Listee Features — Nursing

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 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

An expert in emergency and trauma nursing, Sheila Heising, RN, knew she wanted to be a nurse from the time she was 10 years old. She was taught from a young age to set goals and work hard to meet them. With her strong will and determination of never giving up, she has managed to successfully reach her goals both professionally and personally. She attributes her success to her parents, who both earned master’s degrees and set high goals for her and her siblings. It was never a question if she was going to receive higher education; it was always the plan from the time she was little. Currently, Ms. Heising serves as a comprehensive pre-anesthesia clearance (COMPAC) nurse at

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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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