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An Inspiring Outlook

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Dean Berkowitz

Nursing Outlook, the official journal of the American Academy of Nursing and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, turned 60 years old this year. To celebrate, the editors asked CUSON dean Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD to curate a special issue with key articles representing nursing’s progress. Selecting from more than 100 papers, Dean Berkowitz asked a handful of nurse leaders to provide commentary on six articles. Three additional articles rounded out the story of nursing’s evolution across six decades.

As Dean Berkowitz stated in her guest editorial, “Wisdom in our History,” nursing topics have changed over the decades to reflect the needs of the patient and of society. The ’50s were dominated by articles on mental health, public health nursing, and tuberculosis; the ’60s focused on obstetrics, nursing administration and geriatrics. The ’70s saw the advent of nurse practitioner education, community action and advocacy, and drug abuse. Articles emphasizing patient outcomes, feminism, HIV/AIDS, and nursing research were prominent during the ’80s. The ’90s saw a focus on international health, cancer care, and pain management; and the 2000s emphasized lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender health, genetics, the use of the Internet and informatics, and interdisciplinary education.

Reflecting on the issue, Dean Berkowitz said, “this review was, in no short measure, inspiring for what we as a profession have brought to the creation of a more progressive, productive, prosperous, just, and healthful society.”

Announcements: Welcome to New Faculty

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Dr. Bockting

Walter Bockting, PhD, one of the world’s leading experts on gender identity development and transgender health, has been nominated to a tenure track position as Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Nursing) at CUSON and at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He will also serve as co-director of the newly launched Initiative for LGBT Health, based in the Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at P&S, in close collaboration with the School of Nursing. For the last 20 years, he has directed transgender health services at the University of Minnesota’s Program in Human Sexuality. Dr. Bockting’s research interests include gender identity development, transgender health, sexuality and the Internet, and HIV prevention. His work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Minnesota Department of Health. “The ability to care for members of the LGBT community has emerged as an important feature of a healthcare provider’s core competency,” said CUSON dean Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD. “Dr. Bockting’s experience teaching clinicians to work knowledgably with this population is of tremendous value, which will benefit both nursing and medical students as they prepare for their careers as clinicians.

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Dr. Taylor

Vivian Taylor, PhD will join CUSON as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Cultural Affairs on January 7. Dr. Taylor is the Vice President of Community Development and Chief of Staff at Barnard College, where she has held a wide variety of positions including Higher Education Opportunity Program Director and Associate Dean for Student Affairs. During her 25 years of service at Barnard, Dr. Taylor worked to develop and implement programs to bring equity, access, and support to underrepresented and marginalized members of society. Dr. Taylor will head the School’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.



Postdoctoral research fellow Ann-Margaret Dunn-Navarra, PhD and associate dean for research Elaine Larson, PhD co-authored “Parental Health Literacy, Knowledge, and Beliefs Regarding Upper Respiratory Infections (URI) in an Urban Latino Immigrant Population.” The study, published in The Journal of Urban Health, concluded that targeted education to improve health literacy, knowledge, and beliefs about URI and related antibiotic treatment is needed among Latino parents in northern Manhattan. Click here to read the abstract and download the article.

Assistant professors of nursing Robert J. Lucero, PhD and Lusine Poghosyan, PhD contributed the lead chapter, “The Future of the Hispanic Registered Nurse Workforce: Improving Quality of Care and Patient Outcomes,” in Hispanic Voices: Progreso, Poder, y Promesa, a new book issued by the National League of Nursing. The book sold out in three weeks and is now in its second printing. Dr. Lucero is co-director of the TRANSIT initiative, which aims to assist CUSON's PhD program in producing expert nurse scientists to lead interdisciplinary and translational research in underserved urban communities and is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Associate professor of clinical nursing Jacqueline Merrill, DNSc was lead author of “Using Social Network Analysis to Examine Collaborative Relationships among PhD and DNP Students and Faculty in a Research-Intensive University School of Nursing,” a research paper published in the October 2012 issue of Nursing Outlook. Co-authors were postdoctoral research scientist Sunmoo Yoon, PhD; associate dean for research Elaine Larson, PhD; professor of clinical nursing Judy Honig, DNP, EdD; and the Mary Dickey Lindsay Professor of Nursing, Nancy Reame, PhD. Click here to read the paper's abstract on

In the Media

Infection Control Today and Science Daily were among the news outlets reporting on a study by PhD student Laurie J. Conway and published in The American Journal of Infection Control. Associate research scientist Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz, PhD; associate dean for research Elaine Larson, PhD; and Patricia W. Stone, PhD, the Centennial Professor in Health Policy, co-authored the study, which found that hospital size matters when it comes to ICUs adopting even the most routine prevention policies for catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). Large hospitals—those with more than 500 beds—had a 1.5 higher average rate of CAUTI than hospitals with 500 beds or less. Since larger hospitals, particularly teaching hospitals, often treat sicker patients, the finding that their ICUs have higher incidences of CAUTI was not unanticipated, though still a cause of concern. What was puzzling, said Ms. Conway, is that ICUs in larger hospitals—those with the higher rates of CAUTI—were less likely to have implemented a CAUTI prevention policy. Click here to read the study's full text on the American Journal of Infection Control's website.

Infection Control Today and reported on a survey of hospitals participating in the World Health Organization (WHO) SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign, the preliminary results of which were presented by PhD student Laurie Conway at the 2012 annual conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Ms. Conway conducted the survey with co-authors Benedetta Allegranzi, MD (first author of the study), of the World Health Organization World Alliance for Patient Safety; Didier Pittet, MD, of the University of Geneva Hospitals; Katherine Ellingson, PhD, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and associate dean for research Elaine Larson, PhD. According to Ms. Conway, the survey sought to evaluate the current status of hand-hygiene promotion within the context of the WHO's self-assessment tool, and revealed that while great strides are being made, more work must be done to boost hand-hygiene monitoring and self-assessment in US healthcare facilities.

Associate research scientist Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz, PhD was lead author of a study published in the October 2012 issue of The American Journal of Infection Control and reported on by American Medical News,, and Kaiser Health News. Patricia W. Stone, PhD, the Centennial Professor in Health Policy, and associate dean for research Elaine Larson, PhD co-authored the study, titled, “Wide Variation in Adoption of Screening and Infection Control Interventions for Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms: A National Study.” The study found that screening practices for multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in intensive care units (ICUs) vary widely from hospital to hospital. Dr. Pogorzelska-Maziarz said that hospitals should tailor their response to the types and frequency of infection in their local areas, but that some measures included in her study make good sense from a precaution perspective. “It seems prudent to isolate possibly infected patients admitted into the ICU until lab tests come back giving an ‘all-clear,’” she said. Click here to read the study's full text on the American Journal of Infection Control's website

Presentations and Accolades

Postdoctoral fellow Adriana Arcia, PhD presented, “Accessing Hidden Populations: Advertisements on a Social Networking Website for Cost-Effective Participant Recruitment” at the 2012 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco.

Assistant professor of nursing Elizabeth Cohn, DNSc presented a poster titled, “Calorie Posting in Chain Restaurants in a Low-Income Urban Neighborhood: Measuring Practical Utility and Policy Compliance” at the American Academy of Nursing’s 39th Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, DC. Co-authors include associate dean for research Elaine Larson, PhD, and Olajide Williams, MD, an associate professor of clinical neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Assistant professor of nursing Kathleen Hickey, EdD has been elected as a fellow of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing of the American Heart Association (AHA). This fellowship recognizes outstanding contributions in cardiovascular nursing and cardiovascular health and volunteer leadership within the AHA.

Associate dean for research Elaine Larson, PhD presented the Kass Lecture at IDWeek, the joint meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS). Her talk was titled, “Infection Prevention and Social Change.” Also presenting at the meeting were Bevin Cohen, MPH, program coordinator for CUSON’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Infections (CIRI); PhD student Laurie Conway; associate research scientist Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz, PhD; CIRI project manager Yu-Hui Ferng, MPA; and Jennifer Wong-McLoughlin ’08, a registered nurse at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Associate professor of clinical nursing Jacqueline Merrill, DNSc is the subcontract principal investigator of a research project at the University of California, San Francisco, titled, “Systems-Level Mass Fatality Preparedness.” The project is funded by a $150,000 award given by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Merrill is collaborating with the project’s principal investigator at UCSF, Dr. Robyn Gershon, to shed light on the capacity of mass fatality infrastructure to effectively respond to a catastrophic event. Dr. Merrill also presented her analysis of how communication between public health officers diffuses innovation and new practices at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Reame & Ms. Ramos (3rd & 4th from left) at the Montefiore Nursing Scholars research symposium

Nancy Reame, PhD, the Mary Dickey Lindsay Professor of Nursing and director of the TRANSIT initiative, and PhD student Raquel Ramos, TRANSIT’s student representative, presented a poster at the Montefiore Nursing Scholars second annual research symposium. The poster was titled, “Expanding Diversity in a PhD Nursing Program Using Tailored, Web-Based Recruitment Strategies.” The TRANSIT initiative, funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, was established to assist the School’s PhD Program in producing expert nurse scholars who will lead interdisciplinary and transitional research in underserved urban communities

Associate professor of clinical nursing Rita Marie John, DNP, EdD presented, “Use of Isabel Decision Support to Improve Diagnostic Accuracy Among Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Students” at the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference in New Orleans.

Alumni News

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Ms. Sekler

Joan Sekler ’75 was recently recognized for her activism towards social justice as a documentary filmmaker. On October 21, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics presented Ms. Sekler with its Historian of the Lions Award at its annual party auctiont, Celebrating the Art of Resistance!, in Los Angeles. A nurse and physician’s assistant, Ms. Sekler has produced, directed, and written films including Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, for which she won a Director’s Choice Award, and Locked Out, which chronicled the struggle of unionized miners in Boron, California against the multinational Rio Tinto Group. “Joan has been tireless in her efforts to combat inequities, even since our days in nursing schools when she agitated against racism in health care,” said former CUSON classmate Holly Cassells ’75.

Inaugural Giving Day a Success!

Thank you to all who made Columbia Giving Day a success on October 24. This was an unprecedented 24-hour, university-wide online fundraising initiative to boost visibility, participation and revenue for 21 schools and programs.

CUSON raised $30,840, including a matching bonus from University trustees. Fifty-seven alumni, faculty, and friends participated in the effort led by CUSON’s Giving Day chair Michelle Kolb ’05 ’09. Giving Day committee members included Laura Ardizzone ’04 ’10, Vanessa Battista ’06 ’08, PhD student Don Boyd ’06, Julie Chiu ’05, assistant professor of clinical nursing William Mark Enlow ’04 ’10, Matthew Jenison ’10 ’12, Combined BS/MS Program clinical director Sunni Levine ’96, Roxana Sasse ’92 ’11, and Olivia Velez ’06 ’11.

Click here to watch Dean Berkowitz participating in the Deans’ Roundtable with other University leaders on Giving Day.

If you were not able to make a contribution on Columbia Giving Day, you can still give to the Annual Fund by visiting this secure link.

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