Marijean Buhse, a clinical professor in the School of Nursing (SON) at Stony Brook University, has received the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Nurse of Excellence Award. Member hospitals and Long Island schools of nursing each year nominate one extraordinary candidate from their institutions, in accordance with the criteria established by the Council’s Nurse Executives Committee, which then selects the winner.
Buhse served as chair of the Department of Graduate Studies in the SON for more than ten years. Her many accomplishments cross clinical practice, education and research spheres.
As a board certified adult nurse practitioner, her clinical practice focuses on the care of people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Her research focusing on older adults with MS is recognized internationally, nationally, regionally and locally. She regularly disseminates her work in the form of scholarly presentations to the community of nurse practitioners and MS neurologists. She has secured many grants and has widely disseminated her work through publications and international presentations.
Buhse’s steadfast dedication to patient care is evidenced in her commitment to leadership roles within professional organizations. She serves on the board of directors and is chair of Academic Outreach for the International Organization of MS Nurses and is on the clinical advisory board of the Long Island chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
“School of Nursing students benefit from having a professor who demonstrates clinical expertise, however they are fortunate to have a faculty role model who demonstrates professionalism and collaboration in leading the nursing profession,” said Carol Della Ratta, associate dean for Academic Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, School of Nursing. “Marijean’s many contributions that have moved our school to new heights are rooted in her spirit of inquiry.”
Buhse was an early adopter of interprofessional education. In 2013 she secured a $1.1 million grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration titled, “A Transformative Model in Interprofessional Education for the Care of Elderly Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions.” More recently, after attending an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Immersion with at the Fuld Institute for Evidence-Based Practice, Buhse used her knowledge and expertise to lead faculty in the SON’s initiative to embed EBP concepts across the curriculum, guide Doctor of Nursing Practice students on their projects, and teach EBP basics to new nurses in the residency program at Stony Brook University Hospital.
She has been honored by professional organizations as well as by her students in the form of the Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2017 she was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a prestigious group of nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research.