March 2012

Catherine Kane receives Hildegard Peplau Award
Catherine Kane, PhD, RN, FAAN has been awarded the American Nurses Associations Hildegard Peplau Award, which recognizes lifetime contributions to nursing through scholarship, clinical practice and policy development, directed toward the psychosocial and psychiatric aspects of nursing. She is an Associate Professor of Nursing & Psychiatric Medicine and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Coordinator in the University of Virginia School of Nursing's Department of Family, Community and Mental Health Systems. A Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she serves on the editorial boards of Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, American Journal of Community Psychology, and the Japanese Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences. Her research interests include serious mental illness, schizophrenia, rural community services, alternative care delivery models, family caregiving, and psychoeducation. (


Jane LeVieux receives Excellence in Dallas Nursing Award
D Magazine partnered with the Texas Health Council to recognize local nurses for excellence, and awarded Jane LeVieux, PhD, LPC-S, RN with the Excellence in Dallas Nursing Award in the Psychiatric Nursing category. LeVieux is a psychiatric consult liaison nurse at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. From the announcement in D Magazine: "She led a team to survey the hospital’s clinicians and found that though they were tolerant caring for patients with underlying psychiatric illness, they weren’t necessarily comfortable with it. 'There’s such a stigma about having a mental health issue,' Le Vieux says, 'and helping people realize it isn’t any different than if you had diabetes or cancer has enabled them to be more compassionate.'"(


Luc R. Pelletier appointed to AAN Fellow Selection Committee
Luc R. Pelletier, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, Administrative Liaison at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and Core Adjunct Faculty at National University in San Diego, CA, was appointed by the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) to the Fellow Selection Committee. This is a 3-year appointment that began in November 2011. The AAN serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's 1,800 members—known as Fellows—are accomplished nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary nursing careers. Sixty-four percent of the Fellowship work in academic settings, 30 percent work in service and practice settings, and about three percent work in state and federal government agencies.


Pamela Whitley honored with nomination for Excellence in Dallas Nursing Award
Doctors, patients, and other nurses honored APNA member Pamela Whitley, MS, BSN, RN as one of the most outstanding nurses in Texas through a nomination for the Excellence in Dallas Nursing Award. (


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