Internationally renowned nurse scientist appointed head of Eleanor Mann School of Nursing


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Jessie Casida, Ph.D., is the new executive director of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing.

Jessie Casida, Ph.D., an internationally renowned nurse scientist, has been named the new executive director of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing and the George M. and Boyce W. Billingsley Endowed Chair in Nursing at the U of A.

Casida joined the nursing school, part of the College of Education and Health Professions, on August 1. It exemplifies leadership in research, education, practice and policy.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such positive, energetic and highly dedicated faculty with the collective vision to elevate the stature of EMSON in the region and beyond,” he said. “Their aspirations are timely and consistent with the multiple driving forces of our health care delivery system where nurses, in particular, are expected to create, lead and implement innovative care delivery models aimed at achieving equity. in health.”

Kate Mamiseishvili, Acting Dean of College of Education and Health Professionssaid: “I am delighted to welcome Dr. Casida to our leadership team. His vast knowledge and experience make him an ideal leader for our dynamic and growing school of nursing. I look forward to working with him.

Casida joins the U of A from Johns Hopkins University. He spearheaded the creation of the school’s Master of Nursing in Healthcare Organizational Leadership program, their joint Master of Nursing and Master of Business Administration program and post-master’s certificate. He was an associate professor and also served as director of leadership programs.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bicol University in the Philippines in 1988, he went on to earn a master’s degree in intensive care nursing from Columbia University in New York in 1996. He has maintained an active nursing practice for more than 30 year. years in New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Maryland.

In addition to her clinical expertise as an advanced practice nurse in cardiac surgical intensive care, mechanical circulatory support, and heart and lung transplantation, Casida has excelled in nursing-related scholarship and leadership. In 2007, he obtained a doctorate. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Professions Leadership from Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences in New Jersey. Since the 1990s, Casida has held several academic appointments at New York University, Seton Hall University, Wayne State University, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, La top nursing school in the United States, according to the 2023 US News and World Report rankings.

Casida maintains an active research program funded by several organizations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Her work focuses on self-management in patients with complex medical conditions. For example, he is interested in improving outcomes in patients who have recently undergone heart surgery and left ventricular assist device implantation. He also studies leadership and organizational culture in the health system. He has 60 peer-reviewed publications in leading journals in his field and over 180 presentations locally, nationally and internationally.

In 2019, Casida was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. This honor is reserved for the world’s most influential nursing scholars, practitioners, leaders and decision makers.

Casida looks forward to helping advance the nursing profession in Arkansas. It will seek input and forge partnerships with various stakeholders in the nursing and health care community. And it will focus on building relationships with alumni, clinical and community partners, and other stakeholders. “This is a humbling and meaningful leadership role,” he said. “I am so excited to see how EMSON evolves in the years to come, what I envision is its influence in advancing the health of all Arkansans and beyond.”

The nursing school’s former principal, Susan Patton, retired over the summer.

“Being principal of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing has been the great honor of my nursing career,” she said. “And, now is the right time for new leadership. Jessie Casida is a visionary leader who will put into practice the values ​​and mission shared by faculty, staff and students every day. I look forward to seeing the many ways the school of nursing will continue to grow under his leadership.”

About Eleanor Mann School of Nursing: The College of Education and Health Professions Eleanor Mann School of Nursing is at the forefront of academic nursing. The school’s programs prepare the nursing leaders of tomorrow. From pre-licensure degree options to graduate degrees, the school’s accredited programs help prepare students for a wide range of nursing career paths.


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