PLEASANTVILLE, NY, July 21, 2010 –Philip A. Greiner, DNSc, RN, has been named Associate Dean for Faculty Development in Scholarship and Teaching at Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing, starting this month. Greiner’s areas of expertise include electronic health records use with simulation, public health nursing and aging.
Greiner is expected to intensify Lienhard’s initiatives in preparing nurses for a field that is more driven by scholarship than ever before and in addressing President Obama’s call for computerization of the nation’s health care records within four years.
Greiner currently is Secretary of the Connecticut Public Health Association and a Board member for Southwest Community Health Center in Bridgeport, CT. At the Fairfield University School of Nursing, he served most recently as Associate Dean for Public Health and Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Associate Professor, and Director of the Health Promotion Center, a nurse-managed wellness center. Before that, he directed the school’s undergraduate program and was an assistant professor.
According to Lienhard School of Nursing Dean and Professor Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, “With nursing education evolving to prepare nurses for the needs of a changing and aging population and requiring a greater emphasis on research and other forms of scholarship, Dr. Greiner’s administrative experience, educational background and research focus will add extra depth and dimension to Lienhard’s offerings.” Feldman edited one of the first books on teaching evidence-based practice, an area in which Lienhard specializes.
Technology and nursing
Changes in how nurses are taught have been necessary to keep pace with evolving population demographics and developments like the nursing informatics technology boom, according to a recent Nursing Spectrum article that quotes Lienhard faculty members Rona F. Levin, RN, PhD and Martha J. Greenberg, RN, PhD.
Greiner said: “With nursing more focused on using the latest technology and applying scientific results, my goal is to help build on Lienhard’s strengths in these areas and expand opportunities for faculty members to grow in their scholarship and teaching roles.”
Lienhard created his position as part of an enhanced commitment to teaching and learning with research and scholarship. Attracted to Pace’s 44 year record of preparing nurses to meet the needs of diverse and aging populations, Greiner sees areas of opportunity in expanding on existing faculty research in gerontology, cardiology, smoking cessation and nursing informatics.
Homeless health care
Greiner’s career in public health began when he graduated from a 5-year cooperative program in nursing at Albright College and The Reading Hospital School of Nursing in Reading, PA. He earned a BSN and MSN in Community Health Nursing, and a DNSc at the University of Pennsylvania. Greiner completed two post-doctoral studies at the University of Kentucky, the first in homeless health care through the College of Nursing and the second in epidemiology and aging through the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. He also completed the John A. Hartford Foundation/NYU Hartford Institute Gerontological Research Scholar program at New York University and the International Center for Health Leadership Development Fellows program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Greiner is a past-chair of the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Nursing Section and more recently served on the American Nurses Association’s Task Force on the Scope and Standards for Public Health Nursing Practice. He previously held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Greiner is a Fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the national voice for nursing education programs. Dr. Greiner is participating in the 2010American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Leadership for Academic Nursing program. He is also on the AACN faculty development subcommittee, and as of November, he will be chair of the AACN organizational leadership network. AACN is the national voice for baccalaureate and higher degree programs in nursing education.
About The Lienhard School of Nursing: In response to the nationwide shortage of nurses, the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University increased its enrollment in 2009-2010 by about 70 students, the fourth year with such an increase. In recent years it has won over $5 million in federal and private grants. Lienhard’s Family Nurse Practitioner program is ranked ninth nationally in the U.S. News & World Report survey of America’s Best Graduate Schools; last year the school added a doctoral program. Harriet R. Feldman, Ph.D., the dean, is a nurse who has emerged 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 nursing education and practice. With a Ph.D. in nursing science from New York University, she has published more than 90 books, chapters and articles and testified before Congress. In the national discussion of health care reform, she is a strong advocate of using nurse practitioners to meet the increasing need for expanding primary care delivery to focus on health promotion and maintenance and the management of chronic illness.
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, 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