School of nursing

School Notes: School of Nursing
September/October 2021

Gift endows professorship

A recent donation to the nursing school from Linda Rodman ’73, ’75MA, and her husband Larry ’16MEM will create a new professorship of gerontology at the school. It is the largest single gift in the school’s nearly 100-year history, and signifies the Rodmans as YSN’s most generous alumni donors.

“Nurses are truly unsung heroes,” Rodman said, citing recent experiences with the hospital care her mother and daughter received as part of the inspiration for the gift.

The Rodman Family Professorship will complement the school’s robust strength in gerontologic nursing and establish a secure future for teaching and research to train new generations of nurse practitioners to meet this growing need. Nurse practitioners who specialize in gerontology receive training specific to the needs of older people, who are vulnerable to accident, illness, and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. These nurses must be ready to address the care and management of both chronic conditions common among seniors and the shifting metabolic responses to medication and treatment that accompany advanced age.

Associate dean advises UN delegation on HIV/AIDS

The US Department of State recently tapped Associate Dean for Global Affairs & Planetary Health LaRon Nelson as a private sector advisor for the United States delegation to the 2021 UN High Level Meeting (HLM) to discuss the UN’s 2021–2026 global strategy to combat HIV/AIDS. The virtual session took place June 8–10, the same week that marked 40 years since AIDS was first discovered.

Nelson served as a scientific expert on the impacts of stigma and structural drivers of HIV inequities in societies across the world, and also spoke authoritatively on the evidence for what can be implemented to reduce HIV transmissions and improve HIV care outcomes in UN member states. 

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