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Women in Medicine and Science at Upstate

This guide provides information on female pioneers associated with Upstate and its predecessor institutions who left lasting impacts on medicine and science. Please check back regularly as we will continue to add influential women to this guide.

Nancy E. Page RN

Nancy E. Page RNNancy E. Page RN received her BS in Nursing at Downstate Medical University (formerly SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn) in 1981, and her MS in Pediatric Nursing at the University of Rochester in 1986. Ms. Page joined the nursing staff at Upstate University Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in 1982. She was elevated to Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1986 and served as the clinical expert resource for all 62 in-patient pediatric beds, representing multiple specialties. She also created the core acute pediatric nursing orientation curriculum for training other nurses. In 1996, Ms. Page moved to the Diabetes Program in the Department of Pediatrics at University Hospital. In this role she was a nursing educator providing direct care to children with diabetes and their families in the outpatient, inpatient, school and camp settings, and certified as a diabetes educator and in advanced diabetes management. She remained with the Pediatric Department in various nursing rolls until 2000. In 1999, she took on the added responsibility of becoming Coordinator of Nursing Practice for the Hospital. She was responsible for growth of the Professional Nursing Practice Model, assuring nursing practice met regulatory requirements and standards, and implementation of a shared governance structure. She remained Coordinator of Nursing Practice until 2005, when she became the Hospital’s Patient Safety Officer. In this role, Ms. Page oversaw solutions to actual or potential patient safety events. The hand washing initiative she oversaw raised compliance in this arena to the 90th percentile. In 2007, she was made Director of Quality and Patient Safety for the Department of Emergency Medicine, where she was directly responsible for the quality and patient safety program for the tertiary care level 1 trauma center that received 72,000 annual visits.

 Since 2014, Ms. Page has been the Chief Nursing Officer for Upstate Medical University, including both University Hospital and Community Hospital; she manages a combined nursing staff of 2,800. Since 2007, the previously high turnover rate for RN’s has been reduced to the national average of 14%. Under her leadership, a Magnet application was submitted in March 2018. If successful, Magnet status, which is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, will indicate Upstate’s commitment to excellence in healthcare through nursing goals that are directly in-line with patient outcomes. Magnet recognition will mean education and development opportunities for nurses at every career stage, and continuing a commitment to better patient care. Ms. Page has been involved with all aspects of nursing, from patient care to scholarly research, from nursing administration to patient safety, and now leads Nursing at Upstate into the next chapter of nursing excellence.

Resources on Nancy E. Page RN

1. HealthLink on Air - WRVO (NPR) Interviews with Nancy E. Page RN


2. Other Resources 


Bibliography - Publications

  1. Hisgen, S.A., Page, N.E., Thornlow, D.K., Merwin, E. I. (2018). Reducing Registered Nurse (RN) Vacancy Rate: A Nursing Recruitment Office Process Improvement Project. JONA, 00(0): 1-7.
  2. Prince, L.A. & Page, N.E. (2013). A Distracted Culture. Empire State EPIC, publication of New York College of Emergency Physicians. 31:01:13.
  3. Sadowitz, P., Page, N.E. & Crowley, K (2012). Adverse Effects of Steroid Therapy in Children with Pharyngitis with Unsuspected Malignancy. Pediatric Emergency Care, 28: 807-809.
  4. Prince, L.A. & Page, N.E. (2011). Patient Safety Rounds. Michigan College of Emergency Physicians News & Views: 8, 4-5 and New York College of Emergency Physicians News 1, pg 11.
  5. Prince, L.A. & Page, N. E (2010). Procedural sedation: Where are we now? Empire State EPIC, publication of New  York College of Emergency Physicians. 28:02-10.
  6. Page, N.E. (2009). The child with altered endocrine status (pp. 1366-1417). In Children and Their Families. The Continuum of Care, Bowden V.R. & Greenberg, C.S. (eds). Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia.
  7. Page, N.E. (2009). The child with an inborn error of metabolism (pp. 1419-1455). In Children and Their Families. The Continuum of Care, Bowden V.R. & Greenberg, C.S. (eds). Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia.
  8. Page, N.E. (2007). Revision of chapters on chest tube management and nasopharyngeal suctioning. In V.Bowden & C.Greenberg (Eds.), Pediatric Nursing Procedures. Lippincott: Philadelphia.
  9. Lehmann DF,  Guharoy, R., Page, N, Hirschman, K., Ploutz-Snyder, R. & Medicis, J. (2007). Formulary management as a tool to improve medication use and gain physician support. American Journal of Health System Pharmacists, 64: 464-466.
  10. Lehmann DF, Page N, Hirschman K, Sedore A, Guharoy R, Medicis J, Ploutz-Snyder R, Weinstock R, Duggan D (2007). Every error a treasure: Improving Medication Use with a Nonpunitve Reporting System. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 33:  401-407. 
  11. Bullard, J. and Page, N.E. (2005). A disease in disguise: Cyclic vomiting syndrome. Pediatric Nursing, 31(1),27-29.
  12. Henrickson, C., Williams, R., Page, N.E. & Worral, P.S. (2003). Responding to ANA’s Agenda for the future: recruitment and retention program at a major medical center. In H. Feldman (Ed), The Nursing Shortage: Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Clinical Practice and Education. Springer: New York.
  13. Page, N.E. (2002). Contributor of chapters on Advanced Directives; Informed Consent; Suture/Staple Removal and Measurement of Abdominal Girth. In V. Bowden & C. Greenberg (eds.), Pediatric Nursing Procedures. Lippincott: Philadelphia.
  14. Page, N.E., Mackowiak, L. & Bratt, K. (1999) Identifying and Caring for the Child with Type 1 Diabetes. Journal of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, 4(3); 128-130.
  15. Page, N.E., Mackowiak, L. & Bratt, K. (1999). Identifying and caring for the child with Type 1 diabetes. Journal of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, 4(3); 128-130.
  16. Page, N.E., Giehl, M. & Luke, 5. (1998). Intubation complications in the critically ill child. AACN s Clinical Issues in Acute and Critical Care Nursing, 2(1); 1-12.
  17. Page, N.E. & Mackowiak, L. (1997). Clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner: Complementary roles. Journal of the Society of Pediatric Nurses 2(4) 188-190.
  18. Page, N.E. & Arena, D. (1994). Rethinking the merger of the clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner roles. IMAGE: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 26(4): 315-318.
  19. Page, N.E. & Boeing, N. (1994). Visitation in the pediatric intensive care unit: Controversy and compromise. AACN Clinical Issues in Critical Care Nursing, 5(3):289-295.
  20. Arena, D.& Page, N. (1992). Application of the impostor phenomenon to the clinical nurse specialist role. IMAGE: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 24(2): 12 1-125.
  21. Page, N.& Arena, D. (1991). Practical strategies for clinical nurse specialist role implementation. Clinical NurseSpecialist,5(1):43-48.

Bibliography - Presentations

  1. Nye, C.M. & Page, N.E. (2018). Nurse residency coordinator and CNO partnership: Financial stewardship and resource advocacy. Poster presentation, Vizient/AACN NRP Conference, Savanah, Georgia.
  2. Brenner, J., Bbuye, S., Page, N.E., Wetterhahn, L., Wojcik, S. (2014). Why we should discard forms when discharging patients against medical advice. Poster presentation, International Conference on Emergency Medicine, Hong Kong.
  3. Macher, A., Page, N.E., Prince, L.A., Shaw, E. (2013). Walking Patient Safety Rounds Increases the Proportion of Reported Near Miss Events in the Emergency Department. Poster presentation, New York State College of Emergency Physicians, Saratoga, NY.