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Sandra Lewenson

Professor

College of Health Professions

Graduate Nursing

Location
  • @Pleasantville
    Lienhard Hall
A healthy society requires nurses' understanding of it's professional history.

Biography


Dr. Lewenson integrates nursing's rich history into her work as professor of nursing. She weaves her love of nursing history into her courses including those on decision-making, nursing education, and nursing history. She has been the recipient of the Outstanding Scholarship and Research Award from Teachers College, Columbia University, inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Alumni Association of Hunter College, and received the American Association for the History of Nursing Lavinia Dock Award for Historical Scholarship and Research in Nursing for her seminal work, Taking Charge: Nursing, Suffrage, and Feminism in America, 1873-1920. She won two American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards in 2008 for Capturing Nursing History: A Guide to Historical Methods in Research and Decision-Making in Nursing: Thoughtful Approaches for Practice. Her colleagues at Pace University awarded her the 2008-2009 Keenan Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Lewenson received the AAHN Mary M. Roberts Award for 2013 Nursing Interventions Through Time: History as Evidence and the AAHN President's Award for Outstanding Service. Dr. Lewenson is a member of the American Academy of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

Education


EdD, Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY, 1989
Professorial Role

Med, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1987
Professorial Role

MS, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1986
Family Health Nursing/Older Contracting Families/Community

BS, Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing, New York, NY, 1971
Nursing

Awards and Honors


Teachers College, Columbia University, April 22, 2019 - Nurses Education Alumnae Post Doc Award
American Association for the History of Nursing, September 14, 2018 - Mary Roberts Scholarly Research Award
The American Journal of Nursing, January 2018 - The American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award - 1st place in Community/Public Health and 3rd Place in History and Health Policy
Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA., October 17, 2017 - Inaugural keynote Lorraine Albrecht speaker
Barbara Bates Center for the Study of Nursing History, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA., February 2017 - Visiting Scholar
American Association for the History of Nursing, September 21, 2016 - Adelaide Nutting Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing
Teachers College, Columbia University, Nursing Education Alumni Association, May 6, 2016 - R. Louise McManus Medal
American Association for the History of Nursing, September 2013 - President's Award
American Association for the History of Nursing, September 27, 2013 - Mary M. Roberts Award for 2013
American Library Association's, Choice, 2012 - 2011 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
University of Virginia, Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, Charlottesville, VA, March 15, 2011 - Agnes Dillon Randolph Scholar
Pace University, 2009 - Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence
2008 - AJN Book of the Year Award
American Journal of Nursing, 2008 - AJN Book of the Year Award
Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY, 2008 - Dean's Outstanding Research Award
American Library Association's, Choice, 2008 - “Outstanding Academic Title”
Teachers College- Columbia University New York, NY, 2005 - Scholarly Research Award
Pace University, 2004 - Distinguished Faculty Award
Alumni Association of Hunter College, May 2, 2003 - Elected into the 2003 Hunter College Hall of Fame
Pace University, 2002 - Kenan Award
Sigma Theta Tau International, 2001 - 2001 Media Nursing Print Award
American Journal of Nursing, 2001 - American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award
American Academy of Nursing, 2000 - Fellow of American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
Pace University, 1999 - Outstanding Contribution Award for Teamwork
American Association of History of Nursing, 1995 - Lavinia Dock Award for Historical Scholarship and Research
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1986 - Graduate Class Speaker, Convocation Ceremony
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1986 - Graduate with Distinction, Master of Science in Nursing
Zeta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society, 1986 - Scholarly Research Award
Zeta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, 1984 - Invited member


Publications


Historical perspective on policy, politics, and nursing.
Fairman, J., D'Antonio, P. & Lewenson, S. (2001). D. Mason, D. Gardner, F. H. Outlaw & E. O'Grady (Eds.), Philadelphia, NY , USA:Saunders. (Issue 8th) , pages 17-24.

“Rest on placement, take up preparation”: The educational mission of the Circle of Negro Relief, circa 1920s.
Lewenson, S. (2021, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Nursing History Review.

Diversity and inclusivity in the health science professions in the USA: A case study from nursing history
Lewenson, S. & Bear-Lehman, J. (2020, December). Quality Advancement in Nursing Education - Avancées en formation infirmière (QANE-AFI). Canadian American Nursing Association..

"You have any business being this good,": An oral history interview with Bernardine Lacey
Lewenson, S. B. & Graham-Perel, A. (2020, September). American Journal of Nursing. Vol 120 (Issue 8) , pages 40-47.

History of nursing education in the United States.
Lewenson, S. & McAllister, A. (2020, August 1). S. Dyson and M.McAllister (Eds.), London , England:Routledge, an imprint of Taylor and Francis Books Ltd (the Publisher). (Issue 1) , pages Lewenson, S.B. & McAllister, AM (2020). History of nursing education in the United States. In S. Dyson and M. McA.

Nursing's history of advocacy and action.
Lewenson, S. & Nickitas, D. M. (2020, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). D. M. Nickitas (Eds.), New York, NY , USA:Springer.. (Issue 3)

Population Health Care: Access, Cost, and Quality
Truglio-Londrigan, M. & Lewenson, S. (2020, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). D. Nickitas (Eds.), New York, NY , USA:Springer. (Issue 3rd)

Hidden & Forgotten: Being Black in the American Red Cross Town & Country Nursing Service, 1912-1948
Lewenson, S. (2020, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Nursing History Review.

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital, Nursing History Review.
Lewenson, S. (2019). Vol 27 , pages 134-136.

Assessment: Using the public health nursing assessment tool.
Lewenson, S. & Londrigan, M. (2019). Burlington, MA :Jones & Bartlett. (Issue 3rd edition) , pages pp. 49-89.

Epilogue: Nursing and primary health care
Londrigan, M., Singleton, J. & Lewenson, S. (2018). Burlington, MA :Jones & Bartlett. (Issue 3rd edition) , pages pp. 423-441.

Public health nursing in the United States: A history
Lewenson, S. (2018). Massachusettes :Jones & Bartlett. (Issue 3rd) , pages pp. 23-47.

Public health nursing: Practicing Population-Based Care 3rd Ed.
Londrigan, M. & Lewenson, S. (2018). (Issue 3rd)

What is public health and public health nursing?
Londrigan, M. & Lewenson, S. (2018). Marie Londrigan & Sandra B. Lewenson (Eds.), Massachusettes :Jones & Bartlett. (Issue 3rd edition) , pages pp. 3-21.

Nursing History for Contemporary Role Development
Lewenson, S., McAllister, A. & Smith, K. (2018). Nursing History for Contemporary Role Development. New York: Springer.

Book Review: Caring on the Clock: Complexities and Contradictions of Paid Care Work
Lewenson, S. (2017, November). Vol 25 , pages 191-193.
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Instructor's Manual: Nursing History for Contemporary Role Development
Lewenson, S., McAllister, A. & Smith, K. (2017, August).

The origins of public health nursing: Meeting the health needs of small town America.
Lewenson, S. (2016, December). New York, NY , USA:Springer Publishing.

Improve Obama Care, Don't Risk Replacing it
Londrigan, M. & Lewenson, S. (2016, November). (Issue May 1, 2016) , pages 19 A.
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Improve Obama Care, Don't Risk Replacing it
Londrigan, M. & Lewenson, S. (2016, May 1). (Issue May 1, 2016) , pages 19 A.

Public health nursing: Working with families and communities in the United States
Lewenson, S. & Londrigan, M. (2016, May 1). Milan , Italy:Franco Angeli Publishing.

Practicing Primary Health Care in Nursing: Caring for Populations
Lewenson, S. B. & Truglio-Londrigan, M.

Chapter 3: Assessment: Using the public health nursing assessment tool
Lewenson, S. & Truglio-Londrigan, M. (2016, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Boston, MA :Jones & Bartlett.

Learning the Faculty Role: Using the Evolving Case Story of Probessor Able in an Online Masters of Nursing Education Program
Lewenson, S. & Londrigan, M. (2013). Journal of Nursing Education. Vol 2 (Issue 52) , pages 98-103.

Public Health Nursing: Practicing Population-Based Care 2nd Ed
Truglio-Londrigan, M. & Lewenson, S. (2013, February). Public Health Nursing: Practicing Population-Based Care 2nd Ed.Boston, MA : Jones & Bartlett. (Issue 2nd Edition)

Chapter 11: Historical research method
Lewenson, S., , H. & , D. (2013). Philadelphia :Lippincott. (Issue 3)

Interview with Mary Elizabeth Carnegie
Lewenson, S. (2003). Vol 7 (Issue 4) , pages 165-168.

Historical perspectives in managed care
Lewenson, S. & , T. (2003). New York :Mosby. , pages 23-50.

The power of partnerships: Changing people and systems
Lewenson, S., Feldman, H. R., , B., , C., , L., , K., , ., , T. & Shortridge-Baggett, L. M. (2002). Nursing and Health Care Perspectives. Vol 21 (Issue 6) , pages 280-286.

A Century of Influence: A collection of oral histories for the centennial celebration of nursing
Lewenson, S. (2000).

Chapter 10: Nursing research and historiography
Lewenson, S., , H. & , D. (1999). Philadelphia :Lippincott.

Chapter 9: Historical research approach
Lewenson, S., , H. & , D. (1999). Philadelphia :Lippincott.

Interview with Dr. Marilyn Jaffe Ruiz
Lewenson, S. (1999). Vol 4 (Issue 2) , pages 59-61.

We band of angels
Lewenson, S. (1999). Vol 4 (Issue 2) , pages 64-65.

Taking charge: Nursing, suffrage, and feminism in America, 1873-1920
Lewenson, S. (1999). Taking charge: Nursing, suffrage, and feminism in America, 1873-1920.New York , USA : National League for Nursing Press. (Issue 2)

Chapter 10: Nursing research and historiography
Lewenson, S., , H. & , D. (1996). Philadelphia :Lippincott. , pages 212-229.

Chapter 9: Historical research approach
Lewenson, S., , H. & , . (1994). Philadelphia :Lippincott. , pages 195-212.

History of accreditation
Lewenson, S. (1994).

Sentinel for health: A history of the Centers for Disease Control
Lewenson, S. (1994). (Issue 4) , pages 8-9.

“Of logical necessity...they hang together:” Nursing and the woman's movement, 1901-1912
Lewenson, S. (1994). Nursing History Review. (Issue 2) , pages 99-117.

Taking charge: Nursing, suffrage, and feminism in America, 1873-1920
Lewenson, S. (1994). Taking charge: Nursing, suffrage, and feminism in America, 1873-1920.New York : Garland.

Who cares for the caregiver? The history of women in caregiving
Lewenson, S. & , . (1993). Lynne Tepper (Eds.), New York :Charles Press.

Agnes Gardner Deans
Lewenson, S., , ., , V. & , . (1993). New York :Garland. Vol 2

One hundred years' commitment
Lewenson, S. & Birnbach, N. (1992).

First words: Selected addresses from the National League for Nursing, 1894-1933
Lewenson, S. & , B. (1992). First words: Selected addresses from the National League for Nursing, 1894-1933.New York, NY , USA : Springer.

The Woman's nursing and suffrage movement, 1893-1920
Lewenson, S., , ., , . & , . (1991). V. Bullough, M. Stanton, and B. Bullough (Eds.), New York :Garland Press. , pages 123-137.

The Relationship Among the Four Professional Nursing Organizations and Woman Suffrage: 1893-1920
Lewenson, S. (1990).

PRESENTATIONS


Lewenson, S. (2019, September). Fall 2019 Annual Meeting of the AAHN. “REST ON PLACEMENT, TAKE UP PREPARATION”: THE EDUCATIONAL MISSION OF THE CIRCLE OF NEGRO RELIEF, CIRCA1920s.. American Association for the History of Nursing, Dallas, TX.

Lewenson, S. (2019, September 18). Invited keynote – The Ideas of Frances Reiter. New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York.

Lewenson, S. (2019, June 2). Leadership Day at Henry Street Settlement . History of Lillian Wald and the Henry Street Settlement, 1893. National Student Nurses' Association, New York, New York.

Lewenson, S. (2019, March 15). Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (SAHMS) and the Agnes Dillon Randolph International Nursing History. An Experiment in Care: The Circle of Negro Relief's Use of Blue Circle Public Health Nurses in the Rural South, circa 1919-1925. Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, Charlottesville, VA.

Lewenson, S., D'Antonio, P., Glass, L. & Wytenbroek, L. (2018, September 15). American Association for the History of Nursing Fall 2018 Annual Meeting . Memories and Milestones: The History of AAHN Sandra Lewenson, Laurie Glass, Patricia D'Antonio, Lydia Wytenbroek –The History of the AAHN Auction.. American Association for the History of Nursing, San Diego, California.

Lewenson, S. (2018, September 15). American Association for the History of Nursing Fall 2018 Annual Meeting. The Conference: Negotiating the Relationship between the Circle of Negro Relief and American Red Cross Public Health Service, February 18, 1920. American Association for the History of Nursing, San Diego, California.

Lewenson, S. (2018, May 11). American Association for the History of Medicine 2018 Annual Meeting. The “A” List: African-American Nurses and the American Red Cross Town & Country Nursing Service, 1912-1949. American Association for the History of Medicine, Los Angelos, California.

Lewenson, S. (2018, April 30). College of Health Professions Scholarly Colloquium. “The American Red Cross Town and Country: The African-American Experience.”. Pace University, Pleasantville & NY campus.

Lewenson, S. (2017, October 17). Inaugural keynote Lorraine Albrecht speaker. Hidden & Forgotten: Being Black in the American Red Cross Town & Country Nursing Service, 1912-1948. Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lewenson, S. (2017, September). American Association for the History of Nursing 2017 Fall Annual Meeting. Designation 1A: The African-American Experience in the American Red Cross Town and Country, 1912-1917. American Association for the History of Nursing, St. Johns Fisher College, Rochester, New York.

Lewenson, S., Mann Wall, B. & Cynthia, C. (2017, September). American Association for the History of Nursing 2017 Fall Annual Meeting. The Uses and Abuses of Historical “Lenses”. American Association for the History of Nursing , St. Johns Fisher College, Rochester, New York.

Lewenson, S. (2017, June). Cochrane School of Nursing Graduation 2017. Lessons from History: Congratulations. Cochrane School of Nursing, St. Johns' Riverside Hospital, Yonkers, New York.

Lewenson, S. & , S. K. (2016, December 01). Talking History. Health History and Humanities for Contemporary Nursing. American Association for the History of Nursing, Webinar/conference call.

Lewenson, S. B. (2016, September). American Association for the History of Nursing Annual Fall Conference. 'Our Doctors Cannot Be Our Nurses': Outcomes from the 'Sickness in Dutchess County' Report, 1915”. American Association for the History of Nursing, Chicago, Ill.

RESEARCH INTEREST


History of Public Health Nursing in the United States; History of nursing's political advocacy for primary health care; Historical Methodology; the American Red Cross Town and Country Nursing Service; Diversity in nursing history.

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts


Bernadine Lacey: An African American Nursing Leader Tells Her Story about Diversity and Inclusivity
Lewenson, S. September 2018.College of Health Professions Scholarly Research – to be Funded),Pace University.Funded.

Consultant (Oral History) for a project that will collect the oral history of two African American nurses who graduated from Georgetown in 1964 (Margaret Jordan) and Bernadine Lacey (1969). The title of this project is: Remembering the Past, Educating for the Present and Future: An Oral History of the Lived Student Experience of the first African-American Women to Graduate from the School of Nursing at Georgetown University (1960-1969).
Lewenson, S., Yearwood, E. & , . January 2018.School of Nursing & Health Studies, Georgetown University$7,300.00.Funded. The American Red Cross Town and Country Rural Public Health Nurse, Frances Elliot Davis: the African American Experience, 1912-1948.
Lewenson, S. September 2016 - August 2018.University Scholarly Research Award for Research – Funds ($3,000) to be awarded for the research;,Pace University,$3,000.00.Funded.

Awarded Kenan Grant for Travel
Lewenson, S. December 2016 - January 2017.Pace University.Funded.Travel award to the American Academy of Nursing held in Washington, DC. October 2016

MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS


The Journal News [Newspaper], April042016
Truglio-Londrigan, M. & Lewenson, S. B. (2016, April 26). Improve Obama Care: Don't Risk Replacing it. IOHUD The Journal News. Retreived from http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/04/26/view-improve-obamacare-dont-risk-replacing/82349440/

OJIN [Internet], May2015
Lewenson, S. B. (2015). Cornerstone documents in healthcare: Our history, our future. OJIN, 20(2) American Nurse Association. http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-20-2015/No2-May-2015/OS-Cornerstone-Documents.html#.VW_2vgsNcNI.mailto

Daily News [Newspaper], May62015
Lewenson, S. B. (2015, May 6) New York Nurses: Caring outside of the spotlight. New York National Nurses Week 2015 Special Sections Page, Special Advertisement Supplement, Daily News, pp. 2, 4

New York Times [Newspaper], June102007
Nursing Diaries: Celebrating A History of Caring and Professionalism, an advertisement that appeared in New York Times, Sunday, June 10, 2007 edition as part of series on recruiting nurses.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS


American Association for the History of Medicine

Teachers College Columbia University Nursing Education Alumnae Association[Auctioneer; Nominating Committee Member]

Academy of American Nursing[Expert Panel member, Co-Chair ended in 2012]

American Association for the History of Nursing[Auctioneer, Nominating Committee Member]

Nursing Education Association Alumnae at Teachers College, Columbia University[Auctioneer – fundraiser, Chair of Hall of Fame Nomination Committee (2007), Program Chair of the Isabel Stewart Conference (2002)]

American Association for the History of Nursing[President, AAHN Dock Award Committee; Auctioneer, Fundraiser, Vice-President; Director of Communications]

Sigma Theta Tau International (Zeta Omega Westchester-Rockland Chapter-at-Large)[Member, Past President]

American Nurses Association[Member]

American Academy of Nursing[Co-Chair of Expert Panel]

American Public Health Association[Contributing Member]

New York State Nurses Association[member]

American Association for the History of Nursing[Past President]

Nursing Education Association Alumnae at Teachers College, Columbia University[Chair of Hall of Fame Nomination Committee]

Nursing Education Association Alumnae at Teachers College, Columbia University[Program Chair of the Isabel Stewart Conference]

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