School of nursing

School Notes: School of Nursing
September/October 2006

YSN inaugurates PhD program in nursing

A PhD program in nursing will replace the current doctor of nursing science (DNSc) program, beginning this fall. The program will continue to emphasize training for academic and research careers; students will be mentored by YSN faculty as well as through collaborative work with other Yale graduate and professional schools. Dean Margaret Grey called the change a “major accomplishment” for the school and the university: “This will enable us to continue to recruit the best and the brightest students to Yale and to train the next generation of leaders in nursing science.”

New center to address global health issues

The Yale Center for International Nursing Scholarship, new this fall, will expand the school’s tradition of international leadership and collaboration to address today’s global health challenges. Initial projects include professional leadership development for nurses in China and Russia and continued clinical education for YSN students in Africa, Central America, and Asia. The center’s director, Professor Ann Williams, has led research and training in Asia, Europe, and Africa as part of an international response to emerging infections such as HIV. Associate Director Susan Barringer coordinated the startup of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network in Trinidad.

New associate dean for academic affairs

Barbara J. Guthrie, RN, PhD, FAAN, joined the school as associate dean for academic affairs on August 1. Dr. Guthrie comes to Yale from the University of Michigan, where she was associate professor both in the School of Nursing and in women’s studies. She also served as director for undergraduate traditional and nontraditional nursing programs. Her research focuses on health-promotion programs for adolescent females.

Pediatric nurse practitioner named associate dean for clinical and community affairs

Martha K. Swartz, PhD, APRN, CPNP, was appointed associate dean for clinical and community affairs in July. Previously, Dr. Swartz served as assistant dean for academic affairs and director of the pediatric nurse practitioner specialty. Dr. Swartz’s scholarship centers on primary care of newborn and preterm infants, interactions between adolescent parents and their children, and the relationship between family functioning and health-related quality of life in children with asthma.

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