School of nursing

School Notes: School of Nursing
September/October 2015

New YSN dean named

Yale University has appointed Ann Kurth ’90MSN the next dean of the School of Nursing. A clinically trained epidemiologist, Kurth focuses her research on ways to improve the prevention, detection, and care of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections; to promote reproductive health; and to strengthen health systems globally by using information and communication technologies, among other approaches, to further the establishment of health-care and workforce training programs.

Currently, Kurth is professor of nursing, medicine, and public health at New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN). She is founder and executive director of NYUCN Global, which conducts research and implements programs to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, and communities in the US and throughout the world. She holds the inaugural Paulette Goddard Professorship in Global Health Nursing, and is also associate dean for research at the NYU College of Global Public Health and professor of medicine in the NYU Department of Population Health. In addition, she is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing and at the UW Department of Global Health.

Kurth has consulted for numerous national and international health organizations; has published some 140 articles, book chapters, and monographs; and holds membership in several professional associations. She will begin her role as dean on January 1, 2016, succeeding Dean Margaret Grey ’76MSN, who stepped down in July.

YSN faculty member honored by Connecticut hospital

Philip Martinez ’06MSN, YSN lecturer and specialty coordinator for the School’s Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) program, recently received the 2015 Nurse Educator of the Year and the 2015 Innovation in Advanced Practice Awards, given by Middlesex Hospital.

The Nurse Educator of the Year Award is given by the Family Medicine Residency program, and honors the Middlesex nurse who is the greatest supporter of residents and their education. The Innovation in Advanced Practice Award is given to a nurse who blends specialty practice, experience, and knowledge into decision-making processes; who integrates evidence-based practice into daily practice, always taking into account the patient’s preferences and best interest; who engages the interdisciplinary health-care team to ensure the best possible outcomes for the patient; and who contributes to the empowerment and growth of others through mentoring and precepting. Middlesex Hospital is located in Middletown, Connecticut.

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