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June 2012 www.dos.state.pa.us

July 16, 2012
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The following are members of the State Board of Nursing as of January 2012:

Dr. Ann L. O'Sullivan (Philadelphia, September 2003) PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN is a former chair of the State Board of Nursing, is the Dr. Hildagarde Reynolds Endowed Term Professor of Primary Care Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.  An internationally consulted expert on working with teen mothers, O’Sullivan has provided years of practice-based scholarship, teaching, and policy leadership on the special needs of teen mothers and their young children. Her work was recognized with the 1998 American Nurses Association Honorary Practice Award, and she was selected as the University’s Lindback Awardee in 2000. Her graduates over the past fifteen years have a 99% pass rate on the national certifying exams.  O’Sullivan also received national recognition by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for her leadership in developing the Model Rules and Regulations for Advanced Practice Nurses.  Outlined in the rules and regulations are the requirements in licensure, accreditation, certification and education that can be adopted by every state to ensure accountability, patient safety, and recognition of the training and skills of advanced practice nurses. 

Dr. Joanne L. Sorensen (Russell, Warren County, November 2002) DNP, RN, MS, FACHE, NHA is a former chair of the State Board of Nursing, and currently a director of quality and care management at UPMC Northwest.  In addition to fulfilling Board duties, Sorensen serves on the Taxonomy of Error, Root Cause Analysis Program (TERCAP) Committee of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.  TERCAP collects, analyzes, and shares data on nurse practice breakdowns to encourage error reduction.  Sorensen also is a facilitator for Waynesburg University, where she received a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP). Prior to her appointment at UPMC, she held a variety of management positions (most recently chief nursing officer) at Warren General Hospital.  Sorensen, a licensed nursing home administrator since 2001, has worked as a staff nurse in critical care and emergency care, achieving certification in both specialties.  She also was director of nursing at a skilled nursing facility.  Sorensen is a past board president and is in her second term as a board member. In addition to her DNP, she holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Mercyhurst College and bachelors in nursing from Daemen College.  Sorensen is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Nursing Society.

Ms. Judy Hale (Altoona, Blair County, June 2001) LPN is a former board vice chair and is in her second term on the Board.  Hale recently retired from the Test Scheduling Department of the Blair Medical Associates (BMA), a large multi-physician practice with numerous satellite locations.  Prior to joining BMA, she worked at Altoona Hospital for 23 years, beginning as a nurse’s aide and progressing through various positions (that include Medical Library Technician) as she pursued her Licensed Practical Nurse credentials.  Hale has worked in the medical progressive care unit, a step-down unit of coronary care and medical intensive care, and has expertise in portable telemetry systems.  In addition to serving as president of her LPN class, Hale has provided leadership to the LPN Association of Pennsylvania by serving as both treasurer and president of the Altoona chapter.

Dr. Kathleen M. Dwyer (Harrisburg, May 2003) PhD, RD, LDN is the Board’s first Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) representative.  Dwyer holds both a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Science from Ohio State University and baccalaureates in home economics and dietetics and psychology from Ohio Dominican University.   She has been a registered dietitian-nutritionist credentialed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 1975.  Dwyer has been employed as a therapeutic dietitian in a hospital setting as well as an outpatient clinical dietitian.  She has served as assistant-executive director and academic-program coordinator for the Pennsylvania Diabetes Academy, and has published numerous articles on dietetics and nutrition.  She currently works at the Department of Labor and Industry.


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