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Nurses Association CEO to Visit Campus, Meet with Students

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (oct. 30, 2008) - The chief executive officer of the New York State Nurses  Association will be the next distinguished visiting alumna at Plattsburgh State Nov. 4-5.

Tina Gerardi, a 1980 graduate of the college's nursing program, returns to campus at the invitation of the DVA program and will meet with students, sit in on their classes and discuss her career in nursing and administration.

Gerardi has a long and varied career in nursing and nursing administration, having started as a staff nurse at Albany Medical Center Hospital as a new nursing graduate. She has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Albany Medical Center and Pace University and was manager of quality support services at Saratoga Hospital. Her career took her further into the administrative arena with the Northeastern New York Hospital Council, the Healthcare Association of New York State and the New York State Department of Health. In 2003, she was appointed to the Task Force On Medicaid Reform, Acute Care Work Group, in the New York State Senate.

She joined NYSNA as its deputy executive director in 1998 and became interim CEO in January 2007. She was named CEO in June 2007. Gerardi will give a public presentation, "Contemporary Issues in Nursing: The Educational Advancement Proposal," Nov. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall, as part of her two-day campus visit.

The Distinguished Visiting Alumni Program is coordinated through the Office of Alumni Affairs at Plattsburgh State. The program strives to bring back to campus alumni who have made significant contributions in their fields who then meet with current students to share their experiences and provide networking opportunities.

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