Alumni notes Spring 2012

Catherine C. Luria, MS, ARNP -- Graduate School of Nursing 1968, says, “I am currently serving on the Board of Directors of ARNP United of WA State - the state wide organization representing all NP in all specialties - focus is mainly on legislative issues.  Also I serve on the Board of Directors of Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses and represent AAPPN on the board of ARNP United. I continue in private practice - we have just started our 33rd year in private practice and I have been practicing as NP for the past 42 years. While I am a family nurse practitioner, I am predominantly doing psychiatric work, mostly by referral from therapists.”

Maryann Collins (1986) was featured in a recent article for being named a national HIV Hero for her work with the HIV community. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges that included Grammy Award-winning singer Dionne Warwick, actor Wilson Cruz, movie director Dustin Lance Black, humanitarian and author Malaak Compton-Rock and HIV advocacy leader David Munar.

Susan McDonald, PhD, CPNP, RN (1987) says, "I successfully defended my dissertation 'The Lived Experiences of Mexican-Heritage Mothers Caring for Overweight Preschool Children' at the University of Texas at Tyler on April 4, 2012.  I had received my masters in nursing at Pace in 1987."

P. Kay Kermani, NPP, BC, says, “An update since graduating from the Pleasantville Psychiatric NP program in 2005:  I work doing psychiatric evaluations and treating outpatients at Spectrum Behavioral Health in Poughkeepsie and Fishkill.   A large number of my patients are college students from Vassar College, Marist College, SUNY New Paltz, and other local colleges, many direct referrals from college psychological services.  Immediately after graduation from the NP program, I worked at the psychiatric ER at St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, evaluating and treating patients. The Psychiatric NP program and the 31 years I had worked as a psychiatric RN were good preparation.”     

Monica Furman, RPA-C (BS class of 2008, completion MS class of 2011) has won first place in the PAragon publishing awards for her article (published with Professor Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C) “Evaluating the patient with vertigo: A complex complaint made simple” in JAAPA.  The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) recognizes the nation's top PAs with their highest honor, the PAragon Awards. These awards confer special recognition on PAs who have distinguished themselves through their unparalleled service to patients, their communities, the profession and the Academy.  The Awards honor exemplary PA service in six categories: Outstanding PA of the Year, Humanitarian PA of the Year, Federal Service PA of the Year, PA Service to the Underserved Award, Physician-PA Partnership Award and the PAragon Publishing Awards.  The PAragon Publishing Awards honor three PAs who authored outstanding articles that were published in peer-reviewed journals in 2011. The winners will be formally honored during the IMPACT 2012 AAPA Conference in Toronto and three-minute videos of each winner will be available on the AAPA conference webpage after the opening general session.  Currently Monica is working at NYU Medical Center.

Stephen Ferrara, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ('11) was recently elected President of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State. Ferrara’s three-year term began in January 2012. He previously held the elected position of Treasurer from 2009-2011.

Robert E. Burke, DNP, RN ('11) recently published “Group Visits Hold Great Potential For Improving Diabetes Care And Outcomes, But Best Practices Must Be Developed” in Health Affairs.

Renee McLeod-Sordjan, DNP, RN, ('11) recently published “Assessing Functional Health Literacy Among Hispanic Elders With Chronic Disease” in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners