Columbia University School of Nursery

Midwifery and nurse anesthesia students working together.

CUSON’s First Interdisciplinary Simulation Teaches Communication Skills During a Medical Emergency

A 32-year old woman has been in labor for two hours. Her blood pressure and pulse are normal, and her temperature is 98 degrees. Her water has just broken. Suddenly, the fetal heart rate drops to a dangerously low 80 beats per minute. more...

Associate Dean for Research Elaine Larson, PhD, was awarded APIC's first Distinguished Scientist Award

Columbia Nursing Well Represented at Leading Infection Control Conference

Columbia Nursing was well represented at this year’s meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) earlier this month in Ft. Lauderdale. One major theme running through the CUSON presentations was the need for surveillance and prevention of infection in long-term care facilities. more...

Transformative Education, Transformative Care

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

Several times a year, a group of deans from the nation's leading schools of nursing gather in Washington, D.C. to meet with regulators and policy makers on issues of importance to nurses and nursing. more...

Faculty Profile:
Arlene Smaldone, DNSc
Assistant Dean, Scholarship & Research

Several faculty members presented at the Anna Maxwell Seminar Series: Sally Aboelela, PhD, assistant professor, Mary Byrne, PhD, professor, Arlene Smaldone, DNSc, assistant dean, scholarship and research, and Rita John, DNP, associate professor, presented "Taking a Positive Spin on Student Evaluations. Dr. John also presented with Kathleen Hickey, EdD, assistant professor, on "The Multiple Ways to Use Case Presentation."

Faculty members from CUSON's Center for Children and Families and their students hosted "Conversations with the Center" a meet and greet where they presented on their clinical and research work at the Hammer Health Sciences Building. Presenters included Mary Byrne, PhD, professor, Penelope Buschman, MS, assistant professor, Joan Kearney, Phd, assistant professor, Nancy Reame, Phd, professor, and Laura Zeidenstein, DNP, assistant professor.

Mary Byrne, PhD, professor, was elected to the Columbia University Senate.

Maria Corsaro, DNP, assistant professor, received the 2013 American College of Nurse Midwives award for excellence in teaching.

Will Enlow, DNP, assistant professor, was appointed to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Education Committee for a second term.

Mary Johnson, DNP, assistant professor, was credentialed as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She was also an invited speaker at The American Thoracic Society International Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. She presented "Advanced Practice Providers in the Hospital Setting" as part of the “Nursing Year in Review” session.

Elaine Larson, PhD, associate dean for research, served as a panelist on "Women and Leadership Identity," at Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons.

Nancy Reame, PhD, professor, chaired "Menstrual Resistance: Toward a New Politics of Reproductive Health," a session at The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research conference. Also in attendance were Karen Desjardins, DNP, assistant dean, Academic Affairs, and Mary Moran, MSN, MPH, clinical Instructor.

Cliff Roberson, DNP, assistant professor, was appointed Vice-Chair of the Education and Training Committee for World Health Organization's Global Initiative on Essential and Emergency Surgery (GIEES). The committee is made up of educators and clinicians from around the world and is charged with updating the WHO Educational Toolkits for programs in developing countries for surgery, anesthesia and obstetrics. He also participated in a medical mission in San Miguel D'Allende, Mexico which performed 160 orthopedic surgeries on 57 children.

Jingjing Shang, PhD, assistant professor, received her first independent federal funding as principal investigator with her R03 proposal “Healthcare Associated Infections in Home Health Care.” This 2-year pilot research grant program, which received an impact score of a perfect 10, was funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health for $160,000.

Patricia W. Stone, PhD, director, Center for Health Policy, is program director of a newly funded NIH NRSA institutional training grant entitled, “Comparative and Cost-Effectiveness Research Training for Nurse Scientists.” This five-year training grant, funded by the NINR for $740,000, will annually support two pre-doctoral and one post-doctoral nurse trainees to become leaders in identifying high-quality, high-value, patient-centered approaches to health promotion and disease prevention across the continuum of care.

Kathleen Hickey, EdD, ANP, assistant professor, was the lead author of "Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: A Clinical and Genetic Update" published in The Nurse Practitioner.

Elaine Larson, PhD, associate dean for research, authored "Monitoring Hand Hygeine" published in The Journal of Infection Control and co-authored "Is Environment Contamination Associated with Staphylococcus Aureus Clinical Infection in Maximum Security Prisons?" published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Marlene McHugh, DNP, assistant professor, co-authored "Outcomes of the Acute Care Unit in an Academic Medical Center," published in American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care.

Phyllis Tarallo, DNP, assistant professor, was the lead author of "Prevalence of High-Risk Human Papilloma Virus Among Women with Hepatitis C Virus Before Liver Transplantation" in Transplant Infectious Disease with co-authors Jan Smolowitz, DNP, senior associate dean, and Haomiao Jia, PhD, associate professor.

Columbia Nursing welcomes four new faculty members: Adena Bargad, PhD, CNM, assistant professor, will serve as director of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program. Ellen Fahey, DNP, FNP, assistant professor, will teach Advanced Clinical Assessment. Jeffrey Kwong, DNP, MPH, ANP-BC, assistant professor, will serve as director of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program. Mary Tresgallo, DNP, MPH, assistant professor, will teach family and adult NP courses, in addition to palliative care courses.

Naveed Ahmed, admissions coordinator, presented three photographs at the 4th Annual CUMC Fine Art Exhibition.

The Office of Global Initiatives is pleased to announce visiting scholar Ilana Livshiz-Riven, PhD, director of the Masters Nursing Program at Ben Gurion University from July 1 – August 31. During her visit, she will observe current infection control research being conducted at CUSON and CUMC and hopes to develop a joint research project to submit for external funding.

Oncology Times published a poem by Virginia "Jennie "Rudd, '07. The poem is dedicated to the late Alyssa-Jo Calio, '08.

Need for particpants in research study on sibling grief:
If you are a CUSON alumni, faculty or staff member and have experienced the death of a sibling at sometime in your life, or before you were born and are willing to share your experience, please e-mail Penny Buschman at or Joan Arnold at

Attention CUSON alumni: The Columbia Alumni Association is your network of 300,000 Columbians. Alumni have access to networks around the world, professional connections and career resources, exclusive cultural events, alumni-only benefits and discounts. Stay connected with the CAA at

Nursing Research in Israel
Wednesday, July 17th 12PM-1PM

Conference Room 145
1st Fl. Georgian Building
Visiting scholar Ilana Livshiz-Riven, PhD, director of the Masters Nursing Program at Ben Gurion University will speak

Combined BS/MS Open House
Friday, July 19th
10:00 AM

Columbia Nursing Campus
Questions: 1-800-899-8895

Nurse Anesthesia Open House
Monday, July 22nd

Columbia Nursing Campus
Questions: 1-800-899-8895

Nurse Midwifery Open House
Monday, July 22nd

Columbia Nursing Campus
Questions: 1-800-899-8895

Columbia Alumni Association Family Day
Sunday, July 28th

Columbia University
Morningside Campus
116th Street bet. Broadway and Amsterdam
Check out CUSON's table!

Sixth Annual Nurse Anesthesia Program Student/ Alumni Reception
Monday, August 12th

Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
For more information or RSVP, contact Tasha White at or 212.305.4196

Columbia Nursing’s study finding that women are less at risk for healthcare-associated infections was covered in multiple outlets including Huffington Post, WebMD, Advance for Nurses, and Infection Control Today.

Dean Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, was quoted in on New York and New Jersey legislation that could allow advanced nurses to practice to their full scope.

Associate Dean for Research Elaine Larson, PhD, was quoted in The New York Times and on hospitals' efforts to have staff wash their hands.

Assistant Professor Robert Lucero, PhD, was quoted on his upcoming research study of Hispanic caregivers of dementia patients in Advance for Nurses, BioMedicine, and Long Term Living Magazine.

Alfredo Axtmayer '13, a cancer survivor, was profiled in The Columbia Record.


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