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The Future of Public Health Nursing: An Update on Standards and Credentialing

Originally webcast September 15, 2011

Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN
Columbia University School of Nursing
Mary O'Neil Mundinger DrPH Professor of Nursing
Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center

Tina Gerardi, MS, RN, CAE

Chief Executive Officer
New York State Nurses Association

Michelle Cravetz, MS, RN-BC, APHN-BC
University at Albany School of Public Health
Center for Public Health Continuing Education

Dr. Berkowitz will provide an update on accountability issues for public health nurses, including history, licensure, the scope and standards of practice, core competencies, public health nursing credentialing and agency accreditation.  Dr. Berkowitz also discusses emerging issues for the profession and implications for public health nursing presented by the Affordable Care Act. 

About the Presenter: 
Dr. Berkowitz, a distinguished leader in nursing and public health, received her PhD in nursing science from Case Western Reserve University and both her Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing from the University of Washington.  She is an elected member of the American Academy of Nursing, as well as an elected member the prestigious Institute of Medicine, a member of the board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, an elected fellow of the Academy’s Board of Directors. In addition to serving on the board for several journals, she also is the author of books on public health nursing leadership, nursing management, and communications in health care organizations.  She came to Columbia from the University of Washington, where she was the Alumni Endowed Professor of Nursing, adjunct professor in the School of Public Health and previously served as chair of the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health.  Dr. Berkowitz was the director and principal investigator for the National Program Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Turning Point Initiative. Dr. Berkowitz previously held leadership positions in both state and local government, as deputy secretary in the Washington State Department of Health, and as chief of nursing for the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is an approved provider of continuing nurse education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Continuing Medical Education Contact Hours

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing education credits will be available until September 2014.

The planners and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.