Jonas III Nurse Leader Scholar Alumni

Rusty Greene

Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Rusty Greene graduated with a BSN from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing in 2009 and since then has worked at NewYork-Presbyterian’s Columbia campus, initially on the infectious diseases unit and more recently in the new bone marrow transplant unit at NewYork-Presbyterian.  Mr. Greene has held several leadership positions at NewYork-Presbyterian, including chair of the Operations Council, a committee designed to oversee the implementation of quality improvement protocols designed by unit shared governance councils at Columbia University Medical Center.  In this position, Mr. Greene works closely with all disciplines in examining quality metrics particular to various patient care areas. 

Mr. Greene wishes to obtain a clinical doctorate and simultaneously hone his skills as a researcher and educator. At this time, Mr. Greene is researching a capstone project concerning HIV prevention in the Latino community in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, a community he has worked closely with over the past four years.  Mr. Greene’s capstone project would involve education and empowerment for people with HIV in hopes of reducing transmission rates in Washington Heights.  These prevention measures are unusual in that they are directed towards those who are already infected, as opposed to those who are at risk.  The hope is that targeting those who need encouragement and empowerment might reduce the incidence of new cases in the neighborhood.