Pioneer Power

Edna Cadmus ’76

Edna Cadmus ’76 has spent many years during her nursing career in leadership positions. Now, through a gift to the University, she is helping to provide nurse managers with both career development and scholarship support.

To that end, Cadmus is funding the Dr. Edna Cadmus ’76 Lecture Series at William Paterson, designed to identify topics of interest to today’s nurse managers. She is also supporting three scholarships for nurse managers with financial need who are enrolled in the University. “I want to help people grow in the field,” she says. “This is an opportunity for me to support those in need to pursue their dreams in nursing.”

Following graduation in 1976, Cadmus became a staff nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where she rose to the position of senior clinical manager of the surgical nursing department. In 1988, she was named director of clinical care nursing at Englewood Hospital Medical Center; six years later, she was appointed senior vice president for patient care services there. She has just assumed a new role, as clinical professor and director of the doctorate in nursing practice program-leadership specialty, at Rutgers University in Newark.

“I am very interested in leadership and how it impacts on patient outcomes,” explains Cadmus, who received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. “My new role is a wonderful opportunity to encourage nurses to acquire the education they need to assume new leadership roles.”