USF Dean Elected to the Association of California Nurse Leaders Board

SAN FRANCISCO (April 17, 2014)

Judith Karshmer, dean of the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Nursing and Health Professions, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, a statewide organization that develops nurse leaders and advances the professional practice of nursing in order to improve the health of California communities. In this position, Karshmer will represent the voice of California nurse leaders in academia.

“As California’s nursing leadership organization, we are committed to strong academic and service partnerships,” said Patricia McFarland, MS, RN, FAAN, CEO of ACNL. “Dr. Karshmer’s national and state academic perspective will enrich our discussions and help shape our strategic direction."

“I am excited to be a part of this nursing leadership organization that can truly help position nurses to advance health care,” said Karshmer.

Last June, Karshmer was appointed to serve on the San Francisco Health Commission, the governing and policy-making body of the Department of Public Health. She joined the seven person commission to assist with its mandate to manage and control the City and County hospitals, monitor and regulate emergency medical services, and all health-related matters pertaining to the preservation, promotion, and protection of San Francisco residents.

Karshmer completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at the University of Iowa, graduate degree in advanced psychiatric-mental health nursing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, masters in social psychology at the University of Massachusetts, and Ph.D. at New Mexico State University. She has been Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Professions at the University of San Francisco since 2007. Dean Karshmer is the immediate past president of the California Association of Colleges of Nursing, and a member of the AACN-AONE National Task Force on Academic-Practice Partnerships.

To request interviews with USF School of Nursing and Health Professions Dean Judith Karshmer, please contact Anne-Marie Devine at (415) 422-2697 or

About the Association of California Nurse Leaders

The Association of California Nurse Leaders is a nonprofit professional organization representing nurse leaders in hospitals, health systems, academia, research and business. For more than 36 years, ACNL has affected positive change for nursing and health care by developing nurse leaders, advancing the professional practice of nursing, influencing health policy and promoting quality health care and patient safety.

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