School of Nursing News
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...
University Welcomes Record-Breaking Incoming Class
The largest incoming class in University history - 1,550 students - started classes this week!
Program Receives Award
Congratulations to Leni Resick and Maureen Leonardo whose RN+WIN Program received the 2013 Jefferson Award which is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Highmark, BNY Mellon and The Pittsburgh Foundation. For more information about the RN+WIN Program, contact Penny Johnson at 412-396-1845 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New BSN Curriculum Starting Fall 2013
The School of Nursing will implement a newly revised curriculum for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing in June, the revised BSN program includes new courses and will have focus areas in acute care, technology and ethics as well as a community-based component. 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.
Scholarship in Honor of Beloved Nurse
Family, friends and coworkers of Linda Peterson have established a scholarship in her name at the Duquesne University School of Nursing and have crossed the halfway mark in their goal to raise $50,000. Read more...
The School of Nursing is proud to announce the approval of our new BSN curriculum from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
Faculty Present at NONPF Annual Meeting
Several faculty members presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). The meeting, titled "Bridging Innovation Across NP Education" was held in Pittsburgh in April.
The following faculty were presenters:
- Dr. Mary Elizabeth Guimond - "Using the Virtual Community of Dusonburgh to Bridge Competencies Throughout the NP Curriculum"
- Infuse It! Symposium:
- Dr. Denise Lucas "Infuse It: Research
- Dr. Rebecca Kronk "Infuse It: Genetics
- Dr. Luann Richardson "Infuse It: Mental Health"
- Dr. Rosemary Donley "Infuse It: Social Justice"
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.
Ranked Among the Top 50 Most Social Media Friendly Nursing School for 2012
The staff at Nursing-School.com literally spent countless hours evaluating hundreds of nursing schools to find out which ones have the strongest social media presence. The scores take into account both the number of followers and the amount of activity on the three most popular sites: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as the number of followers on LinkedIn. Read more...
Ranks Graduate Nursing Program 7th!
See the complete list and read the methodology for the ranking.
The Nurse-Managed Wellness Center (NMWC) becomes a Contributor Choice Agency with United Way of Allegheny County
In 2012, the Nurse-Managed Wellness Center became a new Contributor Choice agency for the United Way of Allegheny County. The NMWC meets the mission statement by providing disease prevention, health promotion, and wellness services to community dwelling vulnerable older adults in Allegheny County. Contributions to the Duquesne University School of Nursing NMWC can be made through the United Way of Allegheny County by directing your United Way donation to Contributor Choice agency (#11014206) or writing in The Duquesne University School of Nursing Nurse-Managed Wellness Center.
Read more about the United Way of Allegheny County