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Advocate Recognizes 2018 Nurse Leader

For the second year in a row, Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove, IL, has recognized a nurse for his or her passion, problem solving, commitment to service and leadership. Of the more than 400 nurses from Advocate Health Care's hospitals, home health care, support center, clinics and medical offices who were nominated this year, Anne Lipira, RN, has been named Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital's 2018 "Advocate Nurse" for her work in the hospital's cardiac rehab unit, the Chicago Tribune reports. Lipira was recognized with 15 other nurses for compassionate and innovative care. She is known for empowering her patients, the Tribune said, as well as for starting a post-cardiac care community support program and leading local American Heart Association fundraising efforts.

Nursing Community Coalition Expresses Budget Concerns

The White House fiscal year 2019 budget proposal released last week includes deep cuts to Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs, something the Nursing Community Coalition opposes, AONE reports. The coalition, which includes 58 national nursing organizations, including AONE, said the Title VIII programs provide vital resources to help meet the nation's demand for nurses. The proposed budget would fund Title VIII programs at $83 million, a cut of 64 percent from previous years. 

Begley Re-elected as AONE Foundation Board Chair

Earlier this month, Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, was re-elected as board chair of the AONE Foundation for Nursing Leadership Research and Education, AONE reports. Begley, who is vice president and chief nursing officer of AtlantiCare Health System in Atlantic City, NJ, has a one-year term. Deborah Zimmermann, DNP, RN, FAAN, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, began serving her three-year term on the Foundation board Jan. 1. Zimmerman serves on the AONE Board of Directors, representing Region 3.

Nurse Honored for Saving Man’s Life at Portland Marathon 

When David Brenner suffered a cardiac arrest during the Portland Marathon last October, a nearby nurse, Kirstyn Rossman —who was also running — stopped to give Brenner CPR and ultimately saved his life. Last week, Rossman and Brenner were reunited when the American Heart Association recognized Rossman for her heroism, reports