Our Nurse of the Week is Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAPIC, associate dean for research at Columbia Nursing, who was one of five nurse leaders recently named a ‘Living Legend’ by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). The Living Legend designation is awarded to nurses who have led exceptionally accomplished careers as trailblazers in nursing and health care.

Dr. Larson is the first member of Columbia Nursing to receive the prestigious Living Legend distinction. Her career has focused on infection prevention, antimicrobial resistance, and hand hygiene, and her contributions have emphasized the importance of infection prevention and hand hygiene for all health care professionals. Academy President and Dean of Columbia University School of Nursing Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, tells Nursing.Columbia.edu:

“As Dean of Columbia University School of Nursing, it is an honor to see this distinction bestowed upon Elaine Larson. Dr. Larson has dedicated her professional career to fostering nursing research as well as to mentoring our future nurse scientists. Her contributions to our profession are felt far and wide, particularly in the fields of infection prevention, antimicrobial resistance, and hand hygiene. She exemplifies leadership.”

To be eligible for the Living Legend distinction, recipients must have been an Academy Fellow for at least 15 years and have demonstrated sustained contributions to nursing and health care. Larson will officially receive the honor at AAN’s annual policy conference in October. To learn more about Dr. Larson and the other 2017 Living Legend recipients, visit here.

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