to go back to school and obtain a nursing degree, further receiving an associate’s degree from Alabama Southern Community

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Irene Lamb

IRENE H. LAMB

Deeply engaged in medical research at a time when that was uncommon for women, Irene H. Lamb earned a reputation for her drive, passion and willingness to meet challenges head-on. One of her proudest achievements was helping to set up the first coronary care center in the United States; now, there are hundreds of such centers across the country. Ms. Lamb was also proud of her contributions to a variety of professional journals and books. Ms. Lamb initially began her career as a charge nurse, head nurse in acute medicine, medical and surgical ICU nurse, and an emergency room nurse in various medical centers from 1963 to 1967. She became a staff nurse in critical care research at the University

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ANNE E. BASHORE

An expert in psychosocial cultural functioning, Anne E. Bashore is renowned as a nursing educator and has more than 35 years of distinguished service to her field. As a child living in England, she studied ballet and wanted to dance professionally until a school assignment sparked her interest in nursing. She subsequently graduated from the Maumee Valley School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio, in 1964. She further obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the Medical College of Ohio in 1987. Ms. Bashore is specialized in psychiatric nursing and burn care. From 1970 to 1971, Ms. Bashore worked as a staff nurse for Libbey Glass in Toledo. She served at the Saint Vincent Medical Center of Toledo as a

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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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