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Kate DeLucaCongratulations to Kate DeLuca, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, who has been accepted to the 2017 NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education's Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs.

25 Years of Service at Duquesne

A dinner was recently held for faculty and staff with 25 years of service!

25 years

Karen Bova, Dr. Linda Goodfellow, Maureen Leonardo, Leah Cunningham, Dr. Lynn Simko, President Gormley, and Dr. Joan Such Lockhart

$10,000 BAYADA Award Winners

Congratulations to Yvonne Weideman, Joan Lockhart, Marie Panas and colleagues at Ashland University who will receive The 2016 BAYADA Award for Technological Innovation in Health Care Education for their virtual simulation to enhance cultural competency. The BAYADA Award for Technological Innovation in Health Care Education recognizes health care providers who have made significant contributions to education through the development or adoption of new technologies. Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions facilitates the award of $10,000 for an innovation in Health Care Education. Read the press release...

Bayada Award

Creative Teaching Award Winners

Creative Teaching AwardCongratulations to Dr. Melanie Turk and Dr. Alison Colbert who implemented a low-fidelity simulation for students in UPNS 114 Service Learning: Health in Communities. The project, "Building Empathy: Using Simulation to Help Nursing Students Understand the Experience of Poverty," is an innovative, low-cost, and powerful teaching methodology to increase empathy for the lived experience of socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals. Drs. Turk and Colbert have implemented mini-simulations where students experience the life of a socioeconomically disadvantaged person or family. Students experience first-hand the barriers, frustrations, and fears associated with living in poverty in this simulated exercise. This is the fourth consecutive year that a SON faculty member has won this award!

College Choice Ranks Duquesne No. 16 Best Online Master's in Nursing

Duquesne has again been recognized by independent college search and rankings website College Choice, which has ranked the University at No. 16 among its 2016 Best Online Master's Programs in Nursing. The School of Nursing jumped 10 spots from its No. 26 ranking in this category by College Choice in 2015.

"As early pioneers in online education, the nursing faculty remain committed to preparing our students with relevant online pedagogies, stretching students to address clinical problems and find solutions to pressing national and global health care challenges," said Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, dean and professor of nursing at Duquesne University. "We are very proud to be recognized again for our efforts in online education."

For its methodology, College Choice considered factors including academic reputation, acceptance rate, tuition and average graduate earnings. The website utilized data collected directly from school websites, U.S. News and World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics and Payscale.com, among other available sources.

"Online learning provides significant flexibility both in schedule and in terms of locations, as one can live in one state while earning a degree in another," states College Choice on its website. "We have compiled our 2016 ranking of Best Online Master's Programs in Nursing to help those...looking to earn a degree in nursing while currently employed."

2015 Cameos of Caring

Congratulations to Duquesne University School of Nursing instructor Debra Lewis, recipient of the 2015 Cameos of Caring Award!

The Cameos of Caring are designed to honor excellence in care, empathy and compassion among nurses and nurse educators in the southwestern Pennsylvania area.

Deb Lewis

The School of Nursing helped Deb celebrate:

SON at Cameos

L to R: Marie Panas, Dr. Lynn Simko, Jeannine Demblowski, Deb Lewis, Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, Sr. Mary Meyers, Sr. Rosemary Donley and Rosanna Henry

Dr. Sekula Publishes Book

Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Sekula on her recent book!

A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing: Incorporating Forensic Principles Into Nursing Practice
By: by Angela F. Amar (Author), L. Kathleen Sekula (Author)

book signingVictims of violence are unfortunately ever-present in healthcare today. Regardless of the setting, nurses are often the first to interact with victims and regularly must step into uncomfortable or difficult situations. To ensure patient and provider safety and enable the best possible outcomes, every nurse should be well-versed in forensic and theoretical issues of violence. A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing is an evidence-based guide to understanding and applying forensic nursing science. Authors Angela F. Amar and L. Kathleen Sekula introduce practical and theoretical perspectives on violence and provide valuable resources, including injury assessment and violence prevention strategies as well as an overview of relevant legal, ethical, societal, and policy issues. Whether you are a student, new nurse, or experienced clinician, you will find the right tools and strategies to broaden your understanding of violence and help you integrate forensic science into your patient care.

School Sponsors Award

ISONG research awardThe School of Nursing sponsored the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) 2015 Research Award at the annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The recipient was Kosuke Niitsu, PhD student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, "Genetic Influence on Resilience to Potentially Traumatic Events."

Twenty-six current nursing students also attended the event.

ISONG students

NLN Leadership Institute

Congratulations to Rosanna Henry and Susan Hardner who were accepted in the highly competitive NLN Leadership Institutes!

Rosanna HenryRosanna was accepted into the NLN's 2016 Executive Leadership in Nursing Education and Practice Program. This program is part of the NLN Leadership Institute in the Center for Transformational Leadership, which focuses on leadership development for nurse educators who are already in leadership positions and aspire to advance and increase their impact as a leader.

Susan HardnerSusan was accepted into 2016 NLN LEAD Program. LEAD is part of the NLN Leadership Institute in the Center for Transformational Leadership, which focuses on leadership development for nurses in education and practice who aspire to lead.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Summit Finale

Duquesne faculty with Willa Cotten, an NCIN Scholar.

RWJF finale
Dr. Yvonne Weideman, Willa Cotten, Dr. Mary Kay Loughran, and Dr. Joan Such Lockhart

Duquesne University and Ashland University School of Nursing faculty were awarded an NCIN Innovation Grant, one of four grants in the nation.

RWJF finale
Drs. Joan Such Lockhart, Yvonne Weideman, Lisa Young (DNP alumna) and Faye Grund (PhD Alumna)

Former Dean Publishes Book

"Like many Americans, I thought slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. Nothing could be further from the truth. Today, millions of people live in misery, forced into agricultural labor, sweat shops, domestic servitude, child soldiering, or the sex trade. They live in appalling conditions of filth and deprivation, are routinely subjected to violence, and are largely invisible to health care professionals who should be able to recognize, treat, and refer them for long-term help in rebuilding their shattered lives. We see a "prostitute" instead of a victim of exploitation. We see a "bad kid" instead of a little child who was raped at home and then repeatedly on the street-exploited by a pimp she has come to believe is the only person in the world who cares about her."

This book is designed to raise awareness and provide helpful information to nurses with the hope that they will be better able to help one of the most vulnerable populations, women and children trapped in the global sex trade. Most of the case studies are derived from stories of real people whose privacy is protected by camouflaging their identifying information.

Mary de Chesnay, DSN, was the dean of the School of Nursing from 1994-2002.

2014 Staff Award Winner

Congratulations to Joe Seidel, Director of Technology, on receiving the 2014 Innovation Award!

Seidel is responsible for several significant technological changes in the nursing school this year, including implementing the technology, training nursing faculty and staff, and providing ongoing support of the software and hardware. His expertise and patience were key to organizing more than 900 computerized exams on laptops and in computer labs as well as supporting mandatory electronic textbooks and iPads for undergraduate students, staff and faculty. Seidel has also traveled to numerous off-campus community sites. Read more...

Dr. Dougherty and Mr. Seidel
Dr. Charles Dougherty and Mr. Joe Seidel

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Graduate Nursing Program 9th

The Duquesne University School of Nursing has been ranked No. 9 in the nation among the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News and World Report. Read more...

Three Faculty Named American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Congratualtions to Dr. Lenore Resick, Dr. Linda Goodfellow and Dr. Rick Zoucha, who were inducted as fellows during the AAN Conference on October 18, 2014!

FAANs-2014

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!

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!