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Six to be inducted in UMFK Nursing Honor Society at April 28 ceremony

April 15, 2005

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Five current University of Maine at Fort Kent students and a community leader will be inducted into the UMFK Nursing Honor Society at a special ceremony on Thursday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room on the university campus.

Melissa Cyr, an RN senior from Van Buren; Debbie Guilmette, an RN senior from South Gardiner; Alicia Soucy, a junior from Wallagrass; Robin Jandreau, a junior from Wallagrass; Jennifer L'Italien, a junior from St. John; and Kris Doody-Chabré, CEO of Cary Medical Center, will be officially welcomed into the nursing honor society.

All students have excelled in the four-year bachelor of science in nursing program at UMFK and are very active in campus activities.

Jandreau is vice president of the Student Nurses Organizations and L'Italien is the group's treasurer. Cyr is currently employed at Cary Medical Center. Guilmette works as an emergency room nurse and sexual assault nurse examiner, as well as a clinical instructor for the University of Maine at Augusta, and a CNA instructor.

Cyr and Guilmette will be graduating in May and have plans to attend graduate school next year.

The UMFK Nursing Honor Society was formed in the spring of 1998 for the purpose of recognizing and fostering academic excellence and scholarship among students, alumni, and community leaders in nursing.

Students with a grade point average of 3.0 or above, and who represent the attributes of scholarship as defined by Boyer (1990) and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing, are eligible for induction to the Honor Society.

The Honor Society holds two scholarly events each year in an effort to promote nursing scholarship in the St. John Valley and Aroostook County. Participation in the scholarly activities is not limited to members of the honor society.

In addition to the induction, the ceremony will feature a keynote address by inductee Kris Doody-Chabré who will speak about her vast experiences as a nurse.

Doody-Chabré was appointed CEO of Caribou-based Cary Medical Center in 1999. Prior to this position, she served both as interim CEO at Pines Health Services and as chief operating officer at Cary.

She began her professional career as a nurse at Cary in 1982 in the medical/surgical area and emergency department.

In 1987, Doody-Chabré was named surgical services coordinator and in 1989 added the title of quality management coordinator to her resume.

Five years later, in 1994, she was appointed Chief Operating Officer.

Doody-Chabré earned her associate of science degree in nursing at the University of Maine in 1983, a bachelor of science degree from Regents College of the State University of New York in 1994, and a master of science from Husson College in 1997.

She currently serves as a board director on the Maine Hospital Association and chairs the association's professional practices committee.

She is a diplomate with the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on numerous other local, regional and state boards.

Doody-Chabré is the recipient of several awards including the Legion of Honor, Bronze Medallion, The Chapel of Four Chaplains presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America and the American College of Healthcare Executives Early Career Healthcare Executives Regents Award.

For more information on the UMFK Nursing Honor Society induction ceremony, contact Lena Michaud at 834-7580.