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Cal State L.A. Expert Available to Speak on Nursing Issues

Los Angeles, CA — On Tuesday, January 22, Governor Gray Davis revealed plans for California to become the first state in the nation to limit the number of hospital patients assigned to each nurse. Professor Judith L. Papenhausen, director of the new School of Nursing at California State University, Los Angeles, will be available to speak to the media regarding concerns among health care industry officials about such a regulation and the possible changes in recruiting and educating nurses as a result of this new proposal.

Judith L. Papenhausen graduated from Cal State L.A. with a B.S. in nursing in 1971 and an M.S. in nursing in 1972, both with high honors. She completed pre-doctoral work at the University of Southern California and earned her Ph.D. in nursing at The University of Texas at Austin.

Papenhausen began her undergraduate career at Cal State L.A. with nine years of clinical experience as an O.R. staff nurse, charge nurse in the Medical-Surgical Unit, head nurse in the Coronary Care Unit and in-service instructor in Critical Care Nursing at Whittier, Palm Harbor and St. Joseph’s Hospitals. Immediately following the receipt of her master’s degree at Cal State L.A., the University hired Papenhausen as an assistant professor. She was granted associate professor status in 1977 and professor status in 1982.

Papenhausen, now director of Cal State L.A.’s new School of Nursing, has been chair of the University’s Department of Nursing since 1996. She served previously as acting chair, associate chair, the departmental chair of graduate studies, and in other capacities. She has developed or modified and taught 30 courses, and has been active in academic advisement either at the undergraduate or graduate level since joining the Cal State L.A. faculty. She led her department to successful approval by the Board of Registered Nursing and accreditation by the National League of Nursing. In 1999, she was honored with the University’s first Faculty Alumni Award.

Papenhausen is president of the California Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the co-founding editor of Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Professional Nursing. She serves on the Advisory Board for Nurseweek, and as advisory board member to the Departments of Nursing at Los Angeles Trade Technical Community College and Compton Community College. She lives in Long Beach, California.


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