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School of Nursing News

Grant Awarded for White Coat Ceremony

The School of Nursing is one of the inaugural schools selected to take part in the Arnold P. Gold Foundation White Coat Ceremony for Nurses, in collaboration with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The ceremony will be held in Fall, 2014.

Arnold P. Gold Foundation logo
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF): As a growing, international not-for-profit organization we have a critical mission: to optimize the experience and outcomes of health care for both patients and practitioners by promoting care that is as humanistic as it is technologically sophisticated. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation works with physicians and nurses in training and in practice, as well as other members of the healthcare team, to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for both patients and professionals. When skilled practitioners build caring, trusting and collaborative relationships with patients, studies reveal more appropriate medical decisions, better patient adherence with treatment plans, and less costly healthcare outcomes. Learn more at www.humanism-in-medicine.org.

School Receives Scholarship Donation

The school received a $1,000 scholarship donation from Nurses Lounge, an online  network for nurses to collaborate, exchange professional advice, and share new ideas. We were awarded this scholarship for haveing achieved 100 members on Nurses Lounge. Sign up today!

Three Faculty Named American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Congratualtions to Dr. Lenore Resick, Dr. Linda Goodfellow and Dr. Rick Zoucha, who will be inducted as fellows during the AAN Conference in October!


International Presentation

Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, professor and dean, presented The Quandary of Leadership Development in the Professional Doctorate Curricula: Exploring Content and Context on April 10 at the fourth International Conference on Professional Doctorates hosted by the UK Council for Graduate Education at Middlesex University in Wales.

Volunteer Program Wins Award

Congratulations to our Retired Nurses Working in Neighborhoods (RN+WIN) program! The RN+WIN program has won a Jefferson Award for being the Best Volunteer Group in the Pittsburgh region. Since 2006, the volunteers of the RN+WIN program have given their time and expertise to providing disease prevention, health promotion and wellness services to the elderly living in Pittsburgh communities. These services are provided in conjunction with the Duquesne University School of Nursing Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults which collaborates with the city of Pittsburgh to provide services in seven CitiParks Senior Centers and three apartment buildings.

School Receives Grant

The Jonas Foundation, The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, has chosen Duquesne University School of Nursing to participate in the Jonas Scholars program for 2014 with a $30,000 grant to support one PhD Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, one PhD Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar, and one DNP Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar. Congratulations to Drs. Alison Colbert and Melissa Kalarchian on their successful grant application!

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Graduate Nursing Program 6th!

The Duquesne University School of Nursing has been ranked No. 6 in the nation among the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News and World Report. Read more...

Staff  Award Winner

Kate DeLucaCongratulations to Kate DeLuca for receiving the 2013 Duquesne University Consumer Services Award!

Cameos of Caring® Awards

Leah CunninghamCongratulations to Leah Vota Cunningham, recipient of the 2013 Cameos of Caring® Nurse Educator Award!

Other alumni awardees:
Donate Life Award - Cynthia Valenta, MSN 1993
Case Manager Award
  Anita Yvonne Tutek, BSN 1981
  Patricia Jozwiak, BSN 1989
  Isabel MacKinney-Smith, BSN 1981
Nurse Educator Award - Mary Lou Bost, BSN 1968

Nurse-Managed Wellness Center Receives Proclamation

The Nurse-Managed Wellness Center received a proclamation from Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's office during National Senior's Week in recognition of their work in the Senior Centers.

NMWC Proclamation

Japanese Professors Focus on Forensic Nursing at Duquesne

Five members of the nursing faculty from The Japanese Red Cross Kyushu International College of Nursing came to campus last week to learn about the forensic nursing program at Duquesne's School of Nursing. Read more...

Japanese visitors

School Receives HRSA Grant

Congratulations to Leah Cunningham for her HRSA Grant Award, The Nurse Faculty Loan Program, which will greatly benefit our graduate students!

NFLP Background
Since 2003, the School of Nursing has received grant block HRSA funding for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). The purpose of NFLP is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty to facilitate education of the nurses needed to address the nursing workforce shortage by providing funding to schools of nursing to support the establishment and operation of a NFLP loan fund.

Participating schools of nursing make loans from the fund to assist registered nurses in completing their graduate education to become qualified nurse faculty. The program offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers that graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time. According to guidelines of the Affordable Care Act, funding priority will be awarded to School of Nursing Student Loans that supports doctoral nursing students. Eligible applicants are accredited collegiate schools of nursing that offer an advanced nursing degree program(s) that prepare graduates to enter nurse faculty roles.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), acting through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is authorized to enter into an agreement with the school and make an award to the school in the form of a Federal Capital Contribution (FCC). The school must use the FCC to establish a distinct account called the NFLP fund. The school is required to deposit an Institutional Capital Contribution (ICC) that is equal to no less than one-ninth of the FCC. The account may only be used to make loans to graduate nursing students who agree to meet the requirements of the NFLP and for the costs associated with the collection of the loans and the interest on the loans.

Participating schools make NFLP loans from the loan fund to eligible doctoral (DNP and PhD) nursing students to complete their nursing education programs. Students may receive NFLP loans up to $35,500 per academic year for a maximum of five years to support the cost of tuition, fees, books, laboratory expenses and other reasonable education expenses. Following graduation from the nursing program, the nursing school will cancel up to 85 percent of the loan principal and interest in exchange for the loan recipient's service as a full-time nursing faculty at a school of nursing, with a certain percentage cancelled each year for up to four years..

The School of Nursing has received increasing amounts of funding each year and last year (2012) received $653,791.00 for which we were able to fund 56 (53%) of our doctoral students (PhD and DNP). The university contributed $72,643.00 as the non-federal share/ICC. In 2012, Duquesne's award was the highest award in Pennsylvania and the 11th highest in the nation. Many of our applicants choose Duquesne because of our participation in the NFLP program. This year the School of Nursing once again received the highest award in PA and the 11th highest in the nation.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholarships

Duquesne University School of Nursing has again received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) through its New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. The $50,000 grant consists of 5 - $10,000 scholarships awarded to Second Degree BSN students who meet the criteria: underrepresented in nursing and/or financial need. The RWJF NCIN Scholars' program focuses on the recruitment, retention, mentoring, leadership development of underrepresented students.