NEWS RELEASE: Pace Joins with Other Science Coalition Universities, Columbia and NYU, to Honor Lowey

Pace joined with fellow Science Coalition universities Columbia and NYU to honor Congresswoman Nita Lowey for her role in supporting issues related to global health and biomedical research, consistently advocating for robust federal support for targeted research initiatives. (Left: Dr. Jonathan H. Hill, Associate Dean, Pace University, Sean Solomon, Director of Lamont-Doherty, Congresswoma Nit Lowey and Dr. Kurt Becker, Associate Provost for Research, New York University.)

The Science Coalition presented Congresswoman Nita Lowey with its Champion of Science Award in recognition of her strong commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States and the state of New York at the forefront of scientific and medical discovery and technological innovation. The award was presented jointly by officials from three Science Coalition universities, Columbia, NYU, and Pace, at an event at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York.

“I would like to thank Congresswoman Lowey for her leadership and ongoing support in Congress, in particular in the area of higher education research funding, she is a true Champion of Science,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “Without her voice it would be a challenge for Pace students, who represent the great middle class of American education and the aspiring heart of America, to assume leadership roles that are essential to creating jobs, stimulating the economy and keeping America competitive.”

Read the full press release here.

Newsday: Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing Awarded Scholarships through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions has been selected for the third time as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN).

News of a grant for nursing scholarships at Pace was covered by media nationwide including Newsday.

From Newsday:

Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions has been selected for the third time as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN).  The Lienhard School of Nursing received $50,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year to support students in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program who are underrepresented in the field of nursing and are pursuing second careers. Five students entering Lienhard’s accelerated degree program in January 2014 will be awarded NCIN scholarships of $10,000 each.

NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Pace University was among the first institutions to receive funding through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program in 2008; the program has already supported 20 Lienhard students. With the five additional students this year, Pace will have received a total of a quarter of a million dollars through the NCIN program.

Lienhard offered the second Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the country. Since 1984, Pace has offered this accelerated curriculum for college graduates who are not nurses to study and earn a first professional nursing degree. Students who graduate in as little as 12 months are eligible to take the licensure exam and consistently pass at 100%. The school also prides itself on preparing culturally competent leaders.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to help ensure the nursing field has a diverse population of culturally competent practitioners,” said Harriet R. Feldman, Dean of the Lienhard School of Nursing and of Pace’s College of Health Professions. “Our NCIN scholars go on to do great things – from winning Fulbright awards that enable them to work abroad, to doing research locally to improve the care of the elderly and more.”

Ted Bailly, a NCIN scholar, recently won best poster at the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) conference.  His research poster was entitled “Student Perceptions of Older Adults: Outcomes of an Aging Sensitivity Program, A Qualitative Inquiry.”  Bailly is a graduate of the BSN portion of the accelerated program and is currently a Family Nurse Practitioner student.  Bailly speaks about being a NCIN scholar here: http://www.pace.edu/lienhard/cdp-student-testimonials.

Read the full article here.

NEWS RELEASE: Pace University Staff Member Appointed Assistant Dean for Grants and Strategic Initiatives

Sophie R. Kaufman, DPS, has been appointed to the position of Assistant Dean for Grants and Strategic Initiatives at Pace University’s College of Health Professions.

Pace University Staff Member Appointed Assistant Dean for Grants and Strategic Initiatives

NEW YORK – Sophie R. Kaufman, DPS, has been appointed to the position of Assistant Dean for Grants and Strategic Initiatives at Pace University’s College of Health Professions.

Kaufman started at Pace in 2002 as Administrative Director and in 2011 was promoted to Executive Director of ALPS – Advancing Leadership, Partnerships and Scholarship, the College of Health Professions’ Center of Excellence.

During her time at Pace, Kaufman has facilitated the acquisition of millions of dollars of external grant funding, overseeing endowed student scholarships and other endowed accounts, assisting faculty to seek internal and external grant funding, coordinating the work of graduate assistants, fostering international partnerships for CHP faculty and students, and more. During the past few years she also pursued the Doctor of Professional Studies Degree at Pace/Lubin and walked at the May commencement to celebrate the culmination of this work.

Kaufman looks to continually expand opportunities for students and faculty to enhance their education and develop their scholarship by growing and diversifying funding for faculty research, student scholarships, and College of Health Professions programs. She supports innovative interprofessional and interdisciplinary initiatives, such as the $60,000 grant from the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women that was the first grant to support both nursing and physician assistant students, and the first grant specifically for female veterans and their dependents at Pace, and the $100,000 grant from Pilot Health Tech NYC for Pace’s interdisciplinary project with eCaring LLC involving nursing and computer science students serving clients at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City.

About the College of Health Professions at Pace University: The College of Health Professions was established in 2010 to showcase the breadth of health professions majors at Pace University. The College is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies Program. The College’s vision is innovative leadership in education, practice, and scholarship for the health professions, and its mission is to educate and challenge students for the health professions to be innovators and leaders who will positively impact global health care.

About ALPS: The ALPS Center of Excellence is dedicated to supporting the academic mission of the College of Health Professions through external funding, facilitation of faculty scholarship, student opportunities, partnerships, and leadership development.  The center provides opportunities for faculty to develop their scholarship in education, research and practice through a variety of partnerships at the local, national, and international levels, and access to internal and external funding.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

NEWS RELEASE: Lienhard School of Nursing Awarded Scholarships through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions has been selected for the third time as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN).

Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing Awarded Scholarships through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

 

RWJF New Careers in Nursing Program provides support to 52 schools of nursing for

second career nurses from groups underrepresented in the profession.

 

[New York, NY] – Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions has been selected for the third time as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN).  The Lienhard School of Nursing received $50,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year to support students in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program who are underrepresented in the field of nursing and are pursuing second careers. Five students entering Lienhard’s accelerated degree program in January 2014 will be awarded NCIN scholarships of $10,000 each.

NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Pace University was among the first institutions to receive funding through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program in 2008; the program has already supported 20 Lienhard students. With the five additional students this year, Pace will have received a total of a quarter of a million dollars through the NCIN program.

Lienhard offered the second Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the country. Since 1984, Pace has offered this accelerated curriculum for college graduates who are not nurses to study and earn a first professional nursing degree. Students who graduate in as little as 12 months are eligible to take the licensure exam and consistently pass at 100%. The school also prides itself on preparing culturally competent leaders.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to help ensure the nursing field has a diverse population of culturally competent practitioners,” said Harriet R. Feldman, Dean of the Lienhard School of Nursing and of Pace’s College of Health Professions. “Our NCIN scholars go on to do great things – from winning Fulbright awards that enable them to work abroad, to doing research locally to improve the care of the elderly and more.”

Ted Bailly, a NCIN scholar, recently won best poster at the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) conference.  His research poster was entitled “Student Perceptions of Older Adults: Outcomes of an Aging Sensitivity Program, A Qualitative Inquiry.”  Bailly is a graduate of the BSN portion of the accelerated program and is currently a Family Nurse Practitioner student.  Bailly speaks about being a NCIN scholar here: http://www.pace.edu/lienhard/cdp-student-testimonials.

“At this time when the nation’s need for highly educated nurses is growing, we are delighted to be able to support nursing students who will bring diverse and valuable perspectives to the field, and become capable, culturally-competent nurses,” said David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, RWJF senior program officer. “NCIN is not only helping these students succeed in school, it is helping prepare the nursing workforce to meet the challenges that lie ahead.”

Martha Greenberg, PhD, RN, is the principal investigator on the grant, and she says, “Our grant is particularly innovative and unique because of the leadership and mentoring components.  NCIN scholars will go through pre-immersion programs where they will develop skills in the following areas: test taking, time management, professional writing, medical terminology, and study skills.  They will have the opportunity to assess their learning styles, and a tailored approach can be developed to help ensure their success.”

Sharon Wexler, PhD, RN, project director, agrees.  “NCIN scholars will be paired with two mentors (one faculty and one non-faculty mentor), and they will have the opportunity to attend professional meetings and conferences with their mentors.  Former NCIN scholars will be mentors to the new group of NCIN scholars.”

In addition, NCIN scholars will write essays for the NCIN website as well as the Lienhard School of Nursing site; develop presentations on the accelerated program and the nursing experience; and present at information sessions, webinars, and at institutions with diverse student bodies.  They will also assume leadership of Student Nurses at Pace (SNAP) and will assume an evidence-based practice (EBP) research leader role in their nursing research courses.

“NCIN is strengthening nursing education and creating a culture of change at schools of nursing across the country,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Our grantee schools are committed to enrolling students traditionally underrepresented in nursing, and students are benefiting from the emphasis on mentoring and leadership development that are hallmarks of the NCIN program. AACN is proud to collaborate with RWJF on this ground-breaking effort.”

Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,117 scholarships to students at 125 schools of nursing. This year, funding for 400 scholarships was granted to 52 schools of nursing.

The 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommends increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher, and increasing the diversity of students to create a nursing workforce prepared to meet the health care demands of diverse populations across the lifespan. NCIN is helping to advance those recommendations, enabling schools to expand student capacity in higher education, and encouraging more diversity.

By bringing more nurses into the profession at the baccalaureate and master’s degree levels, the NCIN program also helps to address the nation’s nurse faculty shortage. This trend is reflected in the NCIN scholars, as 91 percent of the students receiving funding in the first three years of the program indicate a desire to advance their education to the master’s and doctoral levels.

For more information about Lienhard School of Nursing’s Accelerated BSN program, visit http://www.pace.edu/lienhard/accelerated-BSN. To learn more about the NCIN program, visit www.NewCareersInNursing.org.

 

About NCIN: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) joined with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to create New Careers in Nursing (NCIN): an RWJF Scholarship Program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through annual grants to schools of nursing, NCIN provides $10,000 scholarships to college graduates with degrees in other fields who wish to transition into nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master’s nursing program. For more information, visit www.newcareersinnursing.org.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more than 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

About AACN: The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. Representing more than 720 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN’s educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor’s and graduate degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research and practice. For more information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu.

About CHP: The College of Health Professions was established in 2010 in an effort to showcase the breadth of health professions majors at Pace University. The College is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies Program. The College’s vision is innovative leadership in education, practice, and scholarship for the health professions, and its mission is to educate and challenge students for the health professions to be innovators and leaders who will
positively impact global health care.

 

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Contact: Cara Cea, ccea@pace.edu; 914-906-9680

NEWS RELEASE: Pace University Alumnus and Adjunct Faculty Member Inducted as Fellow of American Association of Nurse Practitioners

New Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners was among the first cohort of Pace’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program and is an adjunct faculty member at Pace’s Lienhard School of Nursing.

Pace University Alumnus and Adjunct Faculty Member Inducted as Fellow of American Association of Nurse Practitioners

NEW YORK – Stephen A. Ferrara, DNP, RN, FNP, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) during the AANP annual national conference in Las Vegas in June.

Ferrara graduated from the first cohort of Pace University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. He is a clinical preceptor, is an adjunct faculty member at Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing, and is a health policy leader who has lectured at numerous conferences.

Ferrara is a practicing nurse practitioner with over 12 years of clinical experience. He is a senior clinical associate at Montefiore Medical Center’s Occupational Health Services in the Bronx, NY and the Executive Director of The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State. He has experience in college, correctional and men’s health. He received the 2012 AANP State Award for clinical excellence. Ferrara has a passion for health care technology and integrating evidence into daily practice.

The FAANP program was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education, or policy. Priority initiatives of AANP are the development of leadership and mentorship programs for nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students. Fellows of the AANP are visionaries committed to the global advancement of nursing through the development of imaginative and creative future nurse practitioner leaders, and as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care outside the confines of traditional thinking. A limited number of nurse practitioners are selected for this highly coveted distinction each year.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners is the largest, full-service national professional organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. With more than 45,000 individual members and 200 group members, AANP represents the interests of approximately 167,000 nurse practitioners around the country. AANP continually advocates for the active role of nurse practitioners as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, personalized, patient-centered health care.

About the College of Health Professions at Pace University: The College of Health Professions was established in 2010 to showcase the breadth of health professions majors at Pace University. The College is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies Program. The College’s vision is innovative leadership in education, practice, and scholarship for the health professions, and its mission is to educate and challenge students for the health professions to be innovators and leaders who will positively impact global health care.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Nursing Spectrum: Local nursing schools at forefront of teaching, recruiting diversity

Nursing Professor Martha Greenberg was interviewed for a story in Nursing Spectrum on preparing future nurses in cultural competency.

Nursing Professor Martha Greenberg was interviewed for a story in Nursing Spectrum (Nurse.com) on preparing future nurses in cultural competency.

From Nurse.com:

“…Cultural competency has been a part of nursing curricula for years. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing updated its framework to facilitate the attainment of cultural competence in baccalaureate nursing in 2008. But the importance of understanding cultures seems to be more pronounced today as the country’s minority populations grow along with gaps in healthcare quality.

“It [has been] long known that culture is a determinant of access to healthcare, specific treatment modalities and healthcare decisions,” said Martha J. Greenberg, RN, PhD, associate professor and chairwoman of undergraduate nursing at Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing, Pleasantville, N.Y. “Treatment and treatment responses to disease, morbidity and mortality are linked to memberships in cultural groups. Differences in positive health outcomes are disproportionately low in racial and ethnic minorities, and these differences lead to disparities in healthcare.”

As a result, schools including Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., are updating undergraduate nursing curriculums to include more emphasis on cultural understanding, said Patrick Coonan, RN, EdD, FACHE, dean of nursing at Adelphi.

Pace offers two undergraduate courses on cultural competence. One, a nursing elective for four-year students, focuses on the major ethnic and cultural groups, as well as dominant American beliefs as they pertain to nursing and healthcare. Cultural Mindfulness, a required RN/BS course, focuses on the impact of culture and diversity in the delivery of nursing and healthcare to individuals, families, groups and the community, Greenberg said.”

Local nursing schools at forefront of teaching, recruiting diversity | New York Nursing News.

Yahoo! News: Harriet R. Feldman assumes the role of dean of Pace University’s College of Health Professions and Lienhard School of Nursing

The announcement on Harriet Feldman assuming the role of dean of the College of Health Professions appeared on health related web sites across the country as well as on Yahoo! News and the Albany Times-Union.

The announcement on Harriet Feldman assuming the role of dean of the College of Health Professions appeared on health related web sites across the country as well as on Yahoo! News and the Albany Times-Union.

Harriet R. Feldman assumes the role of dean of Pace University’s College of Health Professions and Lienhard School of Nursing – Yahoo! News.

 

NEWS RELEASE: Harriet R. Feldman to assume the role of dean of Pace University’s College of Health Professions

Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, has assumed the role of dean and tenured professor of Pace University’s College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing.

Harriet R. Feldman to assume the role of dean of Pace University’s College of Health Professions and Lienhard School of Nursing

NEW YORK, Feb. 14 – Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, has assumed the role of dean and tenured professor of Pace University’s College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing. Gerrie Colombraro, PhD, RN, after serving as interim dean of the College of Health Professions for two years, has returned to her position as Associate Dean for Administration.

Dr. Feldman, who has just returned from sabbatical after serving for two years as Pace’s interim provost, has been dean of Pace’s Lienhard School of Nursing since 1993 and also served concurrently as interim dean of Pace’s School of Education from 2006 through 2010.

“Dr.Feldman is a true university citizen,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “I am deeply grateful that she answered the call to serve as Pace’s interim provost and I am delighted that she will now resume her leadership as dean of the College of Health Professions.”

“I was privileged to serve the University as Interim Provost and am delighted to be back once again to lead the College of Health Professions as we pursue an exciting future with new programs to help educate the next generation of health care workers,” Dr. Feldman said.

Dr. Feldman has testified before Congress and presented at conferences worldwide. For legislative work in addressing the nursing and nursing faculty shortage, she received the “Grassroots Star” award from the Association of American Colleges of Nursing. Dr. Feldman has written or edited more than 100 books, scholarly articles and editorials. Four of her books have earned “book of the year” awards from national nursing organizations. She is past editor of the journals “Nursing Leadership Forum” andScholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice.”

Dr. Feldman was principal author of a $1.3 million Helene Fuld Health Trust grant for career-changing nursing students in partnership with Health and Hospitals Corporation, and a $500,000 Helene Fuld Health Trust scholarship endowment. Also under her direction, Pace led a consortium of institutions that won a $1.03 million U.S. Labor Department grant funding health care facilities in exchange for Master’s-prepared nurses to teach, enabling more nursing students to enroll.  Lienhard was among the first institutions to receive funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) through the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program to increase enrollment in Lienhard’s Combined Degree Program.

Dr. Feldman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and of the New York Academy of Medicine. Professional memberships include the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (Board Member: 2003 to 2010); NY/NJ Nursing Spectrum Advisory Board (Board Member since 2002); Greater New York Organization of Nurse Executives; and the Eastern Nursing Research Society.

She earned her BS and MS degrees in nursing from Adelphi and a PhD in nursing science from New York University.  She also completed two management development programs at Harvard University. She lives in Bellmore, NY.

Dr. Colombraro is happy to be back in her former role; she says, “It was an honor to serve as Interim Dean of the College and the nursing program, but I am very happy to be back ‘home’ in my role as Associate Dean.”

About Pace University: For more than 100 years, Pace University has been preparing students to become leaders in their fields. A private university, Pace provides an education that combines exceptional academics with professional experience and the New York advantage. Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and enrolls almost 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

About the College of Health Professions: The College of Health Professions was established in 2010 to showcase the breadth of health professions majors at Pace University. The College is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies Program.

Media Contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

The Journal News: Nursing Tribute

Harriet R. Feldman, dean of the College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing was quoted in the lead story by Jane Lerner on the front page of The Journal News on December 14, 2012 – “Nursing Tribute: Book shines light on a changing and rewarding profession.”

Harriet R. Feldman, dean of the College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing was quoted in the lead story by Jane Lerner on the front page of The Journal News on December 14, 2012 – “Nursing Tribute: Book shines light on a changing and rewarding profession.” The article is about a coffee table tribute book about American nurses.

From the article:

“The book is helpful to nurses and to those who are cared for by nurses,” said Harriet Feldman, dean and professor of the College of Health Professions and Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University in Pleasantville.

“Many people don’t really understand what the life of a nurse is like, the experiences we have every day” Feldman said. “What you see on television is not it.”

Click here to read the article on the Journal News web site.

Westchester County Business Journal: Pace dean mentors nurses of tomorrow

Harriet Feldman,dean of the College of Health Professions, was featured as a “dean of distinction” by the Westchester County Business Journal. (Left: Dean Feldman with nursing students).

Harriet Feldman got into nursing because a dislike of public speaking dissuaded her from teaching. Now she regularly gives lectures to hundreds and thousands of people.

Feldman is the dean of the College of Health Professions at Pace University, running the Lienhard School of Nursing. In her 47-year career, she has been both a nurse and educator, helping to train the nurses and physician assistants of tomorrow.

As dean, Feldman, who joined Pace in 1993, oversees a student body of almost 1,000 people covering two campuses. One of the issues impacting nursing schools across the country is the shortage of faculty, as many find it more lucrative to work in nursing rather than teaching.

Pace has launched an alumni program called Grow Our Own, allowing Pace graduates who want to pursue their doctorate to become tenure-track faculty with the support of Pace.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity,” Feldman said. “The three people we have so far are fabulous. They are a real asset.”

Feldman said part of the decline in faculty is due to a nursing shortage that occurred between 2002 and 2006, as admissions dropped. She said that hospital mergers and other factors led to fewer nursing jobs available, and people decided nursing was not worth pursuing.

But in recent years, nursing has become more popular and interest in becoming a physician assistant has exploded.

“It’s a much more secure vocation,” Feldman said. “There’s more guaranteed work.”

The physician assistant program has exploded to the point that for every 10 qualified applicants, one is accepted. Pace has recently gotten permission to expand its program.

After 9/11, and with two wars being fought, Feldman said that more people have looked into the service industry. Many of her students have turned to nursing as their second career.

“They would like to be involved in a different life,” Feldman said. “They want to become caregivers. We’ve had musicians, ballet dancers. It’s a whole different varied group of people making this transition.”

Men have also slowly started going into nursing, as the stigma of male nurses eases over time. Despite that, Feldman said there are still hurdles to overcome.

She mentioned a survey of guidance counselors in New Jersey to assess whether they encouraged men to go into nursing. Men with interests applicable to nursing were steered toward being a doctor or physician assistant, but never nursing.

“People need to be educated more,” Feldman said. “Men see it as a chance to get into management and see it as a chance to continue their education.”

Besides serving as dean, Feldman also served as interim provost and spent four years as dean of education. In 1984, she earned a doctorate from NYU in research and theory development in nursing science, and holds a master’s degree from Adelphi University.

As dean, Feldman, who is currently on sabbatical, has complete oversight of the entire school, ranging from the budget to the curriculum.

“Everything I touch, I have ownership of,” Feldman said. “I have a wonderful staff.”

Feldman is looking at new and innovative programs at Pace that could be offered to students starting in the fall of 2014. While she declined to divulge specifics, she said Pace is looking at programs to offer students who after a semester of nursing may decide they don’t want to be a nurse but want to continue to pursue a career in health care.

“Right now they don’t have a lot of options,” Feldman said. “We want to give them that shift and bring in a different group of students.”

Throughout her career, Feldman has taken advantage of opportunities to continue to pursue higher education and take on more roles at Pace, even if it required being dean of two programs at once.

“I thought I was just going to be a bedside nurse forever,” Feldman said. “I went into administration and I loved it. I wanted to get more education and take care of a larger group of people. It’s a way to give back in different directions. It never happened by design.”

One of the skills Feldman said is needed to be a successful dean is to be able to hire talented people to help spearhead your vision.

“You have to trust the people to do their job so that you can do your job,” Feldman said. “Everyone I have hired has proven to be very dedicated. I don’t second guess or micromanage people. That detracts from what I am trying to do.”

Being passionate about what you do is another component in being a successful leader. Feldman is known at Pace for her energy and enthusiasm toward the program, and for always being quick to make a decision or reply to an email.

“I have loved every job I have ever had,” Feldman said. “I would not have traded any opportunity. It’s been so fulfilling. People ask me about retiring, but I am having too much fun. I like going to work.”

 

Pace dean mentors nurses of tomorrow | Westfair Communications.