Health Care Pioneer Judith Erickson Named Dean of the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing
Dr. Erickson brings unique combination of academic and health care practice experience to LIU Brooklyn’s accredited Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing
Marcia Harrington,Director of Public Relations
Long Island University announced today that innovative health care educator Dr. Judith Erickson has been named dean of the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing at LIU Brooklyn. She is expected to join the university on July 1, 2014.
Dr. Erickson was formerly the dean of the School of Nursing at Jacksonville University in Florida and was instrumental in creating the university’s new College of Health Sciences, a bold initiative that drew upon her extensive experience in program development and change management. Under her leadership, the university established a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program—the first doctoral degree to be offered by the university—and achieved a 40 percent increase in enrollment over four years. Her career has integrated nursing education with the practice of care, giving her a unique perspective on how to optimally prepare nursing students with the proficiencies and experiences necessary to perform effectively in contemporary health care settings. In addition, Dr. Erickson is a recognized authority in outcomes assessment and quality improvement.
Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU, expressed appreciation for Dr. Erickson’s new role: “Our goal is to prepare our students to become leaders and innovators in their fields of study. Dr. Erickson brings a remarkably balanced understanding of health care, and having mastered both clinical and academic challenges, she has a comprehensive view of the field and its emerging specialties. I am confident that she will lead the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing to even higher levels of achievement and provide our students with an education of unmatched excellence.”
As a member of the Steering Committee on Academic-Practice Partnerships for the American Organization of Nurse Executives and American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Dr. Erickson encourages partnerships between academia and health care practice settings. She is a respected team leader and onsite evaluator for accreditation of baccalaureate and advanced degree programs in nursing for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
“I am very excited to join the LIU community and work with the talented faculty at the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing,” said Dr. Erickson. “I look forward to preparing our graduates to practice nursing at the highest levels and to maximizing our institutional potential in one of the most dynamic health care environments in the nation.”
Prior to her work at Jacksonville University, Dr. Erickson was vice president of community services at the Jewish Home and Hospital in New York, N.Y. She has more than 25 years of experience as an administrator in health care education and practice settings. She holds a Ph.D. in Nursing from New York University, an M.A. in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from New York University, and a B.S. in Nursing from Skidmore College.
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