Suzanne Bakken’s work includes research to improve the health of diverse populations in New York City.
July 2015 • By Diana Austin

Suzanne Bakken is the Alumni Professor of the School of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University and co-directs the Center for Evidence-Based Practice in the Underserved and the Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics pre- and postdoctoral training program at Columbia University School of Nursing. Her research focuses on promoting health and reducing health disparities in underserved populations through the application of informatics.

Dr. Bakken, who received her PhD from UCSF School of Nursing in 1989, received a UCSF 150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award, which was presented last May during the university’s Alumni Weekend in San Francisco. This May, she spoke with Science of Caring about her work.

 

The Dean's Blog | David Vlahov

When nursing is the topic of conversation, terms such as expert clinical knowledgeauthentic compassionkeen observationorganized patient managementcomplex care coordination and passionate advocacy flow easily.

Outside of the nursing community, however, when I talk about nursing science – nursing research – I often get blank looks and questions like: Why are nurses doing research? What distinguishes nursing science from medical research?

Given our powerful, but often unsung, impact on the quality of countless patients’ lives, it disturbs me that people don’t understand what we do. So allow me to try to explain.

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