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Thomson to be Honored as Distinguished Nursing Alumna

May 12, 2009

Hartwick's Department of Nursing will honor Dr. Linda Reckhow Thomson ’72 as this year’s Distinguished Nursing Alumnus during a pinning ceremony May 22 in Stack Lounge, Dewar Union. The award is given each year to a Nursing alum in recognition of his or her achievements and excellence in the field through contributions to practice, research, education, and service.

Thomson will be recognized during the department’s annual pinning ceremony, when this year’s graduates also will receive their Nursing pins ahead of Hartwick’s May 23 Commencement ceremony.

“Dr. Thomson’s impressive educational credentials, professional demeanor and masterful work history—combined with her warmth, humor, compassion, service and dedication to the principles of Hartwick Nursing—has granted her the honor of being selected as deserving recipient of the very impressive nursing award, Distinguished Nursing Alumnus,” said Claire Odell Schaper '58, Chair of the Hartwick College Alumni Association Nursing Committee. “Dr. Thomson is a loving, remarkable lady who represents the Nursing Department of Hartwick College beyond expectations.”

While a student at Hartwick, Thomson was named a John Christopher Hartwick Scholar, the highest honor bestowed upon students by the College. She also was the recipient of the Hartwick College Nursing Alumni Award and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Since graduating in 1972, she has received numerous honors from the College, including the Outstanding Young Alumna Award and Meritorious Service Award, and has served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Hartwick College Alumni Association. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing honor society, was named to Outstanding Young Women of America, is a National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners fellow, and was included in Who’s Who in American Nursing and Who’s Who of American Women.

After receiving her Nursing degree from Hartwick, Thomson continued her education, receiving her pediatric nurse practitioner degree in 1975, master of science in nursing degree in 1977, and Ph.D. in 2001. Today, she works as a pediatric nurse practitioner and medical hypnotherapist, and has published on a variety of subjects in professional journals in the United States, Australia, and Europe, as well as chapters for nursing and hypnosis texts. She has authored two books, Harry the Hypnopotamus: Metaphorical Tales for the Treatment of Children and Harry the Hypnopotamus: Metaphorical Tales for Children, Volume II, and created Stress-Free Surgery, a two-CD set to help patients prepare for and recover from surgery.

Thomson also has presented at numerous workshops in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, and Italy, and has taught at several universities, including Yale University, University of Massachusetts, and University of Vermont. She has served on a clinical expert panel on hypnosis for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, as advisory editor for the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, is past president of the New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and served on the executive committee, education committee, and speakers bureau for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Her research focuses on the effects of hypnotic intervention therapy on pain, anxiety, and nausea in epilepsy surgery patients and the effects of mental skills training on Olympic athletes, as well as changing the attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs of healthcare professionals concerning hypnosis.

Thomson’s husband, George O. Thomson ’70, is a past recipient of Hartwick’s Outstanding Young Alumnus and Meritorious Service awards and former President of the Hartwick College Alumni Association. They reside in Ludlow, VT.

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