Grants, Publications, and Other News February 2014

August 5, 2014

Honors and Presentations

  • Laura Ardizzone, DNP ’10 ANES ’04 was appointed as a member of the National Quality Forum's (NQF's) Patient Safety Steering Committee in Washington, DC.
  • Marlene McHugh, DNP, DCC, FNP-BC, ACHPN, presented “ER and Outpatient Management of Patient's with Chronic and Advanced Illness in an Underserved Community, NP/MD Model of Care at Innovative Models of Transitional Care: Bridging the Gap from Theory to Practice,”  a joint conference sponsored by Columbia Nursing and Visiting Nurse Service of New York and “Preparation and Care for the Time of Death,” at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for Palliative Care Physician Fellows.
  • Rebecca Schnall, PhD, assistant professor, ’09 PhD, was selected as an Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) Emerging Leader. Two additional alumni were also named Emerging Leaders: Vicky Tiase ’06 MS, and Olivia Velez ’06 BS, ’11 PhD.
  • Mary Tresgallo, DNP, MPH, presented “The Ethical Considerations of Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) as Destination Therapy in a Child Diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)" at the Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also participated as one of 11 faculty members in a Bioethics mediation training sponsored by Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.


  • PhD student Eileen Carter was the lead author of “The Relationship between Emergency Department Crowding and Patient Outcomes: A Systematic Review,” published in The Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, CIC, associate dean for research, was an author.
  • Mary Tresgallo, DNP, MPH, assistant professor, was an author of “Improving Acute Management of Vaso-occulsive Pain in Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease with Use of a Clinical Pathway”, published in Pediatric Blood & Cancer (in press) and “Undetected Ultracet™ dependence in an adolescent with nonmalignant back pain,” published in Journal of Opioid Management.


  • The Center for Research on Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic, and Behavioral Genetics at Columbia University Medical Center launched its website. Elizabeth Cohn, PhD, RN, assistant professor, is a chair of this center.
  • The Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Infections (CIRI) is recruiting pre- and postdoctoral fellows in nursing, medicine, epidemiology, informatics, biology, social sciences, and related fields with an interest in infection prevention research.  Fellows work independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams on research projects with the support of mentors from within and beyond their fields of study.  Applications for fellowships beginning in July 2014 are due April 1st.  Contact Bevin Cohen at for more information.
  • Class and program notes submitted by alumni will be published in the Spring 2014 issue of The Academic Nurse. Alumni are encouraged to send information about their life events, career milestones and how their education at Columbia Nursing has impacted their lives. We reserve the right to edit for style and to fit available space. Photos must be high resolution digital images, 300 dpi or more in jpeg format. Please submit your note to by February 14.
  • Nominations for Distinguished Alumni Awards are welcome.For more information, please contact Larin Smith at or Denise Ewing at