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Alumni News and Events

Grant Awarded for Breast Cancer Reseaqrch

Alumna, Tarsha Jones, RN, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently received a $182,812 diversity supplement grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), http://ow.ly/pFZl30jcED6

Alumna Published Book

Congratulations to Dr. Joyce (Chmil) Victor, 2014 PhD alumna, on her book "Your're Not Dead 'til I Say You're Dead: A Nurse's Reflections on Death, Dying, and the Near-Death Experience." Dr. Victor works at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Alumna Reunites with Patient after 33 Years

Mary Canny (N'72) worked in the field of oncology until she retired in 2015. Recently, a patient that she treated in 1984 as a teenage was selling jewelry to a stranger, whom Mary knew. Details were exchanged and a reunion was set up. View the video of their reunion

Alumna Receives Award

Amanda LeBretonAmanda LeBreton, BSN, a 2016 graduate, was recognized by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Shadyside Hospital with an "Above and Beyond Award" in 2017. This award recognizes staff for their commitment to outstanding, compassionate patient care that exceeds the UPMC expectations.

Amanda was nominated by the daughter of a patient she cared for as the patient was very ill when she arrived on Amanda's nursing unit. This award is truly an honor acknowledging the exceptional nursing care that Amanda provides to her patients.


Congratulations to alumna Myrna Abi Abdallah Doumit, PhD, MPH, BSN on being named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing!

Pictured at left are Dr. Joan Lockhart and Dr. Myrna Doumit.

The New Face of Nursing

Read about alumna Renee Very, who cares for veterans at the VA Hospital in Oakland in the Same Day Surgery unit.

2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Dr. Renee Gilhousen (PhD 2017), whose dissertation, "The Lived Experience of Individuals Living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) While Residing in a Rural Region of Northern Appalachia" was selected as recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award in the category for Pharmacy, Health Sciences and Nursing.

Alumna Accepted as Fellow

Congratulations to 2006 PhD graduate (and PMC in Nursing Education) Dr. Myrna Doumit for being accepted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, effective October 2017.

Dr. Doumit is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Lebanon.
She has made major contributions in shaping oncology nursing and cancer care in Lebanon through her consistent efforts in scholarship and service.

Alumna Becomes Department Chair

Maryanne CappCongratulations to Maryanne Capp, DNP, RN, the new Department Chair in Nursing at Wheeling Jesuit University!
Dr. Capp has been a nursing faculty member at Wheeling Jesuit University since 2012. She began her nursing career in 1977 after graduating from the Washington Hospital School of Nursing. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from WJU in 2000, Master of Science in Nursing Education from Marshall University in 2007, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Duquesne University in 2016.

Alumni Publication

Article written by alums Linda W. Higgins, PhD, RN and Susan C. Martin, MSN, RN
"Hospital Nurses’ Work Activity in a Technology-Rich Environment"

National Association of Veterans' Programs Administrators Conference

At the annual NAVPA (National Association of Veterans' Programs Administrators) conference, Lee Wagner and Alexis Weaver had the opportunity to meet with SON Alumna, Noelle Davis, and current RN-BSN student, Thomas Collins. Noelle is an Ensign in the Navy and is stationed at Balboa Naval Hospital and Tom works at the UCSD Medical Center. It was great connecting with these two!


Lee Wagner, Alexis Weaver, Noelle Davis and Thomas Collins.

Alumna's Poster Wins Award at ENRS

Congratulations to Caroline McDermott, BSN graduate, who placed first in the Ph.D. Peer-Reviewed Poster category at the ENRS conference. Her poster was titled "The Feasibility of ActivPAL and ActiGraph in Measuring Weight-bearing Activity in People with

School of Nursing Magazine

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Donation to the Nursing Lab

The School of Nursing Alumni Association recently purchased a bench for the new Learning and Simulation Center. The bench was unveiled at the grand opening in November 2015. According to students, the bench is "sturdy and comfortable" and they are "very pleased to have it." Thank you Alumni Association!


Alumna Becomes President of the NLN

Anne R. Bavier

At its annual business meeting, the National League for Nursing announced that Anne R. Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN, assumed the presidency, the anticipated conclusion to her board service these past two years as president-elect. Dr. Bavier will serve as the League's president until 2017.

"Every other year, I have the pleasure of welcoming a new president and president-elect to lead the NLN, and I consider it a privilege to now congratulate Dr. Anne Bavier and Dr. G. Rumay Alexander, said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. "Among the nation's pre-eminent leaders in nursing education, Anne brings to the NLN her extraordinary vision, commitment, and record of success. Like any Texan, Ann thinks and acts in a big way. That's why we know we can count on her game-changing perspective to help guide the League in preparing a diverse, outstanding nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community."

In her inaugural address, Dr. Bavier emphasized her commitment to ensuring that nurse educators have access to the best resources, the most current research, the newest techniques, and the encouragement needed to create the best teaching-learning environments. She called for nursing educators to expand their mutual horizons through international dialogue and to embrace the power to serve students online as well as through face-to-face exchanges.

"Our dedication to nurse educators, and to the pivotal role they play in human health, distinguishes the National League for Nursing from other organizations," Dr. Bavier said. "I am deeply honored to lead this prestigious body, one built upon generations of leaders whose efforts were relentless in advancing nursing practice through excellence in nursing education."

Anne R. Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN, who has served the NLN as a governor at-large and as BOG secretary, takes the helm as NLN president, transitioning from president-elect, a position she's held since her election in 2013. Dr. Bavier is a nationally recognized health care leader who has held the top posts at top-ranked universities and at the National Institutes of Health. Prior to being appointed dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation in April 2014, she was dean of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing (2007-2011) and dean of nursing at Saint Xavier University (2004-2007) in Chicago.

Dissertation Honorable Mention

Alumna Dr. Tarsha Jones has been awarded an Honorable Mention at the University level for her dissertation, "Predictors of Breast Cancer Screening and Cancer Genetic Services Use Among Young African American Female Breast Cancer Survivors: A Secondary Data Analysis", completed under the guidance of her Committee Chair, Dr. Joan Lockhart.

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...