Columbia University School of Nursery


Carol Stilley, '63

Celebrating a Half Century

In 1963, the first thing Sarah Sheets Cook did when she finished her nursing shift at Babies and Children's Hospital (now Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian), was look for her starched white cap. more...


Employment options abound for nurses, but that doesn't mean the job will be easy

Five Tips for Graduating Nurses

Landing the job is just the beginning when it comes to job prospects for graduating nursing students. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent by 2020 more...

CUSON Nurse Practitioner Caroline Sullivan

Empowering Practice: The Time is Now
By Dean Bobbie Berkowitz

Earlier this year, a rider to New York State's budget stipulated that nurse practitioners be allowed to practice without a collaborating agreement with a physician. Lobbying by special interests resulted in the rider being dropped from the subsequent budget that was recently signed into law. more...

Student Profile:
Kenrick Cato is a pre-doctoral fellow at CUSON whose research is focused on clinical informatics. Prior to entering the ETP program, Cato worked as a computer programmer. In 2001, he entered the military full-time after being inspired to serve his country after the 9-11 attacks. more...

Kristine M. Kulage, MA, Director, Office of Scholarship & Research, is giving a poster presentation, “New Research Faculty Orientation Checklist: Introduction to the Departmental Pre-Award Office” at the 2013 NCURA Region II Conference in Buffalo, NY, April 21-24.

Elaine Larson, PhD, associate dean of research, presented a Plenary Session at the Eastern Nursing Research Society's 25th Annual Scientific Sessions in Boston, Ma.

Norma Hannigan, DNP, assistant professor of nursing, presented "FUNdamentals of Humor in Nursing Education” at the Anna Maxwell

Pat Stone, PhD, professor, accepted the 2013 Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Research Award at the Eastern Nursing Research Society's 25th Annual Scientific Sessions in Boston, Ma. A dozen other CUSON faculty members presented posters and attended.

Elaine Larson, Phd, Associate Dean of Research, received a three year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institute for Nursing Research for "Health Information Technology to Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections: HIT-HAI."

Robert Lucero, PhD, Assistant Professor,  is a PI on "New York City Hispanic Dementia Caregriver Research Program (NHiRP)," funded for a total of $2.7 million for five years by the National Institute of Nursing Research. Other PIs include Jose A. Luchsinger, MD, and Mary Sherman Mittelman, DrPH.

Nancy Reame, PhD, Professor of Nursing, and Joan Kearney, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing received a $10,000 intramural pilot grant through The Center for Children and Families at CUSON for "Characterizing Oxytocin as a Stress Buffer in At-Risk Mothers Exposed to Interpersonal Violence (IPV): A Feasibility Study."


Lusine Poghosyan, PhD, Assistant Professor, co-authored "Organizational Climate in primary care settings: Implications for nurse practitioner practice" published in Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Rebecca Schnall, PhD, Assistant Professor, co-authored "Using Text Messaging to Assess Adolescents' Health Information Needs: An Ecological Momentary Assessment.


Aina Tangen, a visiting student from the University College of Oslo and Akershus (HiOA) came to CUSON for a week, hosted by CUSON's Office of Global Initiatives. Her faculty sponsor was Mary Johnson, DNP, Director, Acute Care Nurse Pracitioner Program.  

Mary Jane McEneneaney, MS, WHNP-BC, Program Director, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, attended the Contraceptive Technology Conference in Arlington, VA with 12 Women's Health NP students. 

Eight student volunteers: Ruth Alexander, Michelle Bernabe, Dorothy Cheng, Michelle Conklin, Taylor Ely, Genesis Grullon, Heidi Swan and Melanie Swan called more than 200 alumni during CUSONs Thank-A-Thon to express their gratitude for their support of the Annual Fund that underwrites student scholarships. 

Faculty members Karen Desjardins, DNP;  Susan Doyle-Lindrud, DNP; and Arlene Smaldone, DNSc, were promoted to Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs; Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs; and Assistant Dean, Scholarship and Research.


Reunion 2013
Friday, April 26
Details and registration info here:
For more information, (800) 899-6728 or

Lunchtime Seminar
Monday, April 29

Evidence based practice for improved cognitive and functinoal outcomes in traumatic brain injury patients
1st Floor Student Lounge

Lunchtime Seminar
Thursday, May 2

CIRI Seminar - Improving Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Neonatal ICU with Computer Decision Support
1st Floor Student Lounge
Lunch will be served

Lunchtime Seminar
Friday, May 3

Second Floor Student Lounge
The Future of HIV Care: Where Do Nurses Belong?

Tuesday, May 21

New Balance Track & Field Center
For more info:

Columbia Journalism Review covered Professor Norma Hannigan's exercise taking her students out to survey the nutritional deficits in Washington Heights supermarkets.

The Epoch Times and Science Daily covered postdoctoral research fellow Adriana Arcia's study finding that 'active' mothers prefer midwife care.

Advance for Nurses covered Professor Walter Bockting's study finding peer support lowers distress in transgender people.



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