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Upcoming Events

Sunday, July 29
1:00-4:00 pm

Columbia Alumni Association Family Picnic
Morningside Campus South Lawn
CUSON will provide information explaining the benefits of proper hand hygiene at the seventh annual CAA picnic. Student ambassadors will be on hand to lead kid-friendly activities. For full details, including ticket information, click here.

Programs, Centers, and Initiatives

Nurse Anesthesia Program
Faculty member William Mark Enlow, DNP ’04 ’10 has been asked to work with the New York State Department of Health’s New York One and Only Campaign. He will assist in disseminating safe injection practices messages.

Combined BS/MS (Entry-to-Practice) Program
In addition to the student graduation award recipients announced last month, Michal Barnea-Smith ’12 was selected as the Distinguished Entry-to-Practice Graduate by program faculty for best demonstrating the attributes of a Columbia nurse. Ms. Barnea-Smith graduated from the bachelor’s portion of the Combined BS/MS Program and is continuing on in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program for her master’s degree.

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Faculty member Rebekah Ruppe, DNP (far right) showing off CUSON's blanket donation with Nurse Midwifery students

Nurse Midwifery Program
In early June, Nurse Midwifery Program students, faculty, and alumni attended the Association for Certified Nurse Midwives (ACNM) 57th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Long Beach, California. Several students created a knit blanket for the ACNM’s Blankets for Babies public service campaign, a national initiative that collects new or gently used blankets at each ACNM Annual Meeting to donate to local organizations serving newborns and families. This year, donations went to the Eisner Pediatric and Family Health Center in Los Angeles.

Office of Scholarship and Research
Faculty member Rita John, DNP, EdD recently won one of the 2011-2012 Purdue Pharma Pain Management Award. The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation awarded the $5,000 prize to five nurse practitioners and students for projects furthering education and research in pain management. Dr. John’s winning project will evaluate the effectiveness of two different buzzers in reducing immunization pain in adolescents ages 10-18. Click here to read the news release on CUSON’s website.

Associate Dean for Research Elaine Larson, PhD spoke about hygiene initiatives and the impact of the government’s public-reporting requirements for infection at the APIC Annual Educational Conference and International Meeting earlier this month. Click here to see her interview, “Video News: Live@APIC 2012” with Modern Healthcare.

Lusine Poghosyan, PhD has been elected as a member-at-large of the Academy Health Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues’ advisory board.

Dr. Poghosyan and Rebecca Schnall, PhD will present abstracts at the 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research conference hosted by the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science September 13-15 in Washington, DC. Dr. Poghosyan will present “Creating a Favorable Organizational Climate for the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Workforce” and Dr. Schnall will present “Healthcare Workers’ Perceptions of the Barriers and Facilitators to Implementation of the New York State HIV Testing Law in Two Urban Academic Emergency Departments.” For more information on the conference and to register, click here.

CUSON received a Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program funding, which will support PhD students Kenrick Cato and Mayuko Uchida as they complete their studies. The program’s principal investigator is faculty member Patricia Stone, PhD. It aims to improve the healthcare of US veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting the educational advancement of doctoral nurses who will be involved in all levels of veterans’ healthcare, from administration and policy to direct patient care.

Student News

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Students at the Central Park outing

New Student Orientation
CUSON student ambassadors welcomed incoming students at orientation during the first week of June. Highlights included a harbor cruise, outing to Central Park, and welcome breakfast hosted by the School's Alumni Association. Click here to see more photos.

Rudin Scholars Reception
On May 1, the Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation honored scholarship recipients from Columbia University Medical Center at the Rudin Scholars Reception. John Lewin and Mark Bodden, both from the foundation, were present to congratulate Rudin student scholars from CUSON. The Rudin Scholars Program began in 1975 and has awarded scholarships to almost 400 students who aim to pursue careers caring for others. This year, additional support for CUSON's oncology scholarship program was made in honor of Susan Vogel, a nurse at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Click here to view photos on CUSON's Facebook page.

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(l-r): Rudin scholar Taylor Pecora-Saipe, Ms. Vogel, Mr. Lewin, and Rudin scholar Elizabeth Kelliher

Annual Fund

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Ms. Moorer

Christina Moorer completed the first phase of the Combined BS/MS Program this spring and will begin her master’s specialization in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program next semester. Before coming to School of Nursing, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and sociology from Loyola College and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She also worked as an environmental laboratory lead at the US Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine and volunteered in a newborn nursery. During her free time, she volunteers at the Neighborhood and Family Health Center in the Bronx, where she had a clinical rotation last year.

Christina is an Alumni Association Scholarship recipient supported by gifts to the Annual Fund, and is one of 40 students to receive this award this year. To help students like Christina study at CUSON, please make your gift to the Annual Fund today at The fiscal year ends Saturday, June 30. Every dollar counts towards financial aid.

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