Anne dean remembered

Anne dean remembered

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ED nursing performance appraisals sought

Roche Laboratories offers free Rohypnol screening

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appreciated.--Sharleen Halstead, RN, BScN, Nurse Manager, Department of Emergency Medicine, The Toronto Hospital, Western Division, 399 Bathurst St., Toronto, Ontario M5T 2S8, fax (416)#603-5288 Anne Dean remembered

Dear Editor: T h a n k y o u for p u b l i s h i n g t h e m e m o r i a l article a b o u t A n n e D e a n (J E m e r g Nurs 1996;22:265-6) in t h e A u g u s t issue. I a m o n e of t h e h u n d r e d s of n u r s e s w h o s e p r o f e s s i o n a l a n d p e r s o n a l lives w e r e e n h a n c e d b y A n n i e , a s w e all k n e w her. J u d y S e l f r i d g e - T h o m a s d i d not m e n t i o n it, b u t in 1980, w h e n w e all took t h e CEN e x a m for t h e first time, A n n e P r e s s (as s h e w a s then) s c o r e d t h e h i g h e s t of a n y o n e in t h i s s t a t e a n d p r o b a b l y in t h e U n i t e d States. In a d d i t i o n to b e i n g a w o n d e r f u l p e r s o n s h e w a s really smart! Wherever nurses work there are always mentors a n d role m o d e l s . S o m e t i m e s I t h i n k w e do not h o n o r these special people enough. Annie' s untimely death w a s a t r a g i c loss f6r her family, and~al~ 0 for t h e family of e m e r g e n c y p e r s o n n e l , e s p e c i a l l y . h e r e in O r a n g e C o u n t y w h e r e s h e w a s s u c h a g r e a t i n f l u e n c e a n d so well respected.--Kate Reeves, RN, MA, CEN, CRNH,

Consulting Editor, Journal of Emergency Nursing, Former Administrative Director, Emergency Department, St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, California

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