Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, CIC, FAAN, FAPIC, received the highly acclaimed designation of Living Legend from the American Academy of Nursing. One of five individuals deemed exceptionally accomplished in nursing and healthcare over the course of their careers, Dr. Larson will officially receive the Academy’s highest honor at a special ceremony during its policy conference in Washington, D.C. in October.
Dr. Larson is an international expert in infection prevention, antimicrobial resistance, and hand hygiene, and is the only infection preventionist who received this honor. Her contributions have changed the way healthcare is delivered by emphasizing the importance of infection prevention and hand hygiene for all health professionals. The interdisciplinary nature of her work is evident in the breadth and wide dissemination of her 500 scholarly publications. She has served on prestigious national advisory groups and grant review panels, and generously mentored countless clinical research nurses. Currently p, ofessor and associate dean for research at Columbia University School of Nursing and Mailman School of Public Health, Dr. Larson has been the editor of the American Journal of Infection Control since 1995.