Columbia Nursing’s Big Stories of 2018


As we usher in a new year, we are proud to take a look at some of our big stories that appeared in 2018. They capture and highlight key aspects of Columbia Nursing’s innovation in research, education, and practice. Here, we’ve collected 10 of our top stories that underscore our leadership in nursing.


Our Top Ten Stories


The NBC “Weekend TODAY” Show featured Columbia Nursing students and Kellie Bryant, DNP, executive director of simulation learning, about patient care using the latest addition to our simulation center, “Pediatric HAL,” the world’s most advanced pediatric manikin.


DailyNurse covered Lorraine Frazier, PhD, being named the new dean of Columbia Nursing.


The New York Times interviewed Laura Zeidenstein ’05, DNP, director of the nurse midwifery program, about the field, the natural birth movement, and the opportunity midwives have to improve patient care.


PBS News Hour interviewed Stephen Ferrara, DNP, associate dean of clinical affairs, about dominant flu strains in 2018, the efficacy of vaccination, and the health dangers presented by the flu.


Crain’s Health Pulse reported on the $2.7 million grant we were awarded from the National Institute of Nursing Research to fund the work and research of the Center for Improving Palliative Care for Vulnerable Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions.


MarketWatch spoke with Kellie Bryant, DNP, about medical errors — the third-leading cause of death in hospitals — and how clinical simulation education can help prevent them.


Crain’s Health Pulse also covered Columbia Nursing’s innovative incorporation of palliative care into the curricula of its programs.


NY1 featured one of our nurse practitioners from ColumbiaDoctors Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Group making a house call to celebrate her patient’s 101st birthday. (Infectious Disease News) covered a study by Rebecca Schnall ’09, PhD, which found evidence that menopause worsens fatigue and muscle aches in women with HIV.


HealthLeaders Media covered a study led by Jingjing Shang, PhD, that found that changing nurses’ perception of infection risk could improve compliance with infection control measures.