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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.