Distinguished Alumni Award honorees celebrated
Pam Malloy, MN, RN, FPCN, FAAN is an oncology clinical nurse specialist with over 40 years of experience in clinical oncology and palliative care nursing, staff development, education, program development, and administration.
She is currently the national Director and Co-Investigator of the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Project and Special Advisor on Global Initiatives at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in Washington, DC. She serves as faculty for all the national ELNEC courses and has presented ELNEC in 12 countries. In addition, she has developed palliative care nursing leadership curricula, as well as taught and mentored current and future nursing and physician leaders throughout Eastern Europe, Kenya, and Asia.
Malloy directed the California Endowment project for AACN to develop cultural competencies for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. She collaborated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to develop the ELNEC-For Veterans curriculum, which was presented to over 500 nurses, representing every VA hospital.
She serves on the Board of Directors of Living Room International—which provides hospice/palliative care services in Kipkaren, Kenya. Malloy is a Florence Wald Fellow, a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing (FPCN), and the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She was recently presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Be sure to read our Fast Five interview with Pam Malloy in the full issue!
When Dianne started in the Master’s program at UCLA almost 50 years ago, she was a pediatric ICU nurse “because I thought maybe I liked pediatrics and the ICU was where they put me in the Children’s Hospital.” Pediatric nursing has since become a lifetime career for her.
In 1971, she graduated as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) from UCLA with the tools she needed to choose a path where she could be most effective. After several months, it became clear that pediatric oncology was the area most in need of her talents — and that’s the work she did for 40 years. She went on to develop the CNS role in many settings including inpatient, clinic, and community settings for Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and later developed the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner role at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu and at Hospice Hawaii. She founded the Long Term Survivor Clinic for childhood cancer survivors both in Chicago and in Honolulu. In 2010, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, focusing her research on adolescents with cancer. Dianne is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Oncology Nurse, and Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse. Dianne has volunteered in many roles
to advance pediatric oncology nursing practice, including serving as President of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses and Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. Her work in oncology influenced her choice to be a pediatric nurse practitioner in pediatric hospice for the final years of her career. Dianne has been honored with The Casey Hooke Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses in recognition of her excellence in service to and leadership of the association and the Dr. Nancy E. Kline Mentoring Award from the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses for her lifetime commitment toward the professional development of pediatric hematology/oncology nurses.
Be sure to read our Fast Five interview with Dianne Fochtman in the full issue!
In the words of her nominator:
When I think of nursing excellence, I think of Zenith. I will never forget the first day I walked into N464 Pediatric Nursing and was greeted by the TA Zenith. She created such a warm and welcoming environment for myself and other students within the class, and provided such a conducive learning environment. She went above and beyond for myself and my classmates. I will never forget when Zenith said “I really want you all to learn and practice these skills and knowledge learned, I struggled with skills as a new grad and I am going to make sure you don’t.” This kind of concern for my knowledge and skills quickly told me that she truly cared about my learning and my future. She taught me to think beyond the patient and see the person behind the term “patient.” Zenith is compassionate for all individuals regardless of socioeconomic status or other factors. She acts ethically, is highly skilled,
and has a positive attitude that is unmatched. Zenith personifies a Rising Bruin both in the classroom and outside of the classroom.
Watch the Distinguished Alumni Awards event in its entirety here.