Collaborative Nursing Informatics: Nursing and Computer-Information Systems Meet at Pace University, Spring 2001

Pace University is introducing a Nursing Informatics Masters Program that combines the primary health care expertise of the Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) with the technological expertise of the School of Computer Sciences and Information Systems (CSIS). According to LSN Dean Harriet R. Feldman, “This innovative program is unique in combining the expertise of two disciplines to better address the health management needs of individuals and groups through the effective use of data.”

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NEW YORK — Pace University is introducing a Nursing Informatics Masters Program that combines the primary health care expertise of the Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) with the technological expertise of the School of Computer Sciences and Information Systems (CSIS). According to LSN Dean Harriet R. Feldman, “This innovative program is unique in combining the expertise of two disciplines to better address the health management needs of individuals and groups through the effective use of data.”

The collaborative Nursing Informatics program is designed to provide RNs, who have their bachelors’ degrees, with a curriculum that facilitates the learning and application of Nursing Informatics concepts. Nursing Informatics integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science for the purposes of identifying, collecting, processing, and managing data and information to support nursing practice, administration, education and research.

“The Nursing Informatics program grew out of a needs assessment survey, in which prospective graduate students expressed a strong desire for furthering their education in the field of informatics but focused on nursing,” said Karen Anderson Keith, chairperson of the department of graduate studies at the LSN.

The 36-credit masters program will combine graduate nursing core courses in primary health care at Lienhard with information systems core courses at CSIS, as well as two new Nursing Informatics courses. Nurses participating in the program will gain field experience while training in a variety of community-based systems, including acute care, home-care and public health agencies. A 24 credit Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Nursing Informatics is also available.

For more information please email nursing@pace.edu or call (914) 773-3552.

The Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University offers a number of degree programs including the baccalaureate completion program for RNs; an accelerated RN/BS/MS program for RN’s; combined degree BSN/MS program for non-nursing college graduates; the 4-year BS program; master’s programs in case management, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric nurse practitioner; nursing informatics; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study option in each specialty. The LSN also has three centers: The Center for Nursing Research, Clinical Practice and International Affairs, the Center for Continuing Education in Nursing and Health Care, and the Learning Resource Center.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

Sandra B. Lewenson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the Lienhard School of Nursing, Named American Academy of Nursing Fellow

Sandra B. Lewenson, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University, was formally inducted into the American Academy of Nursing on Saturday, November 4, 2000 during the Academy’s 27th annual meeting and conference in San Diego, California.

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PLEASANTVILLE, NY – Sandra B. Lewenson, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University, was formally inducted into the American Academy of Nursing on Saturday, November 4, 2000 during the Academy’s 27th annual meeting and conference in San Diego, California.

Lewenson was nominated for her outstanding contributions to nursing and her exceptional nursing leadership. She is the author of several books, articles and videos about nursing’s political involvement and activism. Lewenson’s research has focused on nursing’s involvement in the women’s suffrage movement at the beginning of the century and has provided the basis for her work on exploring how nursing is valued in society. Lewenson is noted for coining the term: “nursism,” which she defines as the prejudice toward the caring role.

In 1995, her book, Taking Charge: Nursing, Suffrage, and Feminism 1873-1920, won the prestigious American Association for the History of Nursing Lavinia Dock Award for Historical Scholarship and Research in Nursing. She co-authored her most current book, Nurses in the Political Arena – The Public Face of Nursing, with Dean Harriet R. Feldman, also of the Lienhard School of Nursing.

Prior to her appointment at the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University, she served as the Director of Accreditation at the National League for Nursing. Lewenson received her EdD and MEd degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University and her MS degree from Mercy College and her BS from Hunter College – Bellevue School of Nursing.

The American Academy of Nursing was established in 1973 to provide visionary leadership to the nursing profession and the public shaping future health care policy and practice that optimized the well being of the American people through the synthesis of scientific and philosophical knowledge as the basis for effective health care policy and practice.

The Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University offers a number of degree programs including the 4-year BS program; the baccalaureate completion program for RNs; an accelerated RN/BS/MS for RN’s; combined degree BSN/MS program for non-nursing college graduates; master’s programs in case management, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric nurse practitioner, and nursing informatics; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study option in each specialty. The LSN also has three centers: The Center for Nursing Research, Clinical Practice and International Affairs, the Center for Continuing Education in Nursing and Health Care, and the Learning Resource Center, that enrich the educational experience and support student learning.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Sciences and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards Lienhard School of Nursing $655,172 to Support RN/BS Program

As the role of nursing evolves in today’s health care environment, there is an ever growing national need for registered nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level who are able to think critically, communicate effectively, problem-solve creatively and manage others. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) $655,172 to expand the baccalaureate completion program for registered nurses (RN/BS).

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NEW YORK – As the role of nursing evolves in today’s health care environment, there is an ever growing national need for registered nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level who are able to think critically, communicate effectively, problem-solve creatively and manage others. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) $655,172 to expand the baccalaureate completion program for registered nurses (RN/BS).

“Today we are facing two nursing shortages,” said David Ekstrom, assistant professor at Lienhard, and program director for the grant, “one is an overall shortage of available nurses and the other, as things evolve, those nurses who are prepared at baccalaureate level, nurses who can function in more complex situations.”

The LSN RN/BS Program offers advanced training to prepare RNs to deal with new technology and radical changes in the health care system with a focus on health assessment, critical thinking, community health, care management, and communication. The RN/BS program builds upon a core of liberal arts and sciences and the students’ previous educational and clinical background.

“Many hospitals and health care agencies are requiring that nurses go back to school to keep their jobs, and promotions are also tied to educational advancement,” said Susan Gordon, Lienhard professor and project director. “The grant supports the development of the RN to BS program in such a way as to facilitate earning the degree as well as incorporating in the degree current health care approaches.”

The LSN RN/BS Program recognizes the needs of a group of professionals that may have been out of school and working for a long time, by providing a way to meet degree requirements through an individualized approach. Unique features of the program include alternative scheduling such as one full day of courses and/or evening classes, career portfolio development and a 9-12 credit clinical experience and concentration in the RN’s area of interest. Distance learning courses are also being planned.

For more information on the RN/BS program contact the Lienhard School of Nursing via email at nursing@pace.edu or call (914) 773-3552.

The Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University offers a number of degree programs including the 4-year BS program; the baccalaureate completion program for RNs; an accelerated RN/BS/MS for RNs; combined degree BSN/MS program for non-nursing college graduates; master’s programs in case management, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric nurse practitioner, and nursing informatics; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study option in each specialty. The LSN also has three centers: The Center for Nursing Research, Clinical Practice and International Affairs, the Center for Continuing Education in Nursing and Health Care, and the Learning Resource Center, that enrich the educational experience and support student learning.

Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing Receives $150,000 Gift

Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing was recently
awarded a $150,000 gift from the Hugoton Foundation to continue support for
the Joan M. Stout, RN Visiting Scholar in Primary Care Research project. The
money will be used to support Lienhard faculty’s clinical research with the
guidance of scholars who are experts in primary care research. A previous
Hugoton visiting scholar grant has supported faculty scholarship and been
instrumental in moving the Lienhard School of Nursing to a much stronger
position to launch its own planned doctoral program.

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PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.-Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing was recently
awarded a $150,000 gift from the Hugoton Foundation to continue support for
the Joan M. Stout, RN Visiting Scholar in Primary Care Research project. The
money will be used to support Lienhard faculty’s clinical research with the
guidance of scholars who are experts in primary care research. A previous
Hugoton visiting scholar grant has supported faculty scholarship and been
instrumental in moving the Lienhard School of Nursing to a much stronger
position to launch its own planned doctoral program.

The visiting scholar program enables several primary care nursing experts
to visit the Lienhard School of Nursing, carry out research, work with
faculty, deliver guest lectures, and conduct seminars. The visiting
scholars provide insight into the research process by conducting lectures
on their own research programs and on specific research methods and assist
Lienhard faculty in their research through individual consultation on
research methods, grant preparation, and dissemination.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York
City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in
undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson
College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer
Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law,
Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing Receives $51,300 Gift

Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing was just
awarded a one-year grant in the amount of $51,300 by the Trustees of the
Helene Fuld Health Trust, HSBC Bank USA for the period beginning December
1, 1999 and ending December 1, 2001. This grant will provide scholarships
to at least 10 nurses enrolled in the BS program so that they may complete
the degree during the 2-year grant period.

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.-Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing was just
awarded a one-year grant in the amount of $51,300 by the Trustees of the
Helene Fuld Health Trust, HSBC Bank USA for the period beginning December
1, 1999 and ending December 1, 2001. This grant will provide scholarships
to at least 10 nurses enrolled in the BS program so that they may complete
the degree during the 2-year grant period.

Approximately 600 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs
in the Lienhard School of Nursing. Undergraduate programs consist of a 4-year
baccalaureate program, a baccalaureate-completion program for registered nurses
(RN/BS), a combined degree program (CDP) for non-nurse college graduates and an
accelerated BS/MS program for registered nurses. The Graduate offerings include
MS/Family or MS/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner programs, and Case Management.
Planned programs include nursing informatics and women’s health nurse practitioner.
All master’s program specialties have the option of a Certificate of Advanced Graduate
Studies (CAGS).

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and
Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and
professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of
Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School
of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

Lillie Shortridge-Baggett Receives Nursing Education Alumni Association’s 1999 Nursing Scholarship and Research Achievement Award

Dr. Lillie Shortridge-Baggett received the prestigious Nursing Education Alumni Association’s 1999 Nursing Scholarship and Research Achievement Award. Shortridge-Baggett is a professor of nursing and executive director of the Center for Nursing Research, Clinical Practice and International Affairs at Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing, where she conducts
research, leads the model Health Care Unit and mentors other nurse researchers
throughout the world. Shortridge-Baggett has been a member and officer of numerous professional organizations and commissions and holds joint appointments at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, and at Pace University, Lienhard School of Nursing.

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PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Dr. Lillie Shortridge-Baggett received the prestigious
Nursing Education Alumni Association’s 1999 Nursing Scholarship and Research
Achievement Award. Shortridge-Baggett is a professor of nursing and executive
director of the Center for Nursing Research, Clinical Practice and International
Affairs at Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing, where she conducts
research, leads the model Health Care Unit and mentors other nurse researchers
throughout the world. Shortridge-Baggett has been a member and officer of
numerous professional organizations and commissions and holds joint
appointments at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, the Queensland
University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, and at Pace University, Lienhard
School of Nursing.

The NEAA Award recognizes Shortridge-Baggett’s excellent work and leadership in
the field of nursing research. Over time, Shortridge-Baggett has received several
million dollars of funding for different research projects. Her body of research
addresses behavioral change and health promotion.

Shortridge-Baggett has presented her work at national and international nursing
conferences and has published numerous articles in scholarly journals. She was a
member of the planning committee for the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing
Research Congress, July 1998, president of the North American Consortium for
Nursing and Allied Health and is a member of the Global Institute for Nursing and
Health. Shortridge-Baggett states, “Being involved in research internationally
is both challenging and rewarding. I am most fortunate to have had opportunities
that have lead to this award.”

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and
Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate
and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin
School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of
Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

Lienhard School of Nursing Launches New Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program

Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing adds to its curriculum a newly accredited Psychiatric Nurse
Practitioner concentration for registered nurses with a B.S. in nursing. Included in the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner concentration is psychiatric assessment and nursing evaluation skills including advanced health evaluation and counseling techniques and medication prescription skills. The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner concentration includes classroom instruction and faculty-supervised clinical practice and requires completion of 42 credit hours.

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PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing
adds to its curriculum a newly accredited Psychiatric Nurse
Practitioner concentration for registered nurses with a B.S. in
nursing. Included in the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
concentration is psychiatric assessment and nursing evaluation
skills including advanced health evaluation and counseling
techniques and medication prescription skills. The Psychiatric
Nurse Practitioner concentration includes classroom instruction
and faculty-supervised clinical practice and requires completion
of 42 credit hours.

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner clinical concentration
prepares nurses to meet the mental health needs of individuals,
families and groups. Ellen Rich, chair of the Nurse Practitioner
programs, says, “The role of the Nurse Practitioner has been
recognized as providing high quality, comprehensive care and
there are many more specialty areas that need this role. A
larger percentage of patients seen in primary care practices
have an overlay of psychiatric problems.”

“There is an extreme need within medical institutions,
especially HMO’s, for psychiatric nurse practitioners because
they can prescribe medication,” Rich said. Due to current
limitations on mental health visits imposed by managed care
organizations, providers must offer more short-term, effective
therapeutic options, which often include medications. The
psychiatric nurse practitioner is prepared to use both
pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic methods to help their
clients. Sandy Lewenson, associate dean of the Department
of Graduate Studies at Lienhard, states, “Nursing has always
responded to social needs and right now there is a specific
need for psychiatric nurse practitioners.”

Lienhard’s Nurse Practitioner program also includes a
Family Nurse Practitioner track. Pace is a comprehensive,
independent University with campuses in New York City and
Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in
undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in
the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of
Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems,
School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of
Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

Nursing Students Learn in the Classroom of the Lower East Side:Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing Participates at Henry Street Settlement

What do nurses do? With profound changes in the nursing profession, nurses probably do a lot more than you realize – and they’re doing it in non-traditional settings. On Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing students partake in community outreach and public health nursing at the Henry Street Settlement – one of the first nurses’ settlement houses in the United States. In 1998, Lienhard nursing students take one of their required “community nursing” classes and literally follow in the footsteps of Henry Street’s founder, Lillian Wald, who originated the concept of “visiting nurses” way back in 1893.
Pace University is the only university in New York to fully participate
in a program such as Henry Street.

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NEW YORK – What do nurses do? With profound changes in the nursing profession,
nurses probably do a lot more than you realize – and they’re doing it in
non-traditional settings. On Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Pace University
Lienhard School of Nursing students partake in community outreach and
public health nursing at the Henry Street Settlement – one of the first
nurses’ settlement houses in the United States. In 1998, Lienhard
nursing students take one of their required “community nursing” classes
and literally follow in the footsteps of Henry Street’s founder, Lillian
Wald, who originated the concept of “visiting nurses” way back in 1893.
Pace University is the only university in New York to fully participate
in a program such as Henry Street.

This unique Lienhard program allows students to conduct their clinical
fieldwork in a homeless women’s shelter, a daycare center, a shelter
for battered women with children, a home care program, after-school
youth programs and various senior citizen programs. Lienhard students
provide physical assessments and counseling; lead aerobics classes;
and administer blood pressure checks-while they earn credit and learn
how to develop their nursing skills in a community setting – not just
in hospitals or clinics. In addition, nursing students provide
information about how to prevent AIDS, treat common illnesses, obtain
immunizations, and inform people about access to TB testing.

Rhonda Lambert, an undergraduate nursing student who works at the
Henry Street homeless women’s shelter, states, “This experience has
shown me another side of nursing. It has made me ask, what can I
do for someone who doesn’t have resources? I have seen another
side of nursing – outside of the hospital.”

Lienhard professors impart knowledge and experience to the
Settlement’s staff and clients, while supervising the nursing
students. Karen Anderson Keith, Family Nurse Practitioner and
Lienhard nursing professor who practices at Henry Street, states,
“Clinical practice at the Henry Street Settlement offers nursing
students unparalleled experience in primary health care.
Students learn to use creative approaches to problem solving,
experience the vibrancy of working with patients from many
cultures and understand more about the self-sufficiency and
professionalism necessary for nurses today.”

Lienhard School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on
Collegiate Nursing Education. Pace is a comprehensive,
independent University with campuses in New York City and
Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in
undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in
the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of
Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems,
School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing
and the World Trade Institute.

Top Ten Stressors for Older Americans Identified by Pace University Researchers

“Slowing down,” or simply feeling that you can no longer do things you used to do, is the number one most
reported stressor affecting the elderly. “Concern for world conditions” is the second most reported stress agent, and represents global concerns such as escalating terrorism and crime. Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing professors, Dr. Susan Gordon and Shirlee Stokes, studied healthy adults over the age of 65 who lived in non-hospital, community settings to determine what “stressed them out.”

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PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – “Slowing down,” or simply feeling that you
can no longer do things you used to do, is the number one most
reported stressor affecting the elderly. “Concern for world
conditions” is the second most reported stress agent, and
represents global concerns such as escalating terrorism
and crime. Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing
professors, Dr. Susan Gordon and Shirlee Stokes, studied
healthy adults over the age of 65 who lived in non-hospital,
community settings to determine what “stressed them out.”

The ten most common stressors experienced by the elderly,
according to the survey are:
1) Slowing Down
2) Concern for World Conditions
3) Decreasing Number of Friends or Losing Longtime Friends
4) Time with Children or Grandchildren Too Short
5) Change in Sleep Habits
6) Feeling of Remaining Time Too Short
7) Thinking About Own Death
8) Decreasing Mental Abilities (i.e., forgetting, difficulty
with decision-making, planning, etc.)
9) Being Away from Home Overnight or Longer (i.e., vacations,
visits, etc.)
10) Constant or Recurring Pain or Discomfort

Stokes states, “There is evidence that individuals with high stress levels
experience more illness and nursing prevention can be directed to reducting
stress or eliminating it to improve the overall health of the elderly.”
By identifying the causes of stress in the elderly, nurses can help reduce
them through both traditional means, including planning for activities of
daily living and talking, and also employ new alternative means such as
relaxation techniques and therapeutic touch.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York
City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in
undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson
College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer
Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law,
Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

Lienhard Professor Receives New York State Nurses Association’s 1998 Nursing Service Administration Award

Toni G. Cesta, Ph.D., RN, has received the prestigious 1998
New York State Nurses Association Nursing Service Administration
Award given to those individuals who have made an outstanding
contribution to nursing service administration. Cesta is director
of the case management programs and adjunct professor of nursing at
Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing. She also is director
of case management at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in
New York City and health care consultant to organizations implementing
case management. She has designed, implemented and evaluated case
management delivery models in four New York City medical centers.
Cesta is the author of two American Journal of Nursing award-winning
textbooks on case management.

NEW YORK -Toni G. Cesta, Ph.D., RN, has received the prestigious 1998
New York State Nurses Association Nursing Service Administration
Award given to those individuals who have made an outstanding
contribution to nursing service administration. Cesta is director
of the case management programs and adjunct professor of nursing at
Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing. She also is director
of case management at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in
New York City and health care consultant to organizations implementing
case management. She has designed, implemented and evaluated case
management delivery models in four New York City medical centers.
Cesta is the author of two American Journal of Nursing award-winning
textbooks on case management.

Cesta’s clinical experience is vast and includes the examination of
innovative educational and practice models to ensure greater autonomy
for nursing in health care delivery and to improve quality of care.
She supports and encourages education to enhance nurses’ skill in
negotiation and advocacy, resource management, clinical competence
and leadership.

Cesta has presented her work at national and international nursing
conferences and has published numerous articles in scholarly
journals. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Delta Pi,
and the New York State Nurses Association. Cesta states, “On the
brink of the new millenium, nurses are in a unique position to
foster care delivery models that are wellness-focused and health
promoting. Case managers in particular will play a key role in
designing, implementing and evaluating these future systems.”

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in
New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are
enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs
in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business,
School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of
Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World
Trade Institute.