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Alumni News and Events

U.S. Navy Commission Ceremony

Wagner and LaBoaCongratulations to 2016 BSN graduate, Katie Laboa, who was recently commissioned to Ensign LaBoa of the United States Navy, at the Steel City NROTC ceremony at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland! Fellow graduates Noelle Davis and Emily Kinley will also be joining the Navy Nursing Corps. They will be commissioned after they pass their licensure exams.
(Pictured at left: Ensign LaBoa with Lee Wagner, Veteran-BSN Coach.)


KnestrickAlumna Joyce M. Knestrick will begin serving as president-elect of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a position she'll hold for one year before starting a two-year term as president. The group has 67,500 members. Knestrick is a nurse practitioner at The River Practice in Rices Landing, and Wheeling Health Right in Wheeling, WV. She is also an associate professor of nursing and director of online education at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in Washington, DC. Congratulations Joyce!

Generosity in Action

Jennifer Matthews, BSN (2010)  was honored for her patient care at the Women's Cancer Center at Magee. Read more...

Alumna Inducted into Genesee Community College Hall of Fame

Uletha JonesCongratulations to Uletha M. Jones, a DNP graduate, on being inducted into Genesee Community College's Hall of Fame. Jones currently serves as a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve. She performed two tours of active duty, including deployment to Afghanistan in 2011, where she served as a trauma and intensive care nurse.

Following her graduation, she continued to earn degrees from the University of Rochester School of Nursing, the University of Phoenix and the Duquesne University School of Nursing. Jones is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau and the National League of Nursing.

Jones, who resides in Batavia, currently works at Finger Lakes Community College as an assistant professor of nursing, in addition to working as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Highland Hospital in Rochester and as member of the nursing faculty at Kaplan Test Prep Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

While performing and fulfilling her military duties, Jones has also taught nursing at Pensacola State College in Florida, and worked per diem at several hospitals including Strong Memorial Hospital, the National Naval Medical Center in Maryland and the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton in California.

"(Jones) continues to help others through her work and proudly serves her country," the college said.

Alumna Inducted into University's Century Club

Congratulations to Lois A. McGovern, Nursing 1968, on being inducted into the University's Century Club! The Century Club was established during Duquesne's centennial in 1978 to recognize graduates with exemplary records of professional achievement and service to the University and their communities. Of more than 100,000 alumni since 1878, only 327 have been admitted to its elite ranks. Read more about Lois...

2015 Achievement Award

Congratulations to PhD graduate, Dr. Anne McKibbin, for receiving the 2015 Achievement Award from the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) for her significant contributions made in the advancement of the scientific practice of Forensic Nursing through research and publications. She was honored during the opening session at the IAFN International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice in October.

Alumna Begins Post-doctoral Program

Congratulations to Dr. Tarsha Jones who begins a post-doctoral program at Dan Farber Cancer Institute in Boston in August!

In March 2015, Tarsha defended her dissertation titled "Predictors of Breast Cancer Screening and Cancer Genetic Services Use Among African American Female Breast Cancer Survivors."

2015 Outstanding Nurse

Congratulations to Joanne Redondo, 2012 graduate of the MSN FNP program, on being selected the 2015 Outstanding Nurse by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation!
Read more about Joanne and the award...

Alumna Heads New BSN Program at Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University in Collier County will offer a bachelor's of science degree in nursing starting in the fall of 2015, university president Jim Towey announced Tuesday.

It is the first four-year nursing program in Collier County and was launched with the help of a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor. The Florida Board of Nursing has approved the program.

"We are thrilled that the state of Florida has approved our new program and excited about what this will mean for our students, the future of Ave Maria, and the fulfillment of founder Tom Monaghan's vision," Towey said in a news release announcing the program. "America needs more caring, ethical and competent nurses as the 'age wave' envelops our Nation, and Ave Maria University will now be providing them."

The program will operate under the direction of Denise McNulty, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, ARNP. Originally from Philadelphia, McNulty has resided in the Naples community for the past fourteen years. She is a graduate of Duquesne University's Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and obtained her master's of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor's of science in nursing from Holy Family University, a post-master's in teaching from the University of Pennsylvania, a post-master's in Health Administration from St. Joseph's University, and a post-master's in psychiatric/mental health nursing from Duquesne University. McNulty is a Florida licensed Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with more than twenty-five years of experience in various clinical, teaching, and administrative roles.

Michael Dauphinais, vice president for academic affairs, said that the Nursing program brings to 30 the number of majors offered at Ave Maria, up from 11 in 2011.

Alumna Named American Academy Fellow

Stephanie MarshallThe American Academy of Nursing has inducted Colonel (Ret.) Stephanie A. Marshall, RN, MSN, as a Fellow during the Academy's recent 41th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Assistant Professor Marshall is the Director of Community Partnerships at the UH Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. Read more...

Alumni Win Awards

Congratulations to Bonnie Price, DNP who received the Virginia Lynch Pioneer in Forensic Nursing Award, at the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) conference. This award is the "lifetime achievement" award for this organization and recognizes those individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement, growth, and success of forensic nursing.

Each year a select number of Duquesne alumni who exemplify the Mission of the University in their daily lives are recognized through the Mind, Heart and Spirit Awards. These achievements are not only accomplished through career successes but also through community service and service to others. Congratulations to Michelle J. Kane, BSN for being honored with this award. Michelle is a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Recent Promotion

Dr. Myrna Doumit, PhD alumna, was recently promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the Lebanese American University (LAU) and is currently the Assistant Dean at LAU.

Member of First PhD Cohort Passes Away

It is with sadness that we report the sudden death of Susan M. O'Toole, a graduate of our first PhD cohort. Read more...

Recent Publications

Renee Cantwell (DNP 2011) recently published her DNP capstone project with her colleagues in the latest issue of the NLN's Nursing Education Perspectives - Nursing as an additional language and culture (NALC): Supporting student success in a second-degree nursing program.

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.