School of nursing

School Notes: School of Nursing
January/February 2011

YSN PhD program ranked in top five nationally

The PhD program in nursing at Yale University is ranked in the top five in the nation among doctoral programs in nursing, according to ratings released by the National Research Council (NRC). The rankings by the NRC used a new and rigorous methodology that contains some of the most thorough measures ever collected on doctoral programs nationwide. It is the first ranking of PhD programs by NRC in 15 years and the first time nursing has been included. “This is really great news for our doctoral program,” added Nancy Reynolds, professor and director of the YSN PhD program. “This demonstrates recognition of nursing’s development as a field of scientific inquiry with established areas of doctoral research and characteristics of excellence.”

Diers named nursing “Living Legend”

Donna Diers ’64MSN, former dean at YSN, has been named a 2010 Living Legend by the Ameºrican Academy of Nursing (AAN). The ceremony for this year’s honorees was held on November 11 in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the AAN annual conference and meeting. The AAN’s highest recognition, the Living Legend designation is awarded to distinguished leaders in nursing. Diers was honored for her leadership in the development of clinical nursing research, graduate entry into advanced practice, and the use of data to determine outcomes of nursing care. Diers is the Annie W. Goodrich Professor Emerita and lecturer in nursing at Yale and serves as senior clinical coordinator in the Decision Support program within the Yale–New Haven Health System. She also holds adjunct professorships at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and the University of Sydney. Diers served as dean of YSN from 1972 to 1985 and has worked in New Zealand for many years. See video of Diers receiving her award at

Research group to address diversity in HIV/AIDS research

A new research education institute at Yale will address the documented shortage of HIV/AIDS researchers from underrepresented groups. Developed as a partnership that includes YSN, the Institute for Community Research, and the University of Connecticut’s Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention, the Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars is designed to provide scholars from underrepresented racial, ethnic, disabled, and economic groups with the skills and experience needed to become successful HIV researchers. “There is a compelling need to close the existing gaps in mentoring and theory-driven research education for new investigators in these specific groups,” said Barbara Guthrie, associate dean for academic affairs at YSN and one of the founders of the program. The Institute, funded with a $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, will be housed at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) at Yale.

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