They say if you want something done, you should give it to a busy person. Our Dean, Dr. Judith Karshmer, PhD, PMHCNS-BS, holds several offices within health organizations throughout the Bay Area and nation. You probably are most familiar with her role as the Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Professions. During her six years here at USF, she has expanded the majors offered at both the Undergraduate and Graduate levels that include, but are not limited to, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with tracks in the Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Executive Health Care Systems Leadership or new programs such as the Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation or Health Informatics. With the expanded degree offerings and growth of our School, Dean Karshmer continually seeks to strengthen the relationship of USF School of Nursing & Health Professions with the Bay Area.
Recently, Dean Karshmer was appointed as a Health Commissioner to the San Francisco Health Commission, by Mayor Ed Lee; further expanding her impact and work within the city. When speaking with the Dean regarding her work on the Health Commission, she readily shared that one of her biggest desires is to poise the School of Nursing & Health Professions to meet the needs of San Francisco, based on insight she gains from her work on the Commission. Her work as a Commissioner requires her to sit on the Health Commission through the Department of Public Health, but also serve on the Board of Directors for Laguna Honda and San Francisco General Hospitals. Each Tuesday, Dean Karshmer joins the six other Commissioners for a weekly public meeting and private work session. The most recent outcome by the Commission is a plan to expedite new hospital facilities in high need communities. As her ambition puts the School of Nursing & Health Professions on the leading edge of health services education, it also places her in the forefront of Public Health as a Commissioner for the citizens of San Francisco. Looking towards the future, we can count on the University and city being shaped by her work!