University of Rochester

Advancement Awards

Lisa Helen Norsen

’77N, ’83N (MS), ’92N (PMC), ’07N (PhD)

Lisa Helen Norsen ’77N, ’83N (MS), ’92N (PMC), ’07N (PhD)

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Professor of clinical nursing, Lisa Norsen has a long-standing relationship with the School of Nursing and the University. Her 38-year career at Rochester reflects a deep commitment to the advancement of the profession and support of the unification model at the School of Nursing. Under the auspices of unification, Professor Norsen has held various clinical, administrative, and leadership positions within the University of Rochester Medical Center, most recently as associate dean of the Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship from 2011 to 2014, and director of the Sovie Institute for Advanced Practice, Scholarship, and Innovation from 2012 to 2014.

Professor Norsen first came to Rochester as an undergraduate student in 1973 and went on to earn her master’s degree and post master’s certificate from the School of Nursing. In 2006, she received her PhD in Health Services Research and began her career as a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital. She moved into an advanced practice role in 1981 and was one of the first nurse practitioners in the nation to practice in an acute care setting. Her work as a nurse practitioner (NP) in cardiac surgery is regarded as an early model of advanced practice and was foundational in furthering the NP’s role as a provider in specialty based practices. As a nursing administrator, Professor Norsen oversaw the expansion of the nurse practitioner’s role at the Medical Center, making it an essential component of the interdisciplinary team.

Throughout her career, Professor Norsen has held various nursing administrative and leadership positions at the Medical Center in Nursing Practice and, more recently, at the School of Nursing. As director of the master’s programs at the School, she led a diverse faculty through accreditation and program expansion. She worked collaboratively with colleagues to introduce interdisciplinary educational opportunities for graduate students and brought together clinical and non-clinical graduate programs to promote efficiency and enhance collaboration. Professor Norsen has participated in and led various clinical and educational research projects that contribute to understanding how best to deliver care and educate students. As associate dean of the School, she helped establish the Center for Employee Wellness. Under her leadership at the Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship, the School was awarded a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to support the expansion of school-based health centers.

A devoted volunteer, she has served on the University’s OneRochester Leadership Council since 2013 and is a former member of the School’s Dean’s Advisory Council. A member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Epsilon Xi Chapter, she received the honor society’s 2007 Dissertation Award. Lauded as the School of Nursing’s Outstanding Scholarly Practitioner in 1993, she is a past recipient of Strong Memorial Hospital’s Outstanding Nurse of the Year and Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Practice awards. 

(Fall 2015)