Former chief nurse officer for the U.S. Public Health Service Carol A. Romano, PhD, RN, BC, NEA, FAAN, FACMI, was selected as the new dean of the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. She succeeds Ada Sue Hinshaw, who retired in August, according to a news release.
Romano served as associate dean for academic affairs in the graduate school of nursing from November 2010 through January 2015. Before her arrival at USU, she was an active leader in the U.S. Public Health Service, where she was involved in strategic planning, policy development and advising senior government officials. The now-retired admiral also served as the acting deputy surgeon general of the U.S., acting chief of staff in the Office of the Surgeon General of the U.S., and director of the Office of Reserve Affairs for the USPHS, according to the release.
Romano worked for 34 years at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Center where she served as associate investigator, clinical research nurse, educator, director of nursing communications and recruitment, nursing system specialist, director of clinical informatics and quality assessment, deputy chief information officer and senior advisor for clinical research informatics.
A pioneer in nursing informatics, she helped design and implement one of the first computerized medical information systems in 1976. She also was co-architect of the world’s first graduate curriculum in nursing informatics at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, where she was named an inaugural Pioneer Visionary Award recipient. She also served as an advisor to the World Health Organization on the management of manpower and health information in developing countries.
“The GSN has a 21-year history that I will continue to honor and enrich as dean,” Romano said in the release. “I will approach challenges with a look to the past, to those who preceded me and succeeded in creating and growing a robust graduate nursing school, and with a look to the future for what is needed in the 21st century to provide the nation with the highest quality advanced practice nurse clinicians, scientists and scholars dedicated to federal health service.”