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Oregon Nurse Online Article [Sue Davidson Retires] [08/01/13]

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Sue Davidson, PhD, RN, CNS Retires

ONA would like to congratulate Sue Davidson, PhD, RN, CNS, Assistant Executive Director for Nursing Practice, Education and Research, who officially retired on June 30, 2013. We are forever grateful for work she has done, the passion she has brought, and the legacy she has established at ONA.

ONA's Sue Davidson, center, accepts a retirement present from Sherri Atheron, left, and Ann Busch, right, on behalf of OCCNS.Sue joined the ONA staff in 1999. Previously, she taught in the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing’s adult health and illness undergraduate and graduate programs, and had a clinical emphasis in caring for people with diabetes.

Sue obtained her PhD in nutrition science from Oregon State University in 1999 and holds certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the Oregon State Board of Nursing. She served as President of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) in 1999 and 2002. With her colleagues, she was instrumental in achievement of recognition of CNSs by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (2001) and prescriptive authority for CNSs (2004). NACNS continues to honor Sue’s contributions through the Sue B. Davidson Service Award, which recognizes individuals for extraordinary service to NACNS.

Sue will be greatly missed by ONA members and staff for her support of ONA’s Professional Nursing Care Committees, hospital nurse staffing committees, her CNS colleagues, and in the development of the practice-education-research focus in Professional Services at ONA. She developed educational programs, conducted collaborative research on nurse staffing in Oregon, and refined a database related to the ONA Staffing Request and Documentation Form.

Thank you to Sue for everything she has done for ONA, individual nurses, and the field of nursing. 


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