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Alumni News and Events

Recent Publications

Incivility Among Intensive Care Nurses: The Effects of an Educational Intervention
by Nikstaitis, Teresa DNP, RN, CCRN; Simko, Lynn Coletta PhD, RN, CCRN
in Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: September/October 2014 - Volume 33 - Issue 5 - p 293-301

McFarland, MR and Hiba B. Wehbe-Alamah (2015) Leininger's Culture Care Diversity and Universality (3rd. Ed). Jones and Bartlett.

Laurent, J., Zoucha, R., (2014) Parents Addressing Health for their Overweight or Obese Pre-Adolescent, Health Behavior and Policy Review. 1, 2, 131-142.

Barbara JonicBarbara Jonic, 66; longtime nurse was ‘natural nurturer'

It is with sadness that we report the death of Barbara L. Jonic, School of Nursing class of 1969. She was a longtime executive and nurse practitioner at the Boston Globe. Read more about Barbara...

Poster Presentation

Congratulations to 2013 DNP graduate Dr. Angela Jones and Dr. Alicia Culleiton, whose poster has been accepted at the 2014 QSEN National Forum: Creating Safe Harbor for Patients and Families.

The title of the poster is: A Success Story: Integrating QSEN Safety Competencies in Fundamental AD Nursing Students

The conference will be held in Baltimore, MD on May 27-29, 2014.

DNP Alumna is Speaker at International Conference

Congratulations to Joanne Zanetos, DNP, MSN, RN, a 2013 DNP graduate, who was invited to speak at the upcoming International Conference on Geriatrics & Gerontology Society in Chicago!

Alumni Awarded AJN 2013 Book of the Year

Congratulations to the following alumni!

Health Informatics bookRamona Nelson, PhD, RN-BC, ANEF, FAAN
Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach

Middle Range Theory for Nursing bookPatricia R Liehr, PhD, RN 
Middle Range Theory for Nursing
Co-author is a former DU Nursing faculty
member, Mary Jane Smith, PhD, RN.

DNP Capstone Project Accepted for Publication

Congratulations to Kami Cooper, 2013 DNP graduate, whose manuscript from her capstone project, "Targeting Obesity through Church-Based Health Promotion in African-American Women: Transforming, Empowering, and Affecting Congregation Health (TEACH)" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Christian Nursing.

Annual Distinguished Dissertation Award

Dr. Faye GrundThe Distinguished Dissertation Award was established in 2012 and recognizes original scholarly work that makes a significant contribution to nursing. Congratulations to the 2013 recipient, Dr. Faye Grund, for her dissertation "Predictors of Health Promoting Lifestyles in Baccalaureate Nursing Students."

DNP Project Accepted for Publication

Congratulations to 2013 DNP graduate Nancy Perry, whose project, "Impact of Faculty Development Sessions to Increase Faculty Competency with Supervision of Medication Administration in an Associate Degree Program" was accepted for publication in Teaching and Learning in Nursing.

PhD Graduate's Article Among Most Downloaded

Congratulations to recent PhD gradute, Dr. Debby Stayer, whose article is among the top 5 most downloaded articles in the. Journal of Pediatric Nursing! Read her artcile titled "Pediatric Palliative Care: A Conceptual Analysis for Pediatric Nursing Practice"

FNP Graduate Publishes Article

Congratulations to Valerie Machajewski on her recently published article "Childhood Grief Related to the Death of a Sibling" in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners!

DNP Capstone Projects Accepted for Publication

Recent graduates papers accepted for publication in Teaching and Learning in Nursing: Nancy Greenberg - "A Project to Increase Faculty's Cultural Competence in Mentoring English as a Second Language Nursing Students"
Angela D. Jones -  "The Impact of Integrating Quality and Safety Education for Nurses' (QSEN) Safety Competency in First Year Associate Degree Nursing Students"

Alumna Working with Doctors without Borders (MSF)

Mary Beth Wargo (BSN 2010) is at Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan working with over 100,000 displaced Syrian people.They plan to provide 28 inpatient beds, 2 ICU beds and 3 ER beds for children under 10 years old. Her primary job is to lead and train the national nursing staff.

Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing Inductee

Andrea Schmid-MazzoccoliCongratulations to Andrea Schmid-Mazzoccoli on her induction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Andrea Schmid-Mazzoccoli is the Chief Nursing Officer for Bon Secours health System where her role is to set the Strategic Clinical Quality and Nursing Agenda. Prior to joining Bon Secours, she served as Chief Nursing Officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Dr. Mazzoccoli achievements include development of the Bon Secours Health System Center for Clinical Excellence and Innovation. The Center is the framework for the clinical transformation efforts and includes Institutes for Patient Safety, Informatics and Nursing Practice. Her work in the center with the Chief Medical Officer establishes a leadership model that partners physician and nurse executive dyads to lead system level change.

Dr. Mazzoccoli serves as an ANCC Magnet Appraiser and has published and lectured internationally and nationally related to rapid response, failure to rescue, informatics and nursing leadership. She is a Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellow. Dr. Mazzaccoli twice received the UPMC President's Award for Patient Safety for the development of a Positive Patient Identification Program for Medication Administration and Early Detection and Recognition of Rescue Events. She serves as the principle investigator of an IRB approved research project exploring the influence of technology on professional nursing activities and is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow.

Dr. Mazzoccoli earned her nursing diploma from the Shadyside School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Carlow, a Masters of Science in Nursing and Business Administration from Duquesne University, and a Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh.

Alumna Profiled in Publication

Sydnee Lucas, BSN 2011, was profiled in Center Stage Health Care Careers, a publication of Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania (page 8).

Alumna Selected for AACN Wharton Program

Judy Didion, Dean, College of Nursing, Lourdes University (OH), has been selected to attend the Inaugural AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. This world-class enrichment program is designed exclusively for top academic leaders in nursing and is designed to advance them to a higher level of leadership.