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Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in Bangladesh learning about newborn care and other topics from CUSON midwifery experts

A Ripple Effect For Women in Bangladesh

Jennifer Wilen didn’t think twice about eating papaya and banana slices from the same plates used by dais, Bangladeshi traditional birth attendants, considered at the bottom of the social strata in that country.

Then she met eyes with one of the dais, who stared back at her, incredulously.

“My son won’t even drink from a cup I’ve used,” the woman told their translator. more...


Re-energizing the Faculty Practice

Imagine you’re a busy professional working in Midtown Manhattan with a jam-packed schedule. You wake up one morning thinking you have strep throat. You frantically call your primary care doctor, who might not have any openings for a week.  more...

Giving to our School Gains Momentum

By Bobbie Berkowitz, Dean, Columbia University School of Nursing

Generosity of spirit is practically a part of a nurse’s job description. Nurses seem to instinctively provide care unselfishly, care that extends not only to their patients, but also to their patients’ families, their community and the world at large. more...

Janet Izlar, CRNA, DNAP, (MS ’06) is the current president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).  The Association represents 44,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), and sets practice standards and guidelines on behalf of CRNAs, with a special emphasis on advocacy for legislative and regulatory scope of practice, the equitable reimbursement of services and strengthening education programs. more...

Suzanne Bakken, PhD, professor, was elected President-Elect of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).

Elaine Larson, PhD, associate dean for research; Monika Pogorzelska, PhD, associate research scientist; and Laurie Conway, MS; co-authored a poster-presentation "Self-assessments of US Healthcare Facilities Participating in the World Health Organization's 'SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands' Campaign - 2011" at the 2012 annual conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. 

Marlene Mc Hugh, DNP, assistant professor,  was appointed a content reviewer of NIH Pain Consortium Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs), Southern Illinois University and Saint Louis University.

Rebecca Schnall, PhD, assistant professor, was elected as a fellow to the New York Academy of Medicine.


A good friend of Columbia Nursing donated $200,000 toward augmented support for the Mary Dickey Lindsay ’45 DNP Scholarship Fund which benefits students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Laurie Conway, MS,  received a $42,000 grant for “Secondary Bacteremia in Patients with Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection" from the National Institute of Nursing Research.

The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation gave $25,000 towards student scholarships.

The school received a $160,000 award for scholarships from the Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation, comprised of $80,000 for the Rudin Foundation Graduate Studies in Oncology Scholarship, and $80,000 for two Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships.


Elaine Larson, PhD, associate dean of research;  Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz, PhD, associate research scientist; and Patricia Stone, PhD, professor co-authored "Long-term survival and healthcare utilization outcomes attributable to sepsis and pneumonia" published in the November 2012 issue of BMC Health Services Research.

Laurie Conway, MS; Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz, PhD, associate research scientist; Elaine Larson, PhD, associate dean of research; and Patricia Stone, PhD, professor; co-authored "Adoption of policies to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections in United States intensive care units" in American Journal of Infection Control.

Marlene McHugh, DNP, associate professor, and Penelope Buschman, MS, assistant professor, co-authored "Nursing Leading the Response to the Crisis of Palliative Care for Vulnerable Populations," in  Nursing Economics.

Marlene McHugh, DNP, associate professor, co-authored
"Core Curriculum for the Advanced Practice Nurse" for the Hospice and Palliative Care Association.


Laura Ardizzone ’04 ’10, was named Chief Nurse Anesthetist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City.

Dean Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, was appointed to the editorial board of LGBT Health a new journal, that will launch later this year.

Penelope Buschman, MS, Director of the Psychiatric Mental Health NP program, announced a new $50,000 endowed scholarship from many alumni and friends of CUSON, at a reception for program graduates at the Columbia Alumni Association headquarters.

Wanda Montalvo, an RWJF scholar and current PhD student, organized "Mentoring the Next Generation of Nurse Leaders" a conference sponsored by RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Alumni Association at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York headquarters.

CUSON welcomes new faculty member Tawandra Rowell-Cunsolo, PhD, assistant professor of social welfare science.

Roxanna Sasse, '92, '11, will receive a Columbia Alumni Association Medal, recognized for building Columbia's community—whether regionally, online, in specific schools, or in cross-campus initiatives. Alumni Medalists are honored each fall at the CAA Leaders Assembly Gala.


Combined BS/MS Open House
Friday Feb. 15
@10:00 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21@ 5:00p.m.

For more information call  212-305-5756 or e-mail

Meet and Greet with Diversity Dean Vivian Taylor
Thursday, Feb. 21 @5:00p.m.
Second Floor Student Lounge

"Driving Change in the Evolving Healthcare Industry Landcape" Panel Discussion and networking event
Tuesday, Feb. 26
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Columbia Club of New York
15 West 43rd Street
CUSON Professor  Pat Stone, PhD will be part of a  panel discussion moderated by Cliff Cramer, Director, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management, Columbia Business School. A reception will follow with the opportunity to mingle with alumni experts. RSVP:

Updates on CUSON’s Center-Based Pilot Grants
Wednesday, Feb. 27
12:00-1:00 p.m.
First Floor Student Lounge Asst. Professor Lusine Poghosyan, PhD, will present findings from “Development and Initial Testing of the Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Organizational Climate Questionnaire” and Asst Professor Rebecca Schnall, PhD, will present “Evaluation of the Implementation of the NY State HIV Testing Law in the Emergency Department.

Center for Health Policy Seminar 
Thursday, Feb.28 

First Floor Student Lounge
Asst Professor Rebecca Schnall, PhD will present "Examing the Effect of the NY State HIV testing Law on HIV diagnosis in Emergency Department Patients."

Seminar: Challenges of Measuring Hospital Multidrug-Resistant Organism Rates
First Floor Student Lounge, lunch served
Thursday, March 7 12:00-1:00 p.m. 
Speakers: Yoko Furuya, MD, MS and Carolyn Herzig, MS, MPhil

Assistant professor Penelope Buschman, MS, was interviewed for KOMO-AM radio in Seattle about the needs of children caring for elderly parents. 

Associate Dean of Research Elaine Larson, PhD, was interviewed on proper handwashing techniques  on and KOMO-AM Seattle

Columbia Doctors Midtown, in which The School of Nursing’s faculty practice provides primary and immediate care services from the first floor, was covered in Crain's New York Business

Ann-Margaret Navarra, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, was quoted on CUSON's research study finding that parental misconceptions about antiobiotics are linked to poor health literacy levels in the Latino community in The Huffington Post,, and Medical Xpress.

CUSON's research study finding that temp nurses may be unfairly blamed for poor patient outcomes was covered in ADVANCE for Nurses,,  and Reflections on Nursing Leadership.

Professor Nancy Reame, PhD, was quoted in on tips for menopausal women to enjoy greater intimacy.


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