Dean Feldman Named Chair of National Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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 re-elected the 2009 chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the national nonprofit agency that exclusively accredits baccalaureate and higher degree programs in nursing.

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Influential role for influential dean DEAN OF PACE UNIVERSITY’S LIENHARD SCHOOL OF NURSING NAMED CHAIR OF NATIONAL COMMISSION ON COLLEGIATE NURSING EDUCATION

Harriet R. Feldman also gets accepted to Harvard program

NEW YORK, NY – 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 re-elected the 2009 chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the national nonprofit agency that exclusively accredits baccalaureate and higher degree programs in nursing.

She has also been chosen as a member of Harvard’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) Class of 2009 to be held from June 14–26, 2009.

During Feldman’s leadership of the organization, CCNE has: • Amended the standards for accreditation of baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs to address baccalaureate and master’s degree nursing programs, as well as Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. • Trained a cadre of over 100 new on-site evaluators to serve as volunteer peer reviewers in the CCNE accreditation process. • Participated as an organizational member in the advanced practice nursing consensus work group and endorsed the resulting consensus model for advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) regulation which includes licensure, accreditation, certification and education. • Amended the procedures for accreditation of baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs to address baccalaureate and master’s degree nursing programs, as well as Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. • Re-trained all active CCNE evaluators to the amended Standards and Procedures.

Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing is among the first institutions in the nation to receive funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. Grants provided through this program are being used to increase the number of students enrolled in Lienhard’s accelerated baccalaureate nursing program, the Combined Degree Program (CDP). This national initiative, launched by RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), aims to help alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage by dramatically expanding the pipeline of students in accelerated nursing programs. The LSN received a $120,000 grant that will allow the school to award twelve scholarships of $10,000 each to students who are “underrepresented” in nursing and enroll in the CDP in spring 2009.

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 started a new Doctor of Nursing Practice program in September 2008 to address the need for practitioners with the most advanced level of clinical nursing practice in which they will design, implement, evaluate and continuously improve health care delivery and outcomes.

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 an active emeritus member 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.

About Pace. For 101 years Pace University has combined exceptional academics with professional experiences and the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York enrolling more than 13,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu.

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