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Faculty Accepted into NLN's Lead Institute

Dr. Linda KoharchikDr. Linda Koharchik was accepted into the NLN's Lead Institute. Lead is a 1-year leadership development program designed for the nurse educator who has experienced a rapid transition to a leadership position or aspires to lead.

During this year-long program, a cohort of peers examines organizational systems and leadership processes focusing on strategic planning, building high performance teams, financial management, and developing a personal career plan to advance in organizational leadership. Throughout the program participants will be encouraged to individually grow and the program fosters interactions within the cohort. Specific objectives include:

  • Examine key issues in organizational dynamics
  • Identify ways to develop effective high performing teams
  • Develop the art of negotiation and communication within groups
  • Create a five-year, focused career plan
  • Implement an individual plan for leadership development
  • Utilize an executive coach

Leading Lady of Pittsburgh Award

Congratulations to Sr. Rosemary Donley for being named a "Leading Lady" of Pittsburgh. Sr. Rosemary was honored by Oakland Catholic High School for her many contributions to nursing education and healthcare.

Sr. Donley-Leading Lady Award

Sr. Donley and faculty at the "Leading Lady" gala.

Dean Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Congratulations to Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow for being chosen as the 2013 Distinguished Alumni from Gwynedd-Mercy College!

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest alumni honor that Gwynedd-Mercy College bestows upon an outstanding alumna or alumnus. The award salutes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose "personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater."

ETD Leadership Award

Congratulations to Dr. Linda Goodfellow who has been selected for the 2013 ETD Leadership Award. The award will be given at the ETD 2013 Symposium in Hong Kong on September 23-26, 2013.

The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is an international organization that, through leadership and innovation, promotes the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations. The NDLTD encourages and supports the efforts of institutes of higher education and their communities to develop electronic publishing and digital libraries (including repositories), thus enabling them to share knowledge more effectively in order to unlock the potential benefits worldwide.

  • Institutions of higher education will develop their own ETD programs by adopting the submission, collection and archiving of electronic theses and dissertations to their own and to international digital libraries and repositories
  • We will support the Open Access movement
  • Institutions of higher education and their communities will become aware of the benefits of ETDs, including:facilitation of the writing process for students, increased speed of sharing research methods and results, improved distribution of research methods and results through electronic publication and archiving, leading to improved graduate education and scholarship, and reduced costs of printing, processing and storage

Poster Receives National Attention

Congratulations to Dr. Leni Resick and her colleague, Dr. Joyce Knestrick of Frontier University, on the attention they received for their poster presentation "Health and the Natural Gas Industry: What Every NP Needs to Know" at the AANP Conference. Their work was also highlighted on the Clinical Advisor!

Cover Article Published

Congratulations to Dr. Betsy Guimond and Dr. Khlood Salman for their cover article, "Modesty Matters: Cultural Sensitivity and Cervical Cancer Prevention in Muslim Women in the United States" in the most recent edition of Nursing for Women's Health!

Book Published

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Congratulations to Dr. Alicia Culleiton and Dr. Yvonne Weideman on their upcoming  book publishing. NCLEX-RN Flash Review features more than 600 terms and concepts that are commonly tested on the NCLEX-RN exam. This portable, quick-review study guide goes beyond just facts and definitions and delves into actual nursing processes. It's the perfect companion to any NCLEX-RN study plan and gives you the intensive review you need for test success!


CEU Publications

Congratulations to Dr. Alicia Culleiton and Dr. Yvonne Weideman for their recent CEU publications!
Dr. Culleiton authored "What is Evidence-Based Practice" which will be available via Western Schools Continuing Education Courses* by the end of the month. This is a 2 credit CEU.

Both Drs. Culleiton and Wiedeman authored the CE publication "Arterial Blood Gases: A Systematic and Easy Approach" published also by the Western Schools and will be available for completion in the next couple of months. This is a 2 credit CEU.

If anyone would like to complete the CEUs or see a copy, please contact Dr. Culleiton.

*Western Schools is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

Book Published

NCLEX-RN: Power PracticeDr. Alicia Culleiton and Dr. Yvonne Weideman published the book titled "NCLEX-RN: Power Practice." This book offers what every candidate preparing for the NCLEX-RN Exam is looking for - powerful practice. With three practice tests that mirror the actual exam, NCLEX-RN: Power Practice offers the comprehensive preparation needed to pass the NCLEX-RN and secure a job as a registered nurse. It includes THREE comprehensive practice exams in the book plus FREE access to innovative NCLEX-RN mobile flashcards.

Faculty Receives Honorary Degree

Sr. Rosemay DonleyCongratulations to Sr. Rosemary Donley who received an Honorary Doctor in Humane Letters from Seton Hall University College of Nursing at the College's Diamond Jubilee Celebration. Sr. Donley was instrumental in helping Seton Hall charter their Sigma Theta Tau honor society and a key advisor in helping to launch their PhD in Nursing program.

American Journal of Nursing's Book of the Year

Legal Issues Confronting Today’s Nursing FacultyDean Mary Ellen Glasgow, Dr. Michael Dreher, Associate Professor, Drexel University, and Carl Oxholm III, President of Arcadia University, and a higher education attorney won the prestigious 2012 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award, 1st place in the Nursing Education category for their book, "Legal Issues Confronting Today’s Nursing Faculty" which is aimed at developing nursing faculty’s legal knowledge.

Book Receives 5-Star Review

Role Development for Doctoral Advanced Nursing PracticeDr. Mary Ellen Glasgow's book "Role Development for Doctoral Advanced Nursing Practice" has received a 2013 5-Star Review from Doody's scoring a perfect 100 score. Only 8% of medical books reviewed by Doody's receive this highest rating. The book was also the 2011 AJN Book of the Year.

Here is the official Doody's review:

Kathleen M. Woodruff, RN, MS, CRNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)

This book explores the historical and evolving role of the new doctoral advanced practice registered nurse (DAPRN). The multiple authors add to the richness of the book, presenting diverse views of faculty, executives, practitioners, and scholars.

The authors describe the current role issues of the DAPRN and reflect on a wide range of ideals and concerns. This book is the first to exclusively examine the evolving and expanding role functions of the DNP graduate. The authors do an excellent job.

This is intended for use by DNP prepared nurses and DNP students, as well as faculty of DNP programs. This book should provide insight into DNP role development courses and courses covering contemporary DNP issues.

The book focuses on presenting a stimulating and provocative discussion of issues important to DNP education, core competencies, and evolving role development. The first section details the historical background related to the development of the DNP role and how it differs from the masters and PhD degrees. The second section describes and expands on four of the basic roles of the DNP graduate.
The final section reviews important competencies such as leadership, technology, and negotiation skills. The reflective responses are a wonderful component of the book, providing valuable commentary that either supports or challenges the opinions of each chapter author(s).

This is a unique book that will be valuable to both graduate students and professional advanced practice nurses. Since the role of the DNP graduate is evolving, this is an important contribution to the field. It focuses on the developing discussion of practice and graduate degrees in the field of nursing and provides up-to-date information about the evolving and expanding roles of DNP graduate nurses.

Faculty to Present National Webinar

Dr. Rebecca Kronk will be presenting a national webinar on Fragile X Associated Disorders with Dr. Robyn Filipink on Feb 20th, 2-3 pm EST. The webinar is sponsored by the ARC of the United States and the CDC as a health awareness event for the HealthMeet project.

Two Faculty Members Appointed New Gaultier Fellows

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Kronk and. Dr. Yvonne Weideman!  In support of its commitment to service-learning, Duquesne has announced the creation of a new fellowship for University faculty. The first Gaultier Fellows-named in honor of the late Spiritan, the Rev. Mathurin Gaultier, C.S.Sp.,-will begin their appointments during the 2012-13 academic year. Read more about the Gaultier Fellows.

2012 Cameos of Caring

Dr. Joan Such Lockhart at Cameos of CaringCongratulations to Dr. Joan Such Lockhart, recipient of the 2012 Cameos of Caring Nurse Educator Award.

Other alumni awardees include:
Nurse Educator Award
Wendeline J. Grbach, MSN 2002 - UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing

General Award
Shelley M. Grubbs, BSN 1991 - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Heinz Division

Jenna Rose Jasek, BSN 2009 - UPMC McKeesport

Edward Monroe, BSN 1997 - UPMC Mercy

Nursing Professor Earns Distinguished NLN Fellowship

The National League for Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education has selected Dr. Joan Such Lockhart as one of its prestigious fellows in recognition of her many contributions to nursing education. Read more...

Faculty Presents at the Boom & Bust Conference

Dr. Lenore ResickDr. Lenore Resick presented her study "The Meaning of Health among Mid-Appalachian Women within the Context of the Environment" at the Boom & Bust conference, Nov. 12-13. The conference, co-sponsored by Duquesne's Institute for Energy and the Environment and Penn State University, explored practical and research based cyclical impacts of extraction industries on local economic, social and health issues.  Listen to an interview of Dr. Resick (scroll down to "Study Looks at Appalachian Women, Drilling, and Health")

Faculty is Keynote Speaker at International Conference

Dr. Leni Resick was the keynote speaker on Nurse Managed Wellness Centers (NMWC) at the 9th International Conference of the Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul University, Korea in May 2012. She was invited because of her role as Director of the School of Nursing's NMWC, which is among the longest sustainable academic nurse-managed wellness centers in the United States. She was the only person from the United States at this conference. The audience included nurses from Mongolia, the Phillipines, Thailand, Singapore, China, HongKong, and other Asian counties. Other speakers at this international conference included Dr. Diana Lee, HongKong Chinese University, Hongkong, China; Dr. Yu Liu Peking University, China; and Dr. Misoon Song, Seoul National University.

Dr. Resick and fellow speakers

Faculty Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Simko who has won the university's Creative Teaching Award for her use of simulation in teaching senior nursing students. The purpose of these awards is to recognize faculty members who have implemented innovative ways of teaching and have assessed the impact on student learning. The innovation may have been used at other institutions or in other fields, but must be newly adapted to Duquesne.

2013 Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award

Weideman and Walters CTE AwardDr. Yvonne Weideman and Dr. Cindy Walters have been selected as recipients of the Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award for 2013 for their innovative pedagogy, The Virtual Clinic. This innovation is important for several reasons:

  1. the scarcity of appropriate maternal/child/pediatric clinical sites
  2. the ability to standardize the simulated clinical experience to enhance and measure student learning
  3. the ability to tailor maternal/child health needs so students can provide culturally appropriate risk reduction strategies and interventions to parents and caregivers
  4. ease of use/functionality of the technology
  5. affordability
  6. the ability to replicate and adapt to other majors

Research Study Receives Funding

Congratulations to Dr. Rick Zoucha, PI, along with co-investigators Yinka Agana-Williams (Director of AJAPO), Kathy Mayle and Shirley Smith. Their proposal, Promoting Health and Health Care Access in the African and Afro-Caribbean Community: A Participatory Action Research Study, was selected for funding via The State of Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (C.U.R.E.) Program (Tobacco Settlement Act).