(Last Updated 2004)
New England Nurses Providing AIDS Care (NENPAC) was started in October of 1989 by four nurses from the Boston area who were working with AIDS patients. Connie Hagerty, Nancy Shearer, Donna Gallagher, Susan Robertson. The goal of the group was to provide support, networking, and educational opportunities in an informal setting. These four had 3 planning meetings and on December 6, 1989 the first education program Neurological Problems of the HIV Infected Patient took place at Boston City Hospital. The presenters were Connie Hegarty, RN Michele Martin, RN and Joan Pitucci, RN. The New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC) under the direction of Donna Gallagher was able to provide financial support for the Education component of the group and after the first meeting Beth Israel donated the space so that the meetings could continue. The group met for ten education sessions per year. It was also in 1989 that Brianne Fitzgerald received the Frank Lamandola ANAC Leadership Award at the National ANAC Conference and Amy Rex Smith received the ANAC Masters Fellowship in HIV Nursing Award.
By this time, there had been many discussions about applying for Chapter status with ANAC and the application was in progress. September 1990 brought more formal structure to the group when Founding Officers were elected Donna Gallagher (President) Connie Hagerty (President Elect) Nancy Shearer (Secretary) Lisa Elvin (Treasurer) and the name was changed to ANAC Boston/NENPAC. At this point there were 6 official members of ANAC in the group of 60 nurses.
On June 6, 1992 after meeting all the requirements the official application was submitted to the National ANAC office. In November 1992 we received our Charter as an official chapter at the Orlando meeting. Our chapters’ first president was Donna Gallagher and it was also during this year that she received the Joanne Ruiz Achievement Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice.
Connie Haggerty was elected and served as president in 1993.
It is unclear who served as president in 1994.
Susan Robinson was elected chapter president and Richard Ferri served as the national president in 1995. Our chapter was very busy this year; we hosted the ANAC National Conference which included a display of the “AIDS Quilt. We began holding monthly networking and support breakfast meeting and we adopted the swan logo.
The late, John Nunes served as our chapter president in 1996. We continued to hold the monthly networking and support breakfast meetings and made the decision to try to add 2 dinner meetings per year at which CEUs would be offered.
Kathy Foley served as our local chapter president and Inge Corless served as the national president in 1997. Our monthly networking and support breakfast meetings continued and we were successful in holding two dinner meetings in May Peter Ugvarski presented “PI’s and the Real World” and then in November John Toomey presented “Ethical Perspectives in Nursing Care of Patients with HIV/AIDS”.
Laurie Kunches was elected president of our local chapter for 1998. During this year two of our members were honored and recognized at the National Conference in San Antonio, Betty Morgan received the ANAC Doctoral Fellowship in Nursing Award and Kathy Foley received the ANAC/Roxanne Laboratories HIV/AIDS and Symptom Management Clinical Scholarship. Additionally, dinner meetings were held, in May Kathleen Melbourn presented “Understanding Drug-Drug Interactions” and in December Catherine Hogan presented “Global Perspectives on Symptom Management”.
Kathy Kochan was elected as president of our local chapter and Kathy Foley was elected to the national Board of Directors in 1999. At this point the needs of our chapter were being met by the twice yearly dinner meetings and attendance at the breakfast meetings was no longer significant enough to continue them. Our dinner meetings this year included a presentation in June by Virginia Cram “Nurses, Art, Science and Spirit of Who We Are” and in October Paul Farmer presented “Infections and Inequalities”.
Lisa Gurland was elected chapter president and Kathy Foley continued to serve on the national Board of Directors in 2000. During this year three local members were recognized at the National Conference in San Juan, Sheila Davis and Mimi Rivard received the ANAC/Roxanne Laboratories HIV/AIDS and Symptom Management Clinical Scholarship and Richard Ferri received the ANAC Lifetime Achievement Award. This year we hosted a January dinner meeting, Judith Kurland presented “What Nurses Need to Know About Health Care”. The Distinguished Lecturer Program was launched by the National ANAC office. Several of our chapter members were among the original group of ANAC Distinguished Lecturers, including Inge Corless, Sheila Davis, Richard Ferri and Donna Gallagher
Thomas Donahue was elected as president and Kathy Foley continued to serve on the national Board of Directors in 2001.
Shean Marley was elected as president and Kathy Foley continued to serve on the national Board of Directors in 2002. During this year three local chapter members were recognized at the National Conference in San Francisco, Shean Marley received the ANAC President’s Award and Benedicta Kumahia and Patsy Sullivan received awards for their Anemia Case Studies. Our dinner meeting this year was in September, Richard MacIntyre presented “Beyond HIV/AIDS: Dogma & Denial”.
Brianne Fitzgerald was elected president and Kathy Foley continued to represent the Boston Chapter as a national Board of Director in 2003. During this year one local chapter member was recognized at the National Conference in New York City, Benedicta Kumahia received an award for her Anemia Case Study. In May Rachel Spector presented “Cultural Care: Healing Issues in AIDS Care” and in October Betty Morgan presented “Knowing How to Play the Game: Hospitalized Substance Abusers Strategies for Obtaining Pain Relief” for our dinner meetings.
Richard Ahern was elected president and Shean Marly served nationally as Chair of the Awards Committee in 2004. Several chapter members were recognized at the National Conference in New Orleans, Sheila Davis received ANAC’s Life Time Achievement Award, Inge Corless received ANAC’s Researcher Recognition Award, Catherine O’Connor received the Joanne Ruiz Achievement Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice, Maripat Toye received the ANAC Pedicatric AIDS Nursing Excellence Award, and Patsy Sullivan received the HIV Spirit of Nursing Award and Olivia Kpodo-Aikeins and Kathy Foley received awards for their Anemia Case Study. In May Rosanna DeMarco presented “Women’s Voices, Womens Lives” and in October Donna White presented “Compassion Fatigue” at our dinner meetings.