School of Nursing News
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
Congratulations to Kate DeLuca for receiving the 2013 Duquesne University Consumer Services Award!
Cameos of Caring® Awards
Congratulations 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.
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...
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!
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.