Meet Our Writers

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Marilyn Hardy Bougere, MSN, RN, CNS

Marilyn Hardy Bougere, MSN, RN, CNS, is a nursing instructor at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.

Marlene McDowell

Marlene McDowell is the public relations manager for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. For more information about nurse anesthesia, visit the AANA website at

Mary Hollens

Mary Hollens is the director of development at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., is the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Cultural Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing.

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Melanie Long, BSN

Melanie Long earned her BSN degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M., in December 2001. She now [ADD INFO ABOUT WHAT SHE’S CURRENTLY DOING.] Ms. Long’s research mentor, Alexa Stuifbergen, RN, PhD, FAAN, director of The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing’s Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations, also contributed to this article.

Michael C. Harris

Michael C. Harris is a Chicago-based free-lance writer.

Michael L. Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN

Michael L. Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN, is the first male president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). This article is excerpted and adapted from his “President’s Note” column that appeared in the August 2001 issue of AACN News, the association’s monthly newspaper.

Michele Bitoun Blecher

Michele Bitoun Blecher is a free-lance writer living in Evanston, Ill. She is director of the Teaching Magazine Program at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Michelle R. Troseth, M.S.N., R.N., D.P.N.A.P.

Michelle R. Troseth, M.S.N., R.N., D.P.N.A.P., is the EVP and Chief Professional Practice Officer for Elsevier's Clinical Decision Support and CPM Resource Center.