Member Spotlight - August 2012

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Exclusively for members and staff of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the constituent and state nurses associations, Member Spotlight is a periodic column in the ANA Nursing Insider that recognizes members’ and staff’s professional awards and accomplishments.

Carol Bickford

Carol Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, a senior policy fellow in ANA’s Nursing Practice and Policy Department, was recently recognized as one of 25 CIOs Transforming Healthcare by InformationWeek Healthcare, a website and publication for business technology executives. The annual list highlights exceptional thinkers and doers who are moving patient care forward.

Bickford’s career in health care began 40 years ago in the Navy Nurse Corps. In her role at ANA, Bickford advocates for patient-centric health IT by providing input on government initiatives, including the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Debbie Hackman

Debbie Hackman, CAE, chief executive officer of the Georgia Nurses Association, has been selected as one of two winners of the 2012 American Society of Association Executives’ (ASAE) Women Who Advance Excellence in Associations, Mentor of the Year award. The award recognizes female association executives who have set a standard of excellence in their professional lives through their leadership, mentoring, and career advancement. Hackman will receive her award during ASAE’s In Honor of Women program on Wednesday, Oct. 31 in Washington, D.C.

From left to right—Linda Tieman, Washington
Center  for Nursing ED; Julia Weinberg, WSNA
president; Judy Huntington, WSNA ED

Judy Huntington

Judy Huntington, MN, RN, executive director of the Washington State Nurses Association, recently won’s Nursing Excellence Award for the Mountain West region in the Advancing and Leading the Profession category.  The award recognizes a registered nurse who is well-known and respected as a visionary, innovative leader and change agent. Huntington received the award on Friday, Aug. 10 during an awards gala and dinner in Phoenix.

Submission Information:

If you would like to submit an item for the Member Spotlight column, please contact Jemarion Jones, ANA Senior Public Relations Specialist, at, along with any relevant materials (i.e. press releases, news articles).