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First Nursing Co-Chair of CoSMO reflects on "running the show"

Sarah Rives, ’13 typically meets challenges head-on. As a volunteer at a clinic in the Dominican Republic, she developed a rapid testing program to reduce maternal HIV transmissions for women already in labor. more...

Transcending the language barrier

Norma Hannigan’s flawless Spanish comes in quite handy in her role as Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at CUSON, whether she’s facilitating acase study Webinar between Columbia nursing students and the La Romana clinic in the Dominican Republic. more...

In Nurses We Trust
By Bobbie Berkowitz, Dean, Columbia University School of Nursing

Just as the year 2012 ended, Gallup released a poll ranking the most trusted professions in America, and again, for the eleventh year in a row, nurses topped the list. more...

Creating and sustaining diversity at the Columbia University School of Nursing is job one for Vivian Taylor, Ed.D, the school’s Associate Dean for Diversity and Cultural Affairs. more...

Elizabeth Cohn, DNS, assistant professor, was named as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholar to study the ethical, legal and social issues arising from genetic and genomic research.

Kathleen Hickey, EdD, assistant professor, was elected President of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG).

Patricia Stone, PhD, professor, was elected to the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) Technical Expert Panel (TEP) of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS.)

Columbia University School of Nursing received a $25,000 scholarship award from the Dr. Scholl Foundation.

The school received a $75,000 award from the Lincoln Fund for Minority Nurse Scholarships.

Francesca Perrone, '14, received a $2,500 AANP Foundation MSN-NP Student Scholarship from the American Nurse Practitioner Foundation on January 1, 2013.

Ann-Margaret Dunn-Navarra, PhD, co-authored "Parental Health Literacy, Knowledge and Beliefs Regarding Upper Respiratory Infections (URI) in an Urban Latino Immigrant Population", published in Journal of Urban Health.

Mary Johnson, DNP, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, authored "Transitions of Care in Patients Receiving Oral Anticoagulants: General Principles, Procedures, and Impact of New Oral Anticoagulants," published in Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Jacqueline A. Merrill, DNSc, Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, co-authored "A system dynamics evaluation model: implementation of health information exchange for public health reporting" published in Journal of American Medical Informatics Association.

Jingjing Shang,  PhD, Assistant Professor of Nursing, co-authored "Hospital Use of Agency-Employed Supplemental Nurses and Patient Mortality and Failure to Rescue" published in Health Services Research.

Susan Fox, '84, was named the first woman president of White Plains Hospital.

Janice Izlar, '06, President of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, was featured in a CDC Podcast on protecting patients from unsafe injections. The podcast is available at

Elaine Larson, associate dean of research, and Norma Hannigan, assistant professor of clinical nursing,  were named interim co-directors of the WHO Collaborating Center, one component of CUSON's global health activities. 

Students from clinical instructor Mary Moran's ETP class engaged in a sewing circle to create menstrual pads for Ethiopian girls for the charity Girls2Women.

Cliff Roberson, Assistant Professor of clinical nursing, became the first faculty member at Columbia University School of Nursing  to receive certification as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator.

Wednesday, January 16th 1:00 PM
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Online Open House

Friday, January 25th

Anesthesia Visiting Day for Accepted Students

Monday, January 28th 2:00PM
Symposium: State of the Federal Clinical and Translational Research Enterprise
Mailman School of Public Health Auditorium Panel discussion featuring Dean Bobbie Berkowitz, Lee Goldman, MD, Dean, Columbia University Medical Center and others. For more information, e-mail

Monday, February 4th 6:30PM
Annual Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Alumni Reception
Columbia Alumni Center
622 West 113th Street

Thursday, February 7th

Seminar: Challenges and Emerging Evidence in Infection Prevention in Adult and Pediatric Long-Term Care Facilities
Speakers: May Uchida, MSN, Lisa Saiman, MD, MPH, and Ann-Margaret Navarra, PhD
School of Nursing First Floor Student Lounge

Tuesday, Feb. 26th 6:30-8:30PM
"Driving Change in the Evolving Healthcare Industry Landscape" Panel Discussion + networking event
Columbia Club of New York
15 West 43rd Street
CUSON Professor Pat Stone, PhD will be part of a panel discussion moderated by Cliff Cramer, Director, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management, Columbia Business School. A reception will follow.
Contact: Janine Handfus,

Friday, Apr. 26th
Save the Date: Alumni Reunion 2013
Bard Hall
50 Haven Avenue

Columbia University School of Nursing was mentioned in The New York Times on how nurse practitioners are as capable of providing primary care as doctors.

Penelope Bushman's tips for dealing with grief during the holidays were covered in 15 different outlets including US News & World Report,, and MSN Healthy Living.

Susan Spadafora ’93, was mentioned in The New York Times in an article on how NYC nurses are aiding low- income first time mothers.

Pete Swanson,’14, a student in the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program, who is a musician, was covered in Willamette Week.

Patricia Stone was covered in The Hospitalist on the pros and cons of locum tenens.

Associate Professor Jackie Merrill was quoted in Clinical Information + Technology and FierceHealthHit on how difficult is it to implement health information exchange (HIE) for public reporting.


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