Official date of graduation:            May  4

Commencement Ceremony:          May 11

Time:                   2:00 pm

Location:            George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX 77010

Keynote Speaker Carol A. Romano, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, FACMI, Rear Admiral, United States Public Health Service (Ret.), is Dean and Professor of the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. She directs the organization, operations and strategic planning of the School and serves on the University executive cabinet. At USU, she directed implementation of curriculum reform for a new Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program for advanced practice nursing and successful accreditation program review for masters, doctoral and specialty accreditations.

Romano received a diploma in nursing (1971) from the Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing in Pennsylvania and earned her Bachelor of Science (1977), Master of Science (1985) and Ph.D. (1993) degrees in nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She also completed the Interagency Institute for Federal Executives at George Washington University (1993) and the Harvard University Senior Managers in Government Program at the Kennedy School of Government (1997). She is board certified in nursing informatics and as an advanced nurse executive. Romano is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and the American College of Medical Informatics (FACMI).

Romano has served in a variety of leadership positions in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) in the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG), where she was responsible for oversight and operations that affected 6,800 commissioned officers, 4,000 reserve officers and 3,000 nurses. Her roles involved strategic planning, policy development and advising senior government officials and included Acting Deputy Surgeon General, Acting Chief of Staff OSG, Director of the Office of Reserve Affairs and Chief Nurse Officer, USPHS. She played a leadership role in emergency response and worked to create the federal health volunteer website and hot line several days after Hurricane Katrina struck landfall.

Romano worked for 34 years at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Center, where she served as associate investigator, clinical research nurse, educator, director of nursing communications and recruitment, nursing system specialist, director of clinical informatics and quality assessment, deputy chief information officer and senior advisor for clinical research informatics.

She is recognized as a pioneer in nursing informatics and she helped design and implement one of the first computerized medical information systems in 1976, which provided electronic medical orders and clinical documentation for physicians and nurses in ambulatory and hospital environments. She was also co-architect of the world’s first graduate curriculum in nursing informatics at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. In addition, Romano served as advisor to the World Health Organization on the management of manpower and health information in developing countries.

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Since 1972, Cizik School of nursing has awarded 11,279 nursing degrees to its graduates.