HHS PRESS RELEASE
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Mon Feb 23 09:55:53 PST 1998
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Subject: HHS PRESS RELEASE
Author: "US Dept of HHS: Press Releases; Other Info" <HHSPRESS at LIST.NIH.GOV>
Date: 2/23/98 3:19 PM
Date: February 23, 1998
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Damon Thompson (202) 205-1842
Headline: BETTS NAMED ADVISOR ON NURSING
Virginia Trotter Betts of Nashville, Tenn., has been named to
the post of senior advisor to the assistant secretary for health and
senior advisor on Nursing Policy, HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala
announced today. Betts who served from 1992 to 1996 as president of
the American Nursing Association, will advise the assistant
secretary for health and the secretary on a variety of health policy
concerns, including matters affecting the nursing community.
"I am pleased that Ginna has agreed to be a voice within HHS
for the nation's 2.5 million nurses and the patients they serve,"
Shalala said. "Her appointment and inclusion in health policy
development at the highest level of this administration indicates
the importance we place on nursing and nurses in solving both
today's and tomorrow's health care problems."
Since 1991, Betts has been a research associate professor and
senior research associate at Vanderbilt University's Institute for
Public Policy Studies. She is trained as both a nurse and lawyer,
receiving her nursing degree cum laude from the University of
Tennessee's College of Nursing in Memphis in 1969, a master's degree
in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Vanderbilt University
School of Nursing, and a law degree from Nashville School of Law in
Betts served as a United States delegate to the World Health
Assembly in 1993 and 1996.
Last year, she was elected as a fellow with the American
Academy of Nursing. Other honors include her being named the Nursing
Organization of the Veterans Administration's "Professional Nurse of
the Year" in 1997, the American Psychiatric Nursing Associations'
"Nurse of the Year" in October 1996, and a Robert Wood Johnson Health
Policy Fellow with a year of Senate experience.
Betts will be involved with key federal policy issues that
affect nursing and other areas of health policy -- including
education, research, developing practice arrangements,
reimbursement, and future workforce planning to meet the changing
demographic needs of health care consumers.
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