NYU’s College of Nursing (NYUCN) and College of Dentistry (NYUCD) teamed up to contribute the content for the January/February 2008 issue of American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing (MCN). Over 20 researchers from the Colleges of Nursing and Dentistry contributed articles on a wide range of topics.
Two editorials set the stage for the series of articles focusing on the unique nursing/dentistry collaboration at NYU. College of Nursing Dean Terry Fulmer, Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing, wrote New York University College of Nursing Takes on the Challenge of Innovation for the Healthcare System, and Susan Gennaro, DSN, RN, FAAN, Florence and William Downs Professor in Nursing Research, wrote The Shadow of Your Smile.
All of us can agree that we need new paradigms to examine methods of improving the health of the public, wrote Dean Fulmer. These ideas can be unsettling to a healthcare system steeped in tradition and used to existing systems. To anticipate the aging of our population and the crisis in healthcare workforce shortages, however, we all need to think differently.
Many of the articles were collaboratively written and focus on the unique synergies that have developed between NYUCN/NYUCD. They include the following: Improving Oral Health in Women, Nurses’ Call to Action, by Donna A. Clemmens, PhD, RN, of NYUCN, and A. Ross Kerr, DDS, of NYUCD; Pregnancy and Oral Health by Stefanie L. Russell, DDS, MPH, PhD, of NYUCD, and Linda J. Mayberry, PhD, RN, FAAN, of NYUCN; Maternal Periodontal Disease, by Ananda P. Dasanayake, PhD, MPH, BDS, FACE, and Nok Chhun, MS, both of NYUCD, Dr. Gennaro of NYUCN, and Karen D. Hendricks-Munoz, MD, MPH, FAAP, of the NYU School of Medicine; Oral Health of Adolescents: It’s More Than Dental Caries, by Melanie S. Percy, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, of NYUCD; Oral Health and HIV/AIDS, by Dr. Gennaro; and Global Oral Health in Women and Children, by Lynn Clark Callister, PhD, RN, FAAN, of NYUCN.