Listee Features — Nursing

BRIGHID O’DONNELL KELLY

Inspired by a young nurse in her hometown of Donegal, Ireland, Brighid O’Donnell Kelly has never strayed from her dream of pursuing and practicing health care. She became a registered general nurse from the Eastern District Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1960 and a certified midwives board from the North Middlesex Hospital in London, England, in 1961, and she was off. Dr. Kelly served as an assistant head nurse at Cornell Medical Center from 1961 to 1964, a staff nurse at Bethesda North Hospital from 1972 to 1977, an instructor at Thomas More College from 1977 to 1980, and an instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor at the University of Cincinnati between 1980 and 1993. Her last role before retirement

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JEAN BRANNON

Passionate and hardworking, Jean Brannon has worn many hats over the course of her career. She started as a nurse and nursing educator, holding positions at places like the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Alamo County College District. During this time, she also taught history and performed as a stand-up comic. Ms. Brannon loved working with students and getting them excited for their future in the field.  When her mother got sick, however, she decided to retire to focus on caring for her. She discovered that real estate would allow her to set her own flexible schedule, perfect for her situation, so she opened Brannon Properties, LLC. She remains there to this day, and works with both

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CATHERINE LYNCH

Interested in knowing the country around her, Catherine Lynch decided the U.S. Census would be the perfect fit. She lived in a rural area, and was frustrated with the lack of perception about the realty of the way things were there. Her main goal is to leave the world a better place, so she enjoyed the opportunity to interact with so many interesting people. During her time with the government agency, Ms. Lynch served as an assistant crew leader. She retired in 2010. ​ For most of her life before joining the U.S. Census, Ms. Lynch was a social work administrator. From 2005 to 2007, she was the director of development services at the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, and from

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JAN KLOSTERMAN

Determined to spend her life helping others, Jan Klosterman set her sights on being a nurse at a young age. She worked hard to achieve her goal, earning a nursing diploma from the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in 1979 and eventually becoming a certified nurse life care planner. After decades of clinical experience, her journey brought her to a new niche: medical and legal consulting. She fell in love with the work, and to bolster the knowledge gained from hands-on experience, obtained certification in life care planning in 1999 and Medicare set-aside consulting in 2005, and became a certified brain injury specialist in 2014. ​ Ms. Klosterman used her unique background to open Klosterman & Associates in 2006, and

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JILL M. MAYO

When Jill Mayo was four, she went to see the school nurse and decided she wanted to be one too. She intended to pursue pediatrics up from that point up until undergraduate school, when she completed a special study in critical care and loved it. Ms. Mayo then applied and was accepted to a critical care nurse internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, which officially changed her focus. During a rotation, she was asked to do a post-conference presentation and they thought she did well enough to do it again, sparking her interest in teaching. She realized she had finally found her niche, and, today, she continues to advance the field as an assistant professor of nursing at the Mississippi

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BONNIE W. BATTEY

A prominent figure in the health care industry, Bonnie W. Battey has remained invested in the future of the field for more than six decades.She is primarily focused on topics like Nursing ethics, communication and critical thinking, and is currently preparing a research project on continuing education sponsored by the American Holistic Nurse Association. She hopes to find new ways to integrate spirituality into common hospital practice. ​ In addition to her present endeavors, Dr. Battey has been a consultant and a private practitioner in Nursing since 1985. She garnered the experience necessary for her work through previous roles as an adjunct professor for the Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing, an adjunct associate professor at George Mason University, and a professor

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ANNMARIE THEODORE

Driven by a lifelong interest in nursing, Annemarie Theodore has spent nearly two decades advancing in her field. She is presently the supervisor of Presentation Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center, a 110-bed, Medicare- and Medicaid-certified facility that offers short-term and long-term custodial and intermediate nursing care, with a special focus on the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. As an expert in health care administration, Ms. Theodore is responsible for administering care to patients, overseeing the long-term care facility, assessing patients, interacting with their families, scheduling procedures, and supervising four units, including four licensed nurses and 10 certified nursing assistants. Her caring and peaceful nature has served her well in her endeavors, as it has allowed her to create bonds

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JEANNE SALYER

Dr. Jeanne Salyer knew she wanted a career in nursing from the time she was five years old and played nurse with her grandfather. Now an expert in cardiovascular and pulmonary nursing, Dr. Salyer began her career at the University of Alabama with a diploma in nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in medical-surgical nursing. She went on to earn a PhD in nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, Dr. Salyer completed postdoctoral training in outcomes research at the University of Minnesota. She attributes her success to the importance her family placed on getting a great education. ​ During her distinguished career, Dr. Salyer held numerous positions at the School of Nursing at

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PATRICIA BARBER

Determined to thrive in the medical field, Patricia Barber worked hard to make her dreams a reality. Her journey began in 1974 at the University of Minnesota, where she served as a staff nurse until she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1975. She proceeded to become certified as a registered nurse in Colorado, Illinois and Minnesota, and in 1978, she became certified as a nurse practitioner through the University of Illinois. Ms. Barber also became the transplant coordinator for the institution that year. She stayed until 1990, when she transferred to join Denver Presbyterian, which became Denver Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in 1993. Her tenure with the hospital lasted until 1999 in a variety of

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MARILYN A. RAY

Fueled by her desire to help others, Dr. Marilyn A. Ray has enjoyed a long career in nursing and education. She started out by earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Colorado, and a diploma from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Hamilton, Ontario. She obtained a Master of Arts in cultural anthropology from McMaster University in Hamilton, and went on to earn a PhD in transcultural nursing from the University of Utah. Furthermore, she received an honorary degree from Nevada State College. She is a certified transcultural nurse and registered nurse in the state of Florida. ​ Dr. Ray presently holds the position of professor emerita at

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