Rosalie Burrelli Hammerschmidt Lanius died suddenly at home in Tuppers Plains, Ohio, on Jan. 3, 2012.
She was born in Wilkins Township, Pa., to David and Margaret (nee: Calderelli) Burrelli.
Rosalie attended Turtle Creek High School and earned her R.N. at Presbyterian School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pa. She was a pioneer in critical care nursing at Presbyterian Hospital where she worked with Dr. Peter Safar, the renowned critical care specialist.
In 1969, she was one of the founders of the American Association of Cardiovascular Nurses, serving on the board of directors and as the organization's national president. While president, Heart and Lung, the American Journal of Critical Care, began publication and she was honored with a term as Nurse Editor of the unique journal that she championed. Renamed in 1971 to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, AACN represents the interests of more than 500,000 nurses who have the responsibility of caring for acutely and critically ill patients. She later co-authored "A Little Book of Nursing Rules" in 1993, with longtime colleague and friend Clifford K. Meador, MD.
During her career, Rosalie made major contributions to critical care nursing as a clinician, educator and nursing leader. She played a significant role in the establishment, evolution and acceptance of prehospital emergency care in Nashville, Tenn., and was widely respected for work training paramedics.
Rosalie was an accomplished pianist and loved music, sports and literature. Gardening was a passion that she enjoyed well into her retirement.
Rosalie was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Hans Hammerschmidt and Neil Lanius; and sisters, Angela Vasko and Carole Carnes.