The College of Nursing of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, has appointed Shirley Girouard, PhD, RN, FAAN, as professor and associate dean for research and innovations. She will facilitate the colleges contributions to nursing education and practice, as well as to health and healthcare through faculty, student and staff scholarship and research, according to a news release.
Dr. Girouard will serve as a catalyst for organizing and implementing a robust program of research and scholarship building upon the interests and expertise of the college, Daisy Cruz-Richman, PhD, RN, professor and dean of the college of nursing, said in the release. This will include exploring and testing innovations in patient care and nursing education, with particular emphasis on increasing workforce diversity and reducing health disparities.
Girouards research has encompassed health information technology/nursing informatics to improve healthcare and nursing education; interdisciplinary collaboration on patient indicator measures; graduate curricula; hospital-acquired infections; antimicrobial resistance in childrens hospitals; and innovative care arrangements, among other topics. She has been funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, as well as numerous state and local organizations.
Girouards professional career has included clinical practice in a variety of settings, including work as an advanced practice nurse.
She previously has served as dean of the school of nursing at Long Island University (2012-2013) and director of the school of nursing at San Francisco State University (2007-2010).