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NYU College of Nursing’s Dr. Elizabeth A. Capezuti Receives the AAN and Hartford Foundation’s Nurse Leader in Aging Award for 2013

October 31, 2013
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New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) Elizabeth Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and Hartford Foundation’s Nurse Leader in Aging Award for 2013 for her research and leadership in gerontological nursing as well as her promotion of education, community outreach and service.

The AAN and the John A. Hartford Foundation established the Nurse Leader award in 2006. The award represents superior leadership, achievements, contributions, productivity and influence on gerontological nursing and meeting the health care needs of the US population.

“Her publications and teaching demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to her students, many of whom are co-authors on her papers and who are now respected scholars themselves,” said Eileen Sullivan-Marx, Dean of NYUCN.   “Dr. Capezuti is adding immeasurably to our understanding of aging and gerontological nursing, especially in the field of frail elders in hospitals and nursing homes.  Dr. Capezuti is indeed a leader, with the stature and record of achievement worthy of the AAN and Hartford Foundation’s Nurse Leader in Aging Award.”

“I am deeply honored to have been selected for this award, and am so happy that it recognizes the importance of quality nursing care for older adults,” said Elizabeth Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Dr. Capezuti is the John W. Rowe professor in Successful Aging at NYUCN and director of NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders). Her work focuses on care of older adults in hospitals and nursing homes with studies highlighting the injuries and falls due to restraints including siderails.  In her role as the Director of NICHE, Dr. Capezuti has led the development of NICHE into a financially sustainable model fostering geriatric excellence in 500 hospitals and health care organizations

Of her 90 published articles, many have appeared in prestigious nursing, gerontology and interdisciplinary journals. She is also a frequent editorialist with a bi-monthly co-column on acute care of the elderly for Geriatric Nursing.

Beyond her noted publications, Dr. Capezuti has worked closely with the Department of Justice, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to revise policies and guidelines on siderail use. She will be a keynote speaker for the Interdisciplinary Conference in Long-term care in Taiwan in 2014 and has consulted various organizations in The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Norway, Canada and Israel.

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About New York University College of Nursing
NYU College of Nursing is a global leader in nursing education, research, and practice. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Arts and Post-Master’s Certificate Programs, a Doctor of Philosophy in Research Theory and Development, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  For more information, visit

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NYUCN 's Capezuti Receives AAN & Hartford Foundation’s 2013 Nurse Leader in Aging Award

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