Pat Schmidt-Zawko, EdD, RN, has been appointed Director of the Crouse Hospital College of Nursing. Zawko is filling the position vacated when the college’s former leader, Ann Sedore, PhD, RN, was named Chief Nursing Officer of the hospital in March of this year.
“Dr. Zawko will be a strong support as Crouse Hospital continues to strive for nursing and institutional excellence,” said Sedore. “Her nursing background, educational experience, professional leadership and knowledge of our community will serve her and the college well.”
Zawko most recently served as Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing and Director of Online Learning at Upstate Medical University. She has been a member of numerous committees throughout the community, and has received multiple commendations, including having been nominated for the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
She holds a doctorate in educational leadership, curriculum and instruction from University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in nursing administration from SUNY IT at Utica Rome. Zawko, a resident of Rome, NY, is a former board member of St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing and of the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau’s Iota Delta Chapter, for which she had served as faculty advisor.
Zawko is assuming the director position during the college’s 100th anniversary year, and will preside over the festivities during the college’s first-ever Homecoming Weekend Oct. 18-20. Crouse Hospital College of Nursing ranks among the top RN programs in New York State and nationwide. Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, a high-quality, independent regulatory agency with rigorous educational standards, the college offer a two-year associate’s degree program featuring classroom, clinical, laboratory and computer-assisted study within a state-of-the-art teaching environment. Innovative program design, low student-to-instructor ratios and affordable tuition are among the school’s strengths.