Forty Years of Service: Dr. Audrey Berman

At the employee service awards on September 19, 2013, Dean of Nursing, Dr. Audrey Berman, was recognized for her 40 years of service.

Berman has a record of outstanding service and leadership on “Pill Hill”.  She began as an oncology nurse at Merritt Hospital then joined the College faculty in 1977.  She served in many roles over the years, including Associate Dean and now Dean of the School of Nursing.  Audrey has transformed nursing at SMU. Her accomplishments include creating the accelerated BSN program for college graduates, promoting enrollment expansion in virtually all specialties, and instituting the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, whose charter class graduated in 2013. 

Berman has secured millions of dollars in grant funding from institutions such as Kaiser Permanente and the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. She models using new technologies for teaching-learning and administrative work. An internationally known leader in nursing, Audrey is president-elect of the California Association of Colleges of Nursing. Serving on task forces for The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, she is shaping the role of nursing education to transform American healthcare for the 21st century.  Audrey was selected to attend the prestigious AACN-Wharton School inaugural program on Nursing Leadership. She has long served on the Board of the Bay Area Tumor Institute.

Audrey has written and edited numerous publications. She is lead author on three textbooks, including the tenth edition of Fundamentals of Nursing: Concepts, process, and practice, to be published in 2014.  This textbook, used by one in every three U.S. nursing students, has been translated into many languages for worldwide use. Audrey earned her bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from UCSF’s School of Nursing.  Her honors include the Excellence in Leadership Award, Strommen-Dillashaw Award, Paul C. Sampson Clinical Nursing Professorial Chair, and Excellence in Nursing Research Award from the Nu Xi Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau. 

What is Audrey most proud of? 

“I realize that what makes me a tad teary-eyed is how successfully the school of nursing has responded to the needs of the profession and the community.  This is not your mother’s school of nursing! And I am thrilled to have been a part of it.”


photo on the left: President Sharon Diaz (left), Dr. Audrey Berman (right)
photo on the right: Dr. Audrey Berman

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