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Patient Care 2.0
Meet Harvey. He’s revolutionizing the way we learn and teach, and playing a critical role in reducing health care errors. And did we mention he’s a virtual patient? Lienhard is on the cutting edge of technology, recently welcoming a new addition to the family: “Harvey,” a cardiopulmonary patient simulator.
An $87,500 grant from the Hugoton Foundation has enabled Lienhard School of Nursing to purchase “Harvey,” a cardiopulmonary patient simulator, for its New York City campus.
“Harvey allows us to provide simulated learning experiences in cardiac skills for our advanced practice and entry-level nursing students,” says Dean and Professor Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Our students will get evidence-based learning experiences that are deeply meaningful while at the same time realistic and safe.”
Professor Joanne Singleton, PhD, will work with aspiring family nurse practitioners to help them hone their skills on Harvey. She said, “Harvey is truly a lifesaver; he will help the nurses of tomorrow learn skills that will prevent health care errors that compromise patient safety. Mistakes can be made safely on Harvey that will help students learn without any negative outcomes on real people. Students who work with Harvey will be less likely to make health care errors when it counts–in a real life situation.” Harvey can be programmed to have a variety of conditions that students diagnose and treat. 
Dean Feldman notes that technology is transforming the field of nursing education. Harvey will be in good company at Lienhard, which has several other patient simulators, along with a variety of equipment commonly found in an ICU or ER: patient monitors, respirators, 12-lead EKG machines, IV pumps, and crash carts and defibrillators.

Spotlight on…

Leader of the Pack
Michele Quirolo, MSN, RN, CHCE, ‘87 is the president and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Hudson Valley. She’s helping to shape home care health policy, and she’s a proud Pace alumna who credits Lienhard for preparing her for her current leadership position.
Quirolo has been intimately involved in the health care reform effort as it relates to home care. The health policy class she took at Pace was critical to the work she does now as the chairperson of the board for the National Association of Home Care and Hospice.
“I’m honored to do it,” says Quirolo. “It’s great to have a seat at the table, and I always make sure people know I’m a nurse.” 
In addition to her position as CEO of the VNA of Hudson Valley and her lobbying activities, Quirolo also teaches a leadership and management course. She encourages nurses to consider going into leadership positions, and also urges nurses to be active politically. “The nursing profession is extremely powerful. As a group, nurses have enormous potential power to shape health policy.”
Quirolo acknowledges that leadership positions can be difficult. She says it’s a 24/7 job, but the benefits are immeasurable: “better morale, better care, and the opportunity to create a better working environment.” 
Quirolo’s dedication has paid off: The VNA of Hudson Valley has been named to the HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home health providers in the United States. This review identifies the top 25 percent of agencies, ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance. 
Quirolo says she has never been afraid of taking risks in her career, and she carries that philosophy with her every day, encouraging people to implement their ideas “without squelching their creativity.” 
She says, “I think allowing people to take a risk is important. If you aren’t willing to take risks, you just maintain the status quo. And there’s no growth.”

Career Corner

Tip of the Semester
You asked for it and we listened! In a recent survey of current Lienhard students and faculty, students said they wanted more career guidance. Here is this semester’s tip. 
According to Judith DeBlasio, RN, MSN, Lienhard School of Nursing’s undergraduate clinical placement and recruitment coordinator, the most important thing for students who are graduating to consider is keeping your options open. 
“Even if you think you would like to specialize in pediatrics or obstetrics, if you have the opportunity to take a med/surg job in a facility, don’t limit yourself by specialty,” recommends DeBlasio. “If a facility is willing to hire you as a new graduate, you can start in that facility, get the experience, and once you’ve worked for six months to a year, you can put in for a transfer to another specialty.” In the meantime, she says, the experience will be invaluable.

On our Radar

Washington Summit

Making History
(by Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN)

On the day historic health reform legislation was passed, I was in Washington, DC with nine Lienhard Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students. Being in DC at this time was one of the highlights of my career and life.
I was there for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) meeting of deans, a national forum and powerful lobbying opportunity. We were briefed by the governmental affairs staff on current legislation, and we met with our Congressional officials.
The timing was perfect, because the city was alive with anticipation and history was made with the passage of a new health care law! Nurses will play a key role in implementing the new legislation, particularly in the area of primary care, given that 32 million more Americans will now be able to receive care. In my nearly 45 years in nursing, I hoped this day would come, although there were times I admit I was doubtful.
Simultaneous with the AACN deans meeting was the first Nursing Student Policy Summit, held by AACN and funded by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. Nine of our DNP students attended the summit, partially funded by the Lienhard School of Nursing: Grace Domingo, (‘12) Una Hopkins, (‘12) Any Itty, (‘12), Pauline Johnson, (‘12) Barbara Krajewski, (‘11) Rose Moran-Kelly, (‘12) Miriam Pinon, (‘12) Denise Primiano, (‘12) and Fay Thompson (‘12). I invited them to join me on my visits to the Hill; they were knowledgeable, poised, and articulate, and engaged the Hill staff. I could not be prouder of them and of our faculty who have played a key role in preparing our students to be the best they can be! Overnight, they have become policy “junkies.”
I was later approached by two students from other schools of nursing who attended the summit, and by a dean from a nursing school in another state. All of them told me how outstanding our students were. They described our students as well-informed, articulate, and quite impressive. The dean told me that her students who attended told her all about the “students from Pace.”
These students have done well teaching our legislators about primary care, evidence-based practice, and cultural competence, terms that were frequently interwoven into our conversations on the Hill. If anyone can change the face of nursing, it is the next generation of nursing leaders!
Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, Lienhard School of Nursing

Alumni Corner

Attention alumni: Send us your news! Where are you working? Did you write a book or win an award? Did you just get married, have a baby, or celebrate another milestone in your life? You can e-mail lsncommunications@pace.edu with "alumni news" in the subject line; please include your credentials and year of graduation, and we’ll include your news in the next issue.
Karen Gormley-Vitale, RN,’77, was recently featured in the Journal News. She won an Excellence In Nursing award in May 2009.
Elaine Amella, PhD, GNP-BC, FAAN, ’77,’79, says, “I am pleased to share that I was promoted last July to Professor. Also, I finished my two-year term as President of the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) at the February meeting in Austin, TX. This past year I received R21 funding from the National Institute on Aging and from the USDA.”
Lisa Kosits, DNP, RN-BC, CCRN, CEN, CPEN, ’80, ’82, ’88, is a clinical faculty member at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. She was awarded the Nursing Practice Award by the New York State Nurses Association at its biennial convention in October.  She was recently featured in Nursing Spectrum magazine (November 16, 2009) and in the “People in the News” section of the Journal News. She is an active member of the Emergency Nurses Association and serves as secretary of its Bronx/Manhattan chapter.
Carol Kerrigan Moore, MS, RN, FNP-BC, ’82, is currently working in the office of quality and patient safety at Christiana Care Health System, in Wilmington, DE.  As part of her role there, she serves as faculty and team facilitator in a graduate level interdisciplinary course titled “Achieving Competence Today: Issues in Health Care Quality, Cost, Systems, and Safety,” which won national recognition from the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers for innovation in educating resident physicians, nurses, and other health professionals about quality improvement. She continues to practice as a family nurse practitioner at a health center for the uninsured.
Burton Thelander, LSN Specialty Masters ’88, says, “I now work at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx in the quality management division, and am a joint commission hospital program surveyor. I have ANCC certification as a Nurse Executive and as a Psychiatric/MH CNS.”
Geri Schmotzer, RN, MSN, MPH, PhD, ’94 (CDP), was a Betty Irene Moore Fellow and recently completed the requirements for a PhD in Community Health Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. She has accepted a position at New Mexico State University and will be teaching community health and conducting research in cervical cancer prevention.  
Pam Cowles, BS, RN, CMSRN, ’98, is working on a med/surg floor at Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast. She says, “I wanted to share with you that as a student at Pace I had an 11-year-old daughter who begged me to allow her to attend an evening pharmacology class with me. I remember her sitting in the lecture hall, and she even took some notes during the class. I am proud to say that last May she graduated from St. John's University with a PharmD and is a licensed pharmacist in CT and NY and is currently working at a Rite Aid in Poughkeepsie, NY. I just wanted to say thanks for the early introduction and sparking her interest in pharmacy and a special thank you to Dr. Davis who taught the class.”
Chaya Nechama Feldman, BSN, RN, CPN, ’06, received the Rising Star Award 2009 from Blythedale Children’s Hospital. She is a staff nurse on an infant unit with post NICU babies known for vent-weaning. 
Valerie Mitchell, RN, ’06 received an award from Northern Westchester Hospital for excellent nursing service.
Elizabeth Farley, BSN, RN, ’07 is a nurse at Payne Whitney Westchester. Within her first six months, she was awarded a Falcon Award for Excellence in Nursing, and within eight months she had been nominated for, and received, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. She has been a participant in the First and Second Year Nurses Forum and a member of the Nursing Education and Research Council.
Carlo D'Angelo, MS, RD, RN, CDE, ’09 (CDP), passed the NCLEX on March 3rd, and got a job as an RN at Memorial Sloan Kettering. He says, “I transitioned successfully to the nursing dept after years at Memorial working as a clinical dietitian/nutritionist. I will be working on a new ‘medicine’ unit which will consist of Head and Neck Cancer, Melanoma, and Sarcoma."
John Ringhisen, CDP, ’09, passed the NCLEX and received a Fulbright. He will study cultural and social barriers that prevent access to primary health care as a recipient of a 2010-2011 Fulbright Research Grant to South and Central Asia, Bangladesh.
Sabrena Wells, BSN/CDP, ’09, says, “I passed the NCLEX in November and I am currently in the Army’s Basic Officer Leadership Course as a 2nd Lieutenant. Upon completion of the course I will be stationed at Womack Army Medical Center in Ft. Bragg, NC, as a med-surg nurse. I met another Pace Alumna here in training–she is a recent FNP graduate and will be stationed at the same installation. 


Attention nurse practitioner and nursing education alumni! Remember the preceptor who made a difference in your education? Now you can return the favor by precepting. If you want to help shape the future and work one-on-one with the next generation of nurses, contact us at nursing@pace.edu or (914) 773-3552.
New Scholarship fund
Lienhard is establishing a new scholarship fund in honor of Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz upon her retirement this year. The fund will enable us to give an award each year to a Lienhard School of Nursing student in need who is in good academic standing. To give, go to www.pace.edu/GiveNow – you will be asked to indicate the fund or program you are supporting, so please specify that you are giving to the Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz Scholarship fund.