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Influential role for influential dean
DEAN OF PACE UNIVERSITY’S LIENHARD SCHOOL OF NURSING
NAMED CHAIR OF NATIONAL NURSING ACCREDITATION COMMISSION
Harriet R. Feldman also receives Grace E. Davidson award from NYU School of Nursing
NEW YORK, NY, November 29, 2007 – At a time of enormous demand for nurses, Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, a Bellmore, NY resident and dean of Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing since 1993, has been elected the 2008 chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the national nonprofit agency that exclusively accredits baccalaureate and higher degree programs in nursing.
She also was honored this month at her alma mater, New York University, with this year’s Grace E. Davidson award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions of nursing administrators to the education of nursing students.
“At a time when enormous demand for nurses could create temptations to cut corners on preparing the next generation of nurses, accreditation of nursing programs to serve the public interest is more vital than ever,” said Feldman. “I am pleased to be a member of this panel of individuals who broadly represent the interests of educators, deans, practitioners, employers, and community members.”
Bottlenecks and politics. Feldman is emerging as a national authority on three major trends that are changing the nursing profession – the shortage of nurses and nurse educators, the involvement of nurses in promoting health policy, and the promotion of evidence-based procedures in education and nursing practice.
Feldman has published more than 90 books, book chapters, refereed journal articles, and editorials that have focused on leadership, the nursing and faculty shortages, the role of nurses in the political arena, and evidence-based practice. She has especially spoken out on the nursing shortage and the bottleneck to educating more nurses that is being created by a parallel shortage of nursing faculty members.
Under her direction, the Lienhard School was a leader in a consortium of health-related institutions in New York’s Hudson Valley that in 2005 won a $1.03 million US Labor Department grant to help open that bottleneck. The funds provide monetary credits to healthcare facilities in exchange for loaning Master’s-prepared nurses to teach clinical courses, thereby making it possible to enroll greater numbers of nursing students
Partly as a result, the Lienhard School’s enrollment is up this fall by about 70 students, the fourth year with such an increase. Lienhard’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program is ranked ninth nationally in the U.S. News & World Report survey of “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2008.”
Building on this reputation, the Lienhard School received official word last week from New York State that its new Doctor of Nursing Practice program has been approved.
Feldman has testified in Congress and written numerous articles and letters to editors on nursing policy, becoming a nationally known figure both within her field and in the media. For her legislative work in addressing the shortage, she received the “STAR” award for grassroots political advocacy from the Association of American Colleges of Nursing.
Prized books. In the last six years, Feldman has edited four award-winning books. “Nurses in the Political Arena: The Public Face of Nursing” (2000), with Sandra Lewenson, EdD, RN, FAAN received an American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year award and a Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Print Media Award. That was soon followed by “The Nursing Shortage: Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Clinical Practice and Education” (2003), “Educating Nurses for Leadership” (2005, with Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN), and “Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing” (2006, with Rona F. Levin, PhD, RN), all three of which also received AJN Book of the Year awards.
Feldman is on US Representative Nita Lowey’s (D-NY) Health Advisory Committee and on the board of Nurses Educational Fund, Inc. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and past editor of the journals Nursing Leadership Forum and Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice.
She received her BS and MS degrees in nursing from Adelphi University and her PhD in nursing science from New York University.
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