Laura L. Ardizzone, DNP, CRNA received her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania and her MS and DNP from Columbia University School of Nursing. Laura is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing and the Director of Clinical Education for the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Columbia University School of Nursing. She maintains a clinical practice at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she provides anesthesia services for a wide variety of surgical procedures and all age groups. Laura serves as a member of the board of directors of the New York State Association of Nurse. Her research interests include patient safety and patient outcomes and for her post-doctoral project she will spend 20% of her time for a year leading a project with a team from the School of Nursing and Memorial Sloan Kettering to examine surgical patient’s knowledge about hand hygiene practices.