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Denise Herrmann, formerly Ornelas, graduated from the Center for CSHCN’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Children with Special Health Care Needs master’s degree program in 1996. Since gradua- tion, Denise has become recognized as a leader in school nursing practice, focusing on children with special health care needs, nurs- ing delegation, the role of the school nurse in public education and legislative issues affecting school nursing.

An active member of the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM), Denise has served as vice president, the president of the board of directors and is currently co-chair of the legislative com- mittee.

In addition to delivering several presentations at the Annual Fall Conference and New Nurse Orientation for SNOM, the Wisconsin State School Nurse Conference and the National Association of School Nurse Conference, Ms. Herrmann is updat- ing three chapters that she authored in The School Nurse Sourcebook of Individualized Health Plans.

Denise was responsible for establishing the role of the pediatric nurse practitioner in the Achievement Plus Elementary Schools. She co-authored a grant that provided school-based immunizations and immunization education to sixth graders. Currently, she coor- dinates the Controlling Asthma in American Cities Project, a grant that implements an asthma management program for students in the Saint Paul Public Schools.


PATSY STINSFIELD, CNP breaks new ground by becoming the first nurse ever to be appointed to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Reporting to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the ACIP brings together the nation’s leading experts on vaccine-preventable disease to guide U.S. immunization policy.

PATRICIA CONLON, MSN, RN, PCNS, recent CSHCN graduate, has been selected as the Pediatric Clincial Nurse Specialist at Mayo Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital. Patricia’s expert skills in pedi- atric nursing and patient/family advocacy earned her chairs of the Preceptor Group, the Primary Nursing Committee and the Staff Development Committee. Well done!

DEBRA KOPPA, RN, CPNP was honored by University of Minnesota School of Nursing graduate students and alumni with the 2004 Preceptor/Mentor of the Year Award, recognizing her tireless commitment, enthusiasm and excellence in educating stu- dents in their clinical roles.

VICKI SCHAEFFERS, RN, PNP, CSHCN alumna, received the 2004 Nurses Make a Difference Award. Honored by Children’s Hospitals and Clinics for her work as a nurse practitioner in their Hematology-Oncology Program, Vicki has been instrumental in establishing a long-term follow-up program for survivors of child- hood cancer. In addition, Ms. Schaeffers is developing national guidelines for long-term follow-up care.

Amy Bellin graduated from the University of


Lisa Mataskovsky graduated from Bethel in 1996.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Since then Amy has been work- ing at Children's Hospital on a med/surg floor focusing on cardiac and orthaepedics. She has also spent some time in the mission field overseas and hopes to continue with this service after graduation.

Currently, she works at Children’s in Minneapolis working in the PICU. This summer Lisa worked at Camp Odayin, a camp for kids who have congenital heart defects.

Jocelyn Berbee works in the PICU at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. She graduated from the nursing program here at the University of Minnesota in 2000. Jocelyn is very excited about expanding her knowledge leading to new opportunities to work with children of all backgrounds in the PNP program.

Myndy Olson recently decided to focus her practice on Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and works at St. Paul Children’s Hospital in both inpa- tient and outpatient hematology/oncology settings. Myndy is excited about the opportunities our PNP program will provide.

Sharon Budd has been a pediatric nurse for 24 years and currently practices at Gundersen Medical Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Sharon feels a strong desire to make an impact by helping children with special health care needs and their families tap into all available resources from infancy into adulthood.

Mandy Raffield Seeley graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2002. She works on the pediatrics hematology/oncology unit at Fairview University Medical Center, and as a triage nurse at Metropolitan Pediatrics. Mandy hopes to work in the community in adolescent health, asthma and primary care.

John Belew, who joined our master’s program last year, will begin his course- work towards his PhD with the Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs this fall. John wants to teach nursing while working to improve profes- sionalism and nursing care in a variety of community settings.

Gina Ricci graduated from Winona State in 1998 and has been practicing as a pediatric nurse. She works in the PICU at St. Mary’s in Rochester and has been accepted into the two-year program for PNP. After graduation, Gina hopes to continue to work with critically ill children in an acute care setting.

Debbie Hildenbrand has her BSN and has worked at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics-Minneapolis for 10 years. Working in a clinic setting in gastroenterolo- gy, she helps manage the care of children with chronic health conditions. Debbie enjoys working with children with special needs and their families.

Carlye Johnson has been working at the Children’s Care Center at Fairview Soutdale Hospital. We are happy to welcome her to the PNP program.

Cathleen Rock graduated from Bethel College in 1998. She has worked at St. Paul Children’s float pool for five years. Cathy is interested in bridging the gap between the hospital and community settings for children with special needs.

Tonya Swim works at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics-Minneapolis in the PICU. Tonya formerly worked at Hennepin County Medical Center in the pediatric intensive care and general pediatric units.

Kimberly Larson graduated from Winona State in 2002. She currently works in the pediatric intensive care and general pediatric units at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN. Excited about the future of pediatric oncology in Duluth, Kimberly has chosen this specialty as her primary area of interest.

Jen Weyandt graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 1999 with a BSN. Working in the pediatric blood and marrow transplant unit at Fairview University Hospital, Jen enjoys following the long-term care of patients and their families. She is enrolled in the PNP/CSHCN program and looks forward to learning more about children with special needs and their families.


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DR. ANN GARWICK, PHD,RN, LMFT, L , FAAN has been awarded a two- year grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research at NIH to determine the feasibility of developing a web-based asthma intervention for Head Start parents and teachers. Ann is partnering with Ramsey Action Program (RAP) Head Start programs in St. Paul, MN to learn what parents and teachers want to know about asthma. Based on this needs assessment, Dr. Garwick will be identifying culturally relevant education resources and developing an asthma website for RAP Head Start.

DR. SUSAN O’CONNER-VON, DNSC, RN was honored by the School of Nursing Alumni Societywith the Excellence in Nursing Award for 2004.Susan was nominated by nursing students and chosen by the Society for her demonstrated dedication to students as individuals, expert clinical knowledge and her leadership as a role model.

Amy worked in pediatric oncology on Unit 5B of the Children's Center, Fairview University Medical Center for the past 5 years and was known for her incredible optimism, energy, bright smile and willingness to always have time to take on more patients and projects.

We will carry with us the memory of Amy's bright smile as we try to mir- ror her great devotion to children and families with disabilities.

Amy’s family would like memorials to go to the Wisconsin Badger Camp, P.O. Box 723, Platteville, Wisconsin, 53818. The Wenger family has also welcomed the creation of a scholarship fund in Amy’s honor to support a pediatric nursing master’s student focusing on children with special needs. Scholarship contributions can be sent to Laurel Mallon, President of the School of Nursing Foundation. (Contact Laurel at mallo001@umn.edu or (612) 624-2490 for more information.)

DR. WENDY LOOMAN, PHD, RN has been awarded a one-year Grant-In- Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship by the University of Minnesota’s graduate school to conduct a survey testing the construct validity of the 20-item tool The Social Capital Scale, developed by Dr. Looman, that measures social capital in families. This survey will focus on children with chronic conditions and their families.

DR. LINDA LINDEKE, PHD, RN, PNP was featured twice in one week on Rochester’s KAAL Channel 6 news in August. The first story focused on the role of nurse practitioners, based upon a speech delivered at a Rochester meeting of nurse practitioners with area legislators, Steve Sviggum and Mark Dayton. The second story on the nursing shortage aired a few days later. Good job getting the message of the impact of nurs- ing out to the public!


This past February, our advisory committee met to discuss new content and skill areas our center should focus on developing in our training of CSHCN nursing leaders, nursing reasearch areas for CSHCN, and what practicing CSHCN nursing leaders need most in CSHCN con- tinuing education offerings. The result was a rich list reflecting the needs of the CSHCN nursing community.

Many of these timely topics will be addressed in our listserv distribu- tions throughout this year. To sign up, email us at CSHCN@umn.edu!


Ann Garwick, PhD, RN, LMFT, L , FAAN has been a core faculty mem- ber of the Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs since 1998. Ann is also Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Garwick is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Family Nursing and Families, Systems and Health.

Dr. Garwick's research, teaching and clinical interests include family health, the impact of chronic conditions on children and their families, stressors related to family caregiving and cultural issues in health care. Her work focuses on how families from diverse cultural backgrounds view and manage chronic and disabling conditions. She has recently been funded by NINR to conduct a web-based asthma intervention with parents and teachers in an urban Head Start program.

Because of her expertise in maternal child health and children with special health care needs, Dr. Garwick has been invited to serve on numerous advisory boards. She currently serves on the Leadership Team of Controlling Asthma in American Cities (a $5 million CDC grant); the Ramsey Action Program Head Start Health, Special Education & Mental Health Advisory Committee; the Children, Youth & Family Consortium at the University of Minnesota; the Early Childhood and Childcare Workgroup sponsored by the American Lung Association; and the Professional Advisory Board for Minnesota Life College for students with learning disabilities. She has also served as a research consultant on numerous grants and has provided technical assistance to the Minnesota Department of Health, state funded programs, schools, and health care providers to improve care for children with special health care needs and their families.


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