Mon • Oct

Monday, October 30, 2017



5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Networking Activities and Refreshments; 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM Panel Experiences Post-PhD; 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM Audience Q&A with Panel


The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029


Free, but advance registration is required

Sponsored by

The Heilbrunn Foundation and the Academy Section on Nursing

Join us for an evening dedicated to exploring career trajectories following completion of a PhD in Nursing. PhD students have asked: What doors will the completion of my PhD open? What positions will I be prepared for? What does an academic role include and what will be asked of me? When and how will I be involved in research? How might completion of my PhD prepare for advancement and/or change from my current role?

We have compiled a panel of Nurse PhD graduates who are engaged in different roles from several of our respective Universities and who have agreed to share their experiences. This event is designed to provide real-life career experiences from a number of recent Nurse PhD graduates and to give PhD students the opportunity to explore and question a variety of career trajectory activities.

Connie Kartoz, PhD, RN, FNP-BC is a newly tenured Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator at The College of New Jersey where she teaches across undergraduate and graduate programs with particular expertise in Pharmacology. She holds a BSN from the University of Pennsylvania, an MSN from Old Dominion University and her PhD from Seton Hall University, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson/New Jersey Nurse Initiative Scholar. Her research focuses on older adult families and “Anticipatory Loss” for aging parents, and has been published in the International Journal of Aging and Society. She maintains her practice role as a Family Nurse practitioner at The Rheumatology Center of Princeton. 

Eileen Carter, PhD, RN holds a joint research appointment between New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University School of Nursing. In this role she advances formal collaborations between service and academia and mentors professional nurses in activities of clinical scholarship. Dr. Carter is an emergency department nurse by background and her clinical experiences inform her research, which examines and explores the nurses' role in optimizing patient care.

Nicolette Fiore-Lopez. PhD, RN, CNEP earned her PhD at Molloy College. She is the Chief Nursing Officer at St. Charles Hospital and is an Adjunct Faculty member at SUNY Stony Brook, Department of Graduate Studies. Dr. Fiore-Lopez holds certification in Executive Nursing Practice (CNEP). She provides leadership at the Greater New York, Nassau, Suffolk Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders (GNYNSONEL) and is actively engaged with the NYS action coalition.

Billy A. Caceres PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Comparative and Cost Effectiveness Research at Columbia University School of Nursing. His research focuses on cardiovascular disease in marginalized populations across the lifespan with an emphasis on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Billy serves on committees for several professional organizations including the American Heart Association, Gerontological Society of America, and Sigma Theta Tau International.

“FIRE” Main Mission: “Planning ways to connect our PhD students for networking and collaboration.”

Goal: To share and engage in collegial networking, research, resources, and creativity to improve clinical outcomes through our research and scholarship.

Plan: To meet in the 2016 – 2017 academic year twice at events designed to promote dialogue between and among PhD students, faculty and leaders in research related endeavors.

Sessions: Designed to provide high impact content and discussion that promotes conversation and collaboration among emerging scientists in nursing.


  • Become aware of possible programs of research across faculty and students that may complement and enhance each other; courses offered; areas of specialty etc.
  • Break down walls of competition and replace them with generosity and collaboration;
  • Share our passion for research and scholarship among PhD students and faculty across programs;
  • Identify resources across programs and facilitate mutually beneficial collaborations between faculty and students;
  • For PhD Program Directors and Faculty: Share and support pearls and lessons learned.
Event series:
Section and Workgroup Events