INS 2019
Suzanne Alunni-Kinkle
Director of Business Development -Recovery Management Solutions
Suzanne Alunni-Kinkle, MSN, RN, CARN, has more than 29 years of experience in substance use disorder treatment and prevention. Currently, she is director of business development-recovery management solutions for FSSolutions, an administrator of professional health monitoring services. Previously, she was chief nursing director of the Intervention Project for Nurses of the Florida Nurses Association and director of the New Jersey State Nurses Association's recovery and monitoring program. She serves on the executive of board of directors for the International Nurses Society of Addictions and the board of directors of the National Organization of Alternative Programs. Ms. Alunni-Kinkle is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Florida Nurses Association.
Margaret Barton-Burke
Director, Nursing Research
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the director of nursing research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She is professor emeritus at the University of Missouri St. Louis, and an adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology at CUNY. Dr. Barton-Burke works extensively with clinicians and researchers from medical oncology and behavioral medicine faculties. She is the author of more than 30 books and 11 chapters on cancer treatment including symptom management of bone marrow transplantation/stem cell transplantation and patients with graft versus host disease.
Susan Becker
Assistant Professor
Marymount University
Susan Becker, DNP, RN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS, is an assistant professor of nursing at Marymount University's Malek School of Health Professions. She completed a DNP at Duke University in 2013 after completing a BSN and MSN/CNS at George Mason University. In September 2018, Dr. Becker and Diane Nickloy, BSN, RN, published "From Death to Health in 30 Days: A Hemochromatosis Case Report" in Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing.
Linda Bell
Assistant Nurse Manager
University of Rochester
Linda Bell, MS, RN, CBCN®, CN-BN®, is a registered nurse with 35 years of experience in medical, surgical, and oncology nursing. As the assistant nurse manager of the University of Rochester's Wilmot Cancer Institute, she developed and implemented a multidisciplinary breast clinic. Her abstract publications include Assessing and Treating Lymphedema Using Bioimpedance Spectroscopy in Breast Cancer Patients, and she coauthored Piloting of Psychosocial Distress Monitoring in a Multidisciplinary Breast Center. Ms. Bell was the president of the Genesee Valley Oncology Nurses Society in 2018.
Michele Biscossi
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Vascular Access Surgical Service
VA Medical Center
Michele Biscoss, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, CNL, VA-BC, is an acute care nurse practitioner in general thoracic vascular surgery and interventional radiology. Her expertise is in vascular access and the placement of vascular access devices, as well as in the management of their functionality, including patency. A former member of INS' National Council on Education, she is a lecturer and author.
Deborah Boyle
Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Advanced Oncology Nursing Resources
Deborah Boyle, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, FAAN, is a certified advanced oncology clinical nurse specialist who has practiced for more than 4 decades. She has been the recipient of numerous honors from the Oncology Nursing Society, and in 1999, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. Debi has delivered many lectures in the United States and abroad, and is the author of more than 300 publications and 4 books.
John Boyle
President & CEO
Immune Deficiency Foundation
John G. Boyle, MA, is the president and chief executive officer of the Immune Deficiency Foundation. In 1978, at the age of 6 months, he was diagnosed with a primary immunodeficiency disease (PI), specifically X-linked agammaglobulinemia. He has received immunoglobulin replacement therapy ever since. His focus is on meeting the current needs of the PI community and preparing for the community's future needs.
Shawn Brast
Clinical Education Specialist
Gilchrist Hospice
Shawn Brast, MSN, RN, NRP, is the clinical education specialist at Gilchrist Hospice in Hunt Valley, Maryland. He has been a nurse for 26 years and has worked in emergency medical services for 33 years. As a clinical education specialist, Shawn is responsible for the orientation and continuing education of an interdisciplinary team. In addition to his responsibilities as an educator, Shawn works as an on-call hospice nurse and assists with palliative care consults.
Helene Burns
Vice President & Chief Nurse Executive
Jefferson Health New Jersey
Helene Burns, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, has more than 30 years of experience in health care. As vice president and chief nurse executive at Jefferson Health New Jersey, she oversees patient care services at the organization's three hospitals. In 2018, she received a doctor of nursing practice degree in health systems executive leadership from the University of Pittsburgh. A member of Sigma Theta Tau's Eta Beta and Eta chapters, Dr. Burns also holds the American Nurses Credentialing Center's nurse executive, advanced certification.
Jayle Caprara
RN ICU and Educator for Genentech
Henry Ford Health System and Detroit Medical Center
Jayle A. Caprara, BSN, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, CCRN, TNCC, CSC, has been a nurse for 32 years, with a concentration on critical care. She is employed by the Henry Ford Health System and the Detroit Medical Center and practices in the ICUs at both facilities. Ms. Capara believes evidence-based practice and research are key elements in achieving crucial patient outcomes. She is active in many national and local nursing organizations.
Holly Carpenter
Senior Policy Advisor
American Nurses Association
Holly Carpenter, BSN, RN, is the senior policy advisor for the American Nurses Association's (ANA) Nursing Practice and Work Environment and Innovation departments. Her responsibilities include ANA's Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation initiatives, such as the Grand Challenge; resources and continuing education programs; and supporting work environment issues. Before joining the ANA, she was worked for the Maryland Nurses Association and the state of Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Paula Cleanthous
Executive Director of Clinical Informatics for EA WA/MT
Providence St. Joseph Health and Services
Paula J. Cleanthous, MN, RN, is the executive director of clinical informatics for Providence St. Joseph Health, a national not-for-profit health system. For the past 10 years, she has provided informatics support focused on the care continuum. She previously worked in a variety of clinical and leadership positions in hospital and home care settings.
Susanne Conley
Clinical Specialist
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Susanne Conley, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, CPON®, is a clinical nurse specialist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston. Her work has been published in several professional nursing journals, and she has been the author of chapters for oncology textbooks. She helped develop an infusion team at DFCI focused on best practice for central line care, and was selected as an expert panelist at the Oncology Nursing Society's 2018 Annual Congress for best practice in central line care.
Darcy Doellman
Clinical Manager, VAT
Cincinnati Children's
Darcy Doellman, MSN, BSN, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, is a vascular access specialist and clinical manager for video-assisted thoracotomy (VAT) at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. A former president of the Association of Vascular Access, she participated in developing the National Home Infusion Association Central Line Guidelines, the Infusion Nurses Society's Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice (2016), and was a reviewer for the National Association of Neonatal Nurses' 2015 PICC guidelines. She holds a BSN from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and an MSN from the University of Phoenix.
Denise Dreher
Clinical Scholar
Denise Dreher, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, is a graduate of the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in Boston where she has worked for 43 years. Thirty-seven of those years have been spent on the IV team. She is a Clinical Scholar and a clinical expert, serving on hospital committees and projects. She is also the evening IV resource nurse at her institution.
Megan Ehret
Associate Professor
University of Maryland
Megan J. Ehret, PharmD, MS, BCPP, has been a psychiatric pharmacist for more than 10 years. An associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, she is also president of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. Dr. Ehret is senior editor for the Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review course for board certification of psychiatric pharmacists, and has published multiple book chapters and articles.
Kamna Giare-Patel
Senior. Director, Global Continuation Engineering/Innovation Dept.
DSM Biomedical
Kamna Giare-Patel, MS, RN, has a diversified background in nursing and engineering. As senior director in the innovation department at DSM Biomedical, she provides leadership in coatings, orthopedic products, and biomaterials for medical applications. Previously the director of new product development at Teleflex's vascular division for 16 years, she was responsible for the development and commercialization of peripherally inserted central catheter dialysis, midline, and central vascular catheter product families. Her expertise is in the development of antimicrobial/antithrombogenic technologies.
Selena Gilles
Clinical Assistant Professor
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
Selena Gilles, DNP, ANP-BC, CCRN, has been a clinical assistant professor for 5 years in the undergraduate program at New York University's Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She earned a doctorate of nursing practice at Monmouth University, a master of science in nursing at Hunter College, and a bachelor of science in nursing from Long Island University. She is also certified in critical care and has been an adult nurse practitioner for 8 years. The president of New York University's Sigma Upsilon chapter, Dr. Gilles is deeply involved in community advocacy and has participated in mission work serving underprivileged communities in Haiti and Ghana.
Lisa Gorski
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice, Part of Ascension at Home
Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI®, FAAN, is a clinical nurse specialist at Wheaton Franciscan Home Health and Hospice, a part of Ascension Health at Home. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she is the author of several books about infusion therapy and more than 50 journal articles and book chapters. Ms. Gorski is chair of Infusion Nurses Society's Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice Committee.
Maria Gutierrez
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University
Maria Gutierrez, MD, MHS, is an assistant professor of pediatrics, division of pediatric allergy and clinical immunology, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She is dually board certified as an allergist/immunologist and pediatric rheumatologist and holds a master's degree in clinical investigation. Her clinical focus is children with primary immunodeficiency diseases and autoinflammatory disorders.
Lynn Hadaway
Lynn Hadaway
Lynn Hadaway, MEd, RN-BC, CRNI®, president of Lynn Hadaway Associates, has more than 40 years experience in infusion nursing and is the author of more than 70 published articles and 8 textbook chapters. A member of INS' Standards of Practice Committee since 2004, she has chaired the INS Infusion Team Task Force and is a past chair of the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation's board of directors. She coauthored the chapter "Strategies to Prevent Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Acute Care Hospitals: 2014 Update" for the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America's Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals and the 2015 Guide to Preventing Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. She is the clinical editor of the current edition of Infusion Therapy Made Incredibly Easy.
Tiffany Hall
Patient Blood Management Clinical Delivery Leader
Tiffany Hall, BSN, RN, is a patient blood management (PBM) clinical delivery leader with Accumen. She has been a registered nurse for 30 years, 10 of those working in PBM and transfusion safety at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine, as well as in the Florida Hospital system in Orlando, Florida. She is a member of the Society for Advancement of Blood Management, where she is a coeditor of the society's newsletter and is an active member of the nursing education work group.
Melissa Harker
Education Manager Integrative Health and Medicine
Hackensack Meridian Health
Melissa Harker, MSN, RN-BC, is the manager of education for integrative health and medicine at Hackensack Meridian Health. She holds a master's degree in nursing education and a national certification in gerontology. Currently working on a doctoral degree with a focus on nursing leadership, she also has studied at the BirchTree Center of Healthcare Transformation and is a graduate of the Integrative Healing Arts Academy. Ms. Harker is a visiting professor at several universities and a published writer.
Cynthia Huff
Home Infusion Coordinator
Sutter Infusion Pharmacy
Cynthia D. Huff, MSN, RN, OCN®, CRNI®, CNL, is a home infusion coordinator with Sutter Infusion Pharmacy in northern California. She is a member of the Infusion Nurses Society and the Oncology Nursing Society, and is an advocate for home care infusion nurse protections against hazardous drug exposure. A nurse for more than 35 years, she plans to continue her nursing practice and advocacy through teaching and writing. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice.
Carolyn Jones
Director of Genetics
Rush University Medical Center
Carolyn H. Jones, MD, PhD, is the director of genetic services and a professor of pediatrics and pathology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She has been practicing clinical genetics for the past 25 years, and currently manages over 50 patients who have various forms of lysosomal storage disorders.
Grace Kanzawa-Lee
Doctoral Student and RN
University of Michigan
Grace A. Kanzawa-Lee, BSN, RN, is a bone marrow transplant nurse for adult patients. A PhD candidate in nursing at the University of Michigan, she is a Hillman scholar and a recipient of an American Cancer Society scholarship. Her dissertation is focused on Exercise for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Pilot RCT. She has completed 6 years of research and has written 8 publications on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, and pain assessment and management. A member of the Oncology Nursing Society's committee of reviewers for its Putting Evidence Into Practice, Peripheral Neuropathy initiative, Ms. Kanzawa-Lee has been a speaker at numerous regional and international conferences.
Christina Klein
Oncology Educator
Christina Klein, MSN, RN, CRNI®, OCN®, has been an RN for 29 years. In this time, she’s garnered 20 years of experience in infusion therapy and 10 years of Oncology experience. She currently works as an oncology educator full-time, and also works part-time as an outpatient infusion nurse at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia. Christina has been a CRNI® since 2013.
Michelle Knapp
Faculty Professor and Clinician
New York University & Greenwich House Opioid Treatment Program
Michelle Knapp, DNP, PMHNP-BC, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who has worked in the field of addictions for more than 12 years. She is the substance use sequence director for the New York University College of Nursing, a fellow of the International Academy of Addictions Nursing and IntSNA (the International Nurses Society of Addictions), and is working to develop addictions competencies for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association's graduate education council.
Patricia Lamarche
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
University of Rochester Medical Center
Patricia Lamarche, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, is a pediatric nurse practitioner who has worked many years in the area of pediatric nursing as a bedside nurse, a clinical nurse specialist, and a nurse practitioner. She currently works in pediatric pulmonology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, in Rochester, New York, providing care to children with pulmonary conditions and diseases, including cystic fibrosis. She says she is fortunate to work at a pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Center that has been accredited for many years by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Leslie Leon
Owner and Infusion Consultant
Innovative IV LLC
Leslie Leon, BSN, RN, CRNI®, ACIG, VA-BC, is an infusion consultant and the owner of Innovative IV, LLC in Portland, Connecticut, an infusion therapy education and consulting company. She previously founded High Tech Nursing, a vascular access company that promoted industry excellence. Ms. Leon earned her CRNI® in 1993, and for more than 30 years, she has been a member of the Infusion Nurses Society's Connecticut chapter, where she has held multiple leadership positions. She has been the recipient of the Leslie Baranowski Scholarship for Professional Excellence by the Gardener Foundation, which was established by the Infusion Nurses Society to provide scholarships for INS members who are dedicated to advancing the delivery of quality infusion therapy. Ms. Leon has presented previously at INS' Annual Meeting and many other educational meetings.
Kimber MacGibbon
Executive Director
HER Foundation
Kimber MacGibbon, BSN, RN, is the executive director and one of the founders of the Hyperemesis Education and Research Foundation. She was previously a nurse in pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, and she worked in medical technology and nutraceuticals. She has been a consultant on innumerable hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) cases, developed clinical tools and educational materials, and coauthored more than 24 research studies. With 20 years of HG management experience, including her own HG pregnancies, she has extensive insight into best practices for HG management and focuses on improving outcomes.
Maria Dolores Mangubat
Adjunct Faculty
Simmons University
Maria Dolores Mangubat, EdD, ACNS-BC, CCRN, RN-CNS, has more than 40 years experience as a nursing administrator and educator in clinical/academic settings. She is an associate professor on the adjunct faculty of Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts, and also teaches at the City University of New York in New York City and Thomas Edison State University in New Jersey. She received her doctoral degree from Columbia University; garnered prestigious awards, including a biomedical informatics fellowship from the National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine, and a scholarship grant from the British Council. She is the author of articles on emotional Intelligence and has presented on the topic internationally.
Daleen Penoyer
Director, Center for Nursing Research and Advanced Nursing Practice
Orlando Health
Daleen Penoyer, PhD, RN, CCRP, FCCM, is the director of the Center for Nursing Research at Orlando Health in Florida. With more than 40 years of nursing experience as a clinical nurse specialist, a nurse scientist, she has also had roles in nursing education and leadership. Dr. Penoyer has more than 25 years of experience as an investigator for acute and critical care studies. Since 2010, she has been involved in studies focused on infusion therapy, with recent studies focusing on nurse competence with PIV insertion and the evaluation of open versus closed PIV systems.
Ann Marie Pettis
Director of infection Prevention
University of rochester Medicine (URMed)
Ann Marie Pettis, BSN, RN, CIC®, FAPIC, has been an infection preventionist for more than 30 years. She is currently director of infection prevention for University of Rochester Medicine in Rochester, New York. She has held a variety of elected and volunteer positions during her long-standing involvement with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. She currently serves as secretary of the executive committee of the APIC Board of Directors. She also was an author of the CLABSI prevention section of the 2014 update of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals.
Radhika Polisetty
Associate Professor of Pharmacy, Clinical Specialist-Infectious Diseases
Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy
Radhika S. Polisetty, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS, AQ-ID, AAHIVP, is an associate professor in the department of pharmacy practice-infectious diseases at Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy and a clinical specialist in infectious diseases at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois.
Deborah Prinzo
Nurse Manager
HMH Raritan Bay Medical Center
Deborah Prinzo, MSN, RN-BC, is the nurse manager of the vascular access team and the Outpatient Infusion Department at Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center in New Jersey. A nurse for 28 years, she is nationally certified in medical surgical nursing. She was instrumental in the successful implementation of the 3CG technology for PICC placement by vascular access nurses. She has received the President's Award for Excellence in Leadership and is a member of the Infusion Nurses Society and the Oncology Nursing Society.
Shylah Quast
Regional Director, Clinical Optimization
Accumen, Inc.
Shylah Quast, BSN, RN, is a registered nurse with a background in oncology, hematology, and bone marrow transplantation. Seven years ago, she became involved in patient blood management at the Cleveland Clinic and is now regional director for patient blood management and clinical optimization at Accumen. Her drive and passion for her work come from a desire to improve quality and safety for patients and to help ensure optimal health care for all patients.
Arna Robins
House Supervisor
Arna K. Robins, MSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, NREMT, was a pediatric/neonatal flight nurse in the Southwest, before returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2012, where she is a house supervisor at Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Washington. She obtained an MSN from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and a BSN from Azusa Pacific University in Azua, California, and she is a coauthor of the book The Dauntless Nurse: Communications Confidence Builder.
Carol Rollins
Clinical Professor
University of Arizona
Carol J. Rollins, PharmD, MS, RD, CNSC, BCNSP, FASPEN, FASHP, has developed home infusion clinical pharmacy services and coordinated nutrition support services. She is an editor and an author, and has received several national awards for nutrition support, education, and preceptor activities. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Purdue University, and she completed a nutrition support pharmacy residency.
Kelli Rosenthal
Regional Director of Nursing
AccessRN, Inc.
Kelli Rosenthal, MS, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, has 32 years experience in Infusion Therapy and Vascular Access. She has served as a testifying and fact expert on many malpractice and liability cases. She served as President of the Association of Vascular Access and received the Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access Practice. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Infusion Therapy. She is a noted author and frequent speaker in her specialties.
Marcia Ryder
Research Scientist
Ryder Science, Inc.
Marcia Ryder, PhD, MS, RN, is an independent collaborative researcher and consultant in biofilm-related infections and vascular access. She is a past president of the Association for Venous Access (AVA), past chair of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology's Scientific Research Council, and a former member the Technical Advisory Panel of The Joint Commission's Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections project. Dr. Ryder received the 2007 Educator of the Year award from Infection Control Today and the 2017 Suzanne Herbst Award for excellence in vascular access, which was awarded by AVA.
Roxanne Sabatini
Nurse Educator
Morrisotwn Medical Center
Roxanne R. Sabatini, MSN, RN-BC, is a nurse educator at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey. She has presented at the Morristown Medical Center's Nursing Research Conference, the Organization of Nurse Leaders' research conference, and at regional and international meetings on topics as varied as simulation education and research on nurses' knowledge, attitudes, and research practice. Currently a PhD candidate, she received an MSN degree from Drexel University.
Sara Scheller
Integrative Nurse Health Coach
Hackensack Meridian Health
Sara Scheller, BSN, RN, CCRN, NBC-HWC, is a nationally board-certified health and wellness coach and an integrative nurse health coach for the integrative health and medicine program at Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey. Ms. Scheller received a BSN from Stockton University in Galloway Township in New Jersey and has trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the HeartMath Institute, and the Birch Tree Center for Healthcare Transformation. She is also an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and a system-wide health and wellness nursing council.
Susan Sing
Nurse Educator; Chapter President of NJ INS
Morristown Medical Center
Susan E. Sing, MEd, BSN, RN-BC, is a nurse educator at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey, with more than 30 years of nursing education experience. She teaches not only at the hospital and but also at local and state programs, with a focus on intravenous education. She also participates in writing policies and procedures. Ms. Sing is the current president of the Infusion Nurses Society's New Jersey chapter. She has coordinated and taught many programs approved by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, and she was designated one of Tegaderm's 35 People to Know for 2018.
Jessica Smith
Regional Director of Nursing
Jessica Smith, BSN, RN, is the regional director of nursing for BriovaRx Infusion Services. She has more than 10 years of experience in the home infusion industry, both as a direct provider of patient care and in progressive nurse management roles for a national home infusion therapy organization. Her corporate responsibilities include nursing leadership, process development and standardization, quality improvement, educational program development, and the creation of policies and procedures based on best clinical practices.
Nicole Stallings
Nurse Practitioner
Temple University Hospital
Nicole Stallings, MSN, CRNP, OCN, CRNI®, has been an OCN since 2006 and a CRNI® since 2008. Most of her nursing career has been spent in oncology. Nicole received her MSN in 2009 from Gwynedd Mercy University in the Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist tract. In 2010, she completed the Adult Primary Care Nurse practitioner program from Gwynedd Mercy. Nicole is currently employed at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Lee Steere
Unit Leader for IV Therapy Services
Hartford Hospital
Lee Steere, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, is the Unit Leader for IV Therapy Services at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. He has spoken at local and national vascular access conferences and is the author of three peer-reviewed publications. Lee is driving an effort at his hospital to get his institution to No. 1 in the Northeast in patient experience by 2023. Recently, he used the results of his last published study to convince his institution’s leadership to reallocate staff to his team to achieve this goal.
Marlene Steinheiser
Director of Nursing Education
Infusion Nurses Society
Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®, is the Infusion Nurses Society's director of nursing education. Dr. Steinheiser has more than 30 years of nursing experience in acute care, home infusion/home care, long-term care, education, and regulatory environments. Her research interest is compassion fatigue and its effects on nurses, patients, and organizations. Dr. Steinheiser's most recent research on compassion fatigue among nurses in skilled nursing facilities has been supported by grants from the University of Arizona and Sigma Theta Tau.
Nimaljeet Tarango
Nurse Practitioner, Cardiology Service
University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center
Nimaljeet (Nimi) K. Tarango, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner on the cardiology service at University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center. She has more than 22 years of experience, 13 of which have focused on heart failure. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing Award, the Preceptor of the Year Award, among several others, she has also published material in the areas of pulmonary arterial hypertension and heart failure.
Juvel-lou Velasco
Nurse Practitioner
University of Maryland Medical Center
Juvel-lou Panisales Velasco, MSN, RN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, MSN-AGACNP, has had diverse experience during her 15 years as a nurse. Currently, she is a cardiology nurse practitioner at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, the Golden Key International Honour Society, the American Nurses Association, the Maryland Nurses Association, and the Philippine Nurses Association of America. In 2016, Baltimore magazine named her one of the city's Top Nurses. Her IV Lifespan evidence-based project was published on the Johns Hopkins web site. She is a 2018 graduate of Walden University.
Mary Elizabeth Younger
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Mary Elizabeth M. Younger, PhD, MA, BSN, RN, CRNP, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her clinical practice and research involve the care of patients with primary immunodeficiencies. Dr. Younger is the most recent recipient of the Immune Deficiency Foundation's Art of Nursing award, which is presented to a nurse who has made substantial contributions to the care of patients with primary immunodeficiencies. Dr. Younger speaks nationally and internationally, and is a published author.
Abigail Zuehlke
Martha Jefferson Hospital
Abigail Zuehlke, RN, CRNI®, is a second-career nurse currently practicing in the Ambulatory Infusion center and Medical Intensive Care environments. She has a passion for supporting and advocating for the needs of the nursing clinician at the point of care to support not just patient outcomes, but professional job satisfaction for the practicing nurse. A dedicated lifelong learner, Abigail is currently studying at the University of Virginia. She has a keen interest in infusion therapies, which she will carry on into her future AG-ACNP practice as a dedicated CRNI®.