9/8/03 - Nephrology Nursing Community Mourns Passing of Janel Parker, Nationally Recognized Nephrology Nursing Leader

September 8, 2003


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Nephrology Nursing Community Mourns Passing of Janel Parker,

Nationally Recognized Nephrology Nursing Leader

PITMAN, NJ – The nephrology nursing community and the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) mourn the death of Janel Parker, MSN, RN, CNN, who died in Philadelphia, PA, August 26, 2003 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Janel was a nationally recognized authority on nephrology nursing practice and served ANNA and the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) in a variety of leadership positions for more than 20 years.

"Janel Parker was not only a brilliant nurse clinician but also an outstanding organizational business executive - a great colleague to work with and a dear friend. She will surely be missed," said Anthony J. Jannetti, president of Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc., management company for NNCC and ANNA.

ANNA President, Caroline S. Counts, praised Janel for her dedication and said, “she was passionate, full of energy, highly focused and organized; she had to be to accomplish all that she did.”

Janel, 51, of Marietta, GA, was a president of ANNA in 1986-1987, as well as past national treasurer, and a member of the ANNA Journal (now Nephrology Nursing Journal) Editorial Board. She also served as editor of the Contemporary Nephrology Nursing textbook, which was published in 1998, and was slated to serve as the editor on the revision of the textbook.

Janel recently served as the first full-time executive director of the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) from 2002-2003. As executive director, Ms. Parker provided leadership and day-to-day management of NNCC's certification and recertification programs, financial matters, strategic planning, administrative services, and marketing efforts.

She was also a member of the Translation Advisory Committee for Diabetes Prevention and Control Programs of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a founding member of the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) Accreditation Council. Janel was also a member of the National Patient Safety Forum End Stage Renal Disease Advisory Committee.

Janel was one of the founders of the NNCC (formerly the Nephrology Nursing Certification Board) in 1986-1987 and served the organization in several capacities, including charter president and as director of testing, research, and development. She also was a noted author on certification and nephrology nursing issues.

Janel earned her associate's degree in nursing science from Purdue University, her BSN from Indiana Central University, her MSN from Indiana University, and was a Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) since 1987.

She was born Janel Leslie Dager on July 13, 1952, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was the daughter of Margaret Dager and the late Kenneth Dager. She is survived by her husband David E. Parker and two children, J.D. Parker and Ellen Dorothy Parker, of Marietta; two sisters, Jennifer Winicki of Jacksonville, Florida, and Lisa Greenwood of Fort Wayne; a brother, Joseph Dager of Fort Wayne; and a half-brother, William Smith of Fort Wayne.Janel was committed to excellence in nephrology nursing and dedicated to the development of competent caregivers and safe, quality care for ESRD patients. She was held in high esteem by her nursing colleagues and was a friend and mentor to many nephrology nurses.

"One of the characteristics that made Janel unique, was her ability to make all of the hard work fun," Caroline Counts said. "Janel was a funny person, and I loved her dearly as did thousands of others. And while she is now making the angels laugh, we will surely miss her."On-line tributes may be posted at www.mem.com. Those desiring may make memorial donations in Janel’s name to the Nursing Economics Foundation – Janel Parker Memorial Fund, East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056.

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