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November 10, 2009

Nurses Association Honors Farmingdale State's Lapidus-Graham With Nursing Education Award

Nursing Associate Professor Recognized for Work with Students

Joanne Lapidus Graham
Joanne Lapidus-Graham
Joanne Lapidus-Graham, associate professor of nursing for the School of Health Sciences at Farmingdale State College, was awarded the Nursing Education Award by the New York State Nurses Association at its biennial convention on October 10.

The award is presented to the nursing educator who promotes innovative education methods, patterns or systems.

Lapidus-Graham received the award for her work in encouraging students to question their environment and actively participate in legislative activities that will promote positive outcomes for patient care. As chair of the nursing department's outcome assessment committee for nine years, she contributed to changes that improved student outcomes related to critical thinking, communication, nursing intervention, and the passing rates of the National Council Licensure Examination.

Established in the 1960's, Farmingdale State's nursing school enrolls more than 350 students. The school offers a Bachelor of Science Nursing program, an Associate of Science Nursing program and a Practical Nursing program. In addition, the school offers an advanced accelerated program for LPNs to become RNs.

Lapidus-Graham resides in Woodbury with her husband, and two sons, ages 19 and 13.