The Decker School of Nursing is proud to congratulate its very first Class of 2012 Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) Graduates: Kathleen T. Anderson (Capstone Project: Working Towards Policy Change); Andin J. Kovarik (Capstone Project: Implementing Sustainable Safer Sex Education on a College Campus); and Nichole A. MacConnell-Rosa (Capstone Project: Home-centered Primary Care for the Aging). CONGRATS!!!
Congratulations to 2012 Decker School of Nursing PhD graduate, Nina Delmonte Flanagan. Flanagan's dissertation is titled "The Role of Family Assessment of Delirium in the Older Adult in Post-Acute Care." Donna G. Hogan is also due congratulations for her awarded of PhD degree at the December 2011 ceremony. Hogan's dissertation is titled: "The Impact of Nasal Congestion and Rural Residence on Pulmonary Function and Asthma Control in Adults with Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis."
Special congratulations goes to the Decker School of Nursing, faculty member Linda Barnfather, and alumnus Cheryl Orzel-Teris who were all honored at the annual NYSNA District #5 Nurses' Day Breakfast held in May. DSON was honored as co-recipient of District #5's Public Relations Award for faculty, staff, and student efforts put forth to assist our community during the flood of September 2011. Linda Barnfather, MS '02, clinical associate professor and nursing leader at UHS, was appointed Honored Nurse of the Year. Awarded Honored Nurse of the Year in Nursing Leadership was alumna, Cheryl Orzel-Teris, BS '97, MS '99, who works at Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, NY. Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to DSON Clinical Assistant Professor Yvonne Johnston for receiving an award from the Broome County Health Department for a project entitled, "Sodium Reduction in Communities."
Kudos to DSON Associate Professor Dr. Serdar Atav on receiving an award from Health Research, Inc., for his project entitled, "Performance Management Data Entry Systems (PMDES)."
Kudos to Martha Langhorne, MS '88, who was the 2011 recipient of the Oncology Nursing Society Pearl Moore Making a Difference Award. Langhorne is a nurse practitioner at Binghamton Gastroenterology. The award recognizes her significant contributions to the oncology nursing profession at the local and regional levels.
Congratulations! to Donna G. Hogan, PhD Candidate, for successfully defending her dissertation, on Friday, November 11, entitled: The Impact of Nasal Congestion and Rural Residence on Pulmonary Function and Asthma Control in Adults with Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis.
Kudos to Decker School undergraduate and graduate student colleagues who traveled to Albany April 12 for the annual Lobby Day excursion and a chance to speak to legislators about pressing issues that practicing nurses face on the job every day. One issue that continues to challenge nurses is high patient-to-nurse staffing ratios. Although increased costs are associated with putting more nurses on the floor, the need for more nursing coverage cannot be ignored. Additionally, nursing can sometimes be a dangerous occupation when volatile patients are brought in for care. Last year the Legislature passed a law increasing the penalty for causing injury to a nurse up to a Class C felony, a good example of how Lobby Day gives nurses from across the State a chance to pull together in Albany and encourage legislators to take favorable action.
DSON alum, Nichole Rouhana, MSN, CNM, Director and Clinical Assistant Professor at State University of New York, Stonybrook, was selected for the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Rural Health Fellows (RHF) Program of 2011. The RHF Program is a year-long, intensive training program that develops leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America. Each year, the NRHA selects 10 to 15 highly motivated individuals who have proven their dedication to improving the health of rural Americans through their educational or professional experience.
Program Director Ann Fronczek and the Decker School of Nursing were recently awarded $194,780 through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) ARRA-Equipment to Enhance Training for Health Professionals Program. This award will allow for the expansion of the simulation equipment available in the Innovative Practice Center. The new additions expected are two additional Laerdal SimMans, a Noelle Maternal and Neonatal Birthing Simulator, and an automatic medication cabinet as well as other equipment used to simulate patient care experiences.
The Decker School was awarded the 2010 Senator Patricia A. McGee Award for Rural Programs in recognition of its outstanding dedication and contributions to improve the health of rural populations. The School houses the O'Connor Office of Rural Health and offers graduate students the opportunity to pursue a Doctorate in Rural Health Nursing. DSON Dean Joyce Ferrario, Professor Mary Muscari, Director of the O'Connor Office of Rural Health, and Dr. Pamela Stewart Fahs, Decker Endowed Chair of Rural Health Nursing, attended the annual New York State Association for Rural Health's (NYSARH) meeting on September 13-14 to accept this prestigious award.
[Pictured above (l to r, first row): Professor and Decker Endowed Chair of Rural Health Nursing Dr. Pamela Stewart Fahs, Associate Professor and Director of the O'Connor Office for Rural Studies Mary Muscari, and Dean of the Decker School Joyce Ferrario are pictured among those honored by the NYSARH at the September meeting.]
Congratulations to Professor Linda Lazzari who passed the nurse educator certification exam in summer 2010.
DSON will be hosting the website for the Online Journal for Rural Nursing Education and Health Care with Pam Stewart Fahs as the new editor (taking the reigns from Jeri Dunkin) after the January 2011 issue. The School will be responsible for the May 2011 issue.
In Spring 2010, professor and researcher Dr. Linda Buettner earned her most recent and prestigious award – the 2010 Barry Reisberg Award for Non-Pharmacologic Research, Theory, and Clinical Practice. Read more.
Professor Kathleen Anderson was selected to receive the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Invitational Health Policy Fellowship to work with Jan Towers PhD, NP-C, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, Director of Health Policy, American of the Academy of Nurse Practitioners this summer in Washington, DC. This is a wonderful opportunity for her to receive this invaluable experience as she works toward her DNP at the Decker School. Cograts, Kathleen! (2010)
Congratulations to Professor and Director of the Institute for Primary and Preventative Health Care Gary James who was elected to the rank of fellow by the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS Council annually elects members whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished." James was honored for distinguished contributions to the field of biological anthropology, particularly for contributing to the understanding of the causes and effects of psychosocial and physiological stress. In commemoration, he received a certificate and rosette.
Kudos to Gerri Britton, PhD and Rosemary Collier, PhD student, for presenting “The Effectiveness of a Nurse-Managed Smoking Cessation Program on the Birth and Other Perinatal Outcomes of a Pregnant Rural" as a poster at the international 2010 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Meeting on February 24-27 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Nursing Lindsay Lake Morgan, one of two faculty to receive a Provost's 2010 Inter/Multidisciplinary Symposia Award. Morgan will hold a symposium titled, "Research Sampling: Accessing Underserved Populations" focusing on reducing sampling barriers and sharing effective methods used for research of under served populations to provide discourse and promote the development of interdisciplinary teams.
Last Updated: 9/24/13