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CUSON grads work to improve healthcare in the US and around the world

Meet the Trailblazers

Three Recent grads Improving Healthcare at home and Abroad

When the class of 2013 tosses their caps in the air on May 21 at CUSON graduation, they will join the ranks of alumni who work as leaders in varied nursing roles across the country and around the world. more...

Making Women's Health a Priority

Programs and research targeting women's and maternal health at CUSON showcase a diversity of expertise

Despite spending upwards of $98 billion a year on hospitalizations for pregnancy and childbirth, the US ranks 50th in the world for maternal mortality, meaning 49 countries are better at keeping new mothers alive. more...

Many Reasons for Optimism

by Bobbie Berkowitz, Phd, RN, FAAN
Dean, Columbia University School of Nursing

Spring is a busy and exciting time for Columbia Nursing. Seasonal milestones this year included the annual reunion, followed by graduation ceremonies for the class of 2013 then welcoming events for our new Entry into Practice (ETP) class. more...

Alumni Profile:
Roxana Sasse, '92, DNP, '11

Roxana Sasse is a nurse anesthetist at the Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island. She served as director of CUSON’s Alumni Association from 2000 to 2003 and two terms as its president from 2004-2010. more...

Elizabeth Cohn, DNSc, assistant professor, was named a judge for The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's annual PCORI Challenge Initiative.

Will Enlow, DNP, assistant director, Nurse Anesthesia Program, presented on the One & Only Campaign at the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NYSANA) Spring Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Nadia Elgoghail and Azsha Matthews, two ETP students, each received a $2,500 Go Red Multicultural scholarship awared to students to increase culturally-sensitive, patient-centered care.

Rita Marie John, DNP, associate professor, presented "Ordering Diagnostic Lab: Connecting the Dots" at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practioners annual meeting and "What’s New in Pediatric Healthcare" at the Greater New York National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners annual conference.

PhD student Raquel Ramos was invited to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Connections annual summer symposium for minority pre and postdocs for a mentoring experience with national academic leaders and researchers.

Assistant Professor Tawandra Rowell-Cunsolo, PhD, received a $25,000 grant from the Provost's Grants Program for Junior Faculty who contribute to the diversity goals of the University for a study to test the feasibility of a novel approach to reduce HIV/AIDS among vulnerable populations.

CUSON was one of the institutions awarded a $400,000 grant from the National Institute for Nursing Research to study “Hydroxyurea for Personal Best in Sickle Cell Treatment: HABIT.” One of the principal investigators is
Assistant Dean, Scholarship and Research Arlene Smaldone, DNSc. Professor Suzanne Bakken, PhD will serve as a co-investigator and Associate Professor Haomiao Jia, PhD as a biostatistician.

Rita John, DNP, Associate Professor is the lead author of "Clubfoot: What every NP should know," published by American Journal of Nurse Practitioners.

Anita Nirenberg, MS, '96, DNSc, '09 was inducted into the Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing.

Some 200 people attended Alumni Reunion from class years ranging from '43-'12. Check out photos from the event here:

Students and teachers from the Bread & Roses Integrated Arts High School attended Mentoring Day sponsored by the CUSON Diversity Subcommittee on Community and Educational Diversity.

Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Zeta Chapter Induction Ceremony
Monday May 20 4-6PM
Alumni Auditorium 650 W. 168th Street
Keynote Speaker: Vivian Taylor, EdD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Cultural Affairs, Columbia Nursing

Columbia Nursing Graduation Ceremony
Tuesday May 21 10:30 AM
New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory Arena
216 Fort Washington Avenue at West 168th St.
Livestream here:

Seminar: Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Friday May 24 12:00PM
2nd Floor Student Lounge Nicole Holuba LaMarca, DNP, will present.

Welcome Breakfast and Visit to the Cloisters
Saturday June 1 10AM-12PM
CUMC Faculty Club 630 W. 168th Street
Enjoy a mimosa brunch at the 6th annual Welcome Breakfast to help welcome incoming students. Optional visit to the Cloisters at 11am
To register:

CIRI Seminar: Transmission of Staphylococcus aureus between Correctional Facilities and the Community
Thursday June 6 12:00PM
1st Floor Student Lounge
Lunch will be served.

ETP Open House
Friday June 14 10:00AM
For additional information call 212-305-5756 or

The New York Times referred to a CUSON study of a Brooklyn residence in where mothers live with their children instead of spending time in jail.

Professor Walter Bockting, PhD, was quoted in on CUSON's study finding that peer support lowers distress in transgender people. quoted Professor Nancy Reame, PhD, about her study of female sexual dysfuction.


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