New School of Nursing Director to Focus on Research and Practice

Posted: August 5, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Marjorie Musick

Robin Remsburg
Robin Remsburg
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With the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting the creation of more than 587,000 new nursing positions by 2016, the demand for trained nurses is higher than ever before.

Leading the charge to fill this need is Robin Remsburg, who joined Mason’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) in July as director of the School of Nursing and associate dean in the college. Meeting the health care needs of the local community through faculty research and practice is the cornerstone of Remsburg’s leadership plan.

“We estimate that more than 80 percent of Mason’s nursing graduates stay in Northern Virginia for their first job,” says Remsburg. “With the current and projected nursing shortage, there are numerous opportunities for our students and faculty to really make a difference within the local community.”

Remsburg spent the last six years working as the long-term care statistics branch chief and deputy director of the Division of Health Care Statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

She is a strong supporter of nursing research and hopes to increase the number of investigative projects conducted by nursing faculty.

“I went to a national organization to affect more people and then realized that the state level is where research can really have a significant impact,” says Remsburg. “Funding in general is tight, so we will have to look for nontraditional partners to support many of these investigations.”

A past president of the National Gerontological Nursing Association and a member of the editorial board of Geriatric Nursing, Remsburg is a nationally certified gerontological clinical nurse specialist with expertise in long-term care and the care of older adults. As a result, she would like to grow the number of students who concentrate in these areas.

“We know that many more nurses are needed in order to care for the aging population,” says Remsburg. “I firmly believe that all health care professionals who treat older adults require additional training, and I plan on encouraging greater interest in the gerontology, long-term and end-of-life care specialties among our students.”

According to CHHS Dean Shirley Travis, Remsburg is joining Mason’s School of Nursing at a critical time. The college boasts one of the largest undergraduate nursing programs in the nation to be found at a research-intensive university, and its graduate nursing program is poised for significant growth.

“Dr. Remsburg brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the role,” says Travis. “I am delighted to have such an accomplished health services researcher, masterful team leader and expert clinician at the helm during this exciting period in the School of Nursing’s development.”

Remsburg holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing education from the University of North Carolina, and a doctorate in nursing research from the University of Maryland.

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