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RN educator celebrates career milestone for mentee, herself

Monday June 9, 2014
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Elizabeth Capezuti, RN, PhD, FAAN, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Chair in Gerontology and professor of nursing at Hunter College, was honored March 27 by the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging of Hunter College’s Sadin Institute on Law and Public Policy.

Another highlight of the night was the presence of her former student, Sharon Wexler, RN, PhD, BC, director of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Pace University’s Leinhard School of Nursing, Manhattan.

Capezuti and Wexler share a special bond. Not only did Capezuti serve as Wexler’s professor at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College, but she also is a valuable resource and mentor who continues to encourage Wexler throughout her professional career.

“She is a long-time mentor of mine,” Wexler said. “She chaired my dissertation for my PhD. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for her. I can only hope to be as good of a mentor to my students as she has been to me.”

Capezuti was a 2014 honoree at the 21st Chinese New Year Dinner for her work in improving the care of older adults by interventions and models that positively influence healthcare providers’ knowledge and their work environment. She is the only nurse to ever receive the honor.

Capezuti served as director of the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders program at NYU’s College of Nursing for 10 years and has received more than $8 million in research grants. Her research has been used by New York State in its evaluation of nursing home care.

For Capezuti, the timing of her honor was especially meaningful. Her mentee, Wexler, also received some good news around the same time as the awards dinner. “This is a wonderful honor, and I’m very excited to be receiving it in the same week that [Wexler] received tenure,” Capezuti said.

Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter.


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