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CDC Director Julie Gerberding to Present the Nursing Spectrum-Gannett Foundation Lecture at AACN's Annual Meeting

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CDC Director Julie Gerberding to Present the Nursing Spectrum-Gannett Foundation Lecture at AACN's Annual Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC, March 9, 2005 - The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce that Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will present the 2005 Nursing Spectrum-Gannett Foundation Lectureship on Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 5pm during AACN's annual meeting. Dr. Gerberding's presentation on "Policy and Politics in Nursing" will addresses her experiences in the healthcare policy arena and offer advice to nursing school deans on furthering their own policy agendas.

Dr. Gerberding became the CDC Director and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on July 3, 2002. Before assuming these posts, she served as Acting Deputy Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases, where she played a major role in leading CDC's response to the anthrax bioterrorism events of 2001. She joined the CDC in 1998 as Director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, where she developed the commission's patient safety initiatives and other programs to prevent infections, antimicrobial resistance, and medical errors in healthcare settings. Prior to coming to the CDC, Dr. Gerberding was a University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) faculty member and directed the Prevention Epicenter, a multidisciplinary research, training, and clinical service program focused on preventing infections in patients and their healthcare providers. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Emory University and an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF. Additionally, Dr. Gerberding is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Medicine and serves as a peer-reviewer for numerous internal medicine, infectious diseases, and epidemiology journals. Her scientific interests encompass patient safety and prevention of infections and antimicrobial resistance.

Dr. Gerberding's presentation will focus on her experience in determining policy, practical advice for nursing school deans to advance their policy priorities, and her views on the most important policy issues in healthcare today. This presentation was made possible by the support of Nursing Spectrum and the Gannett Foundation. For more information on our sponsors, see and

Members of the press wishing to cover this presentation must contact Robert Rosseter in advance at 202-463-6930, ext. 231 or


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is the national voice for university and four-year-college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 580 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. Web site:



Robert Rosseter, 202-463-6930, ext. 231