2013 Mamie Garland Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to Duquesne University students Autumn Ficklin, Charisse Skinner and University of Pittsburgh student, Cassandra Tavares!
Students' Article Published
Congratulations to our sophomore students Allison Gilmore, Emma Kaizer, Blake Roach, Samantha Buffalini, Katie Elliot, and Marguerite Dickenson! Their article "Applying Holistic Health Care in the Workplace" is on the Oncology Nursing Society's web site!
Student Wins NCLEX Review Course
BSN graduate Brittany Rodgers was the winner of a 30-day online NCLEX Review Course sponsored by AfterCollege & Hurst Services. The course was awarded to one graduating nursing student from each nursing program Career Network on aftercollege.com.
Student NP of the Year
Congratulations to FNP student Valerie Machajewksi, who was chosen as the Student NP of Year by the NP Association of Southwestern PA. This is a competition among all the NP schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
NLN Education Summit
Congratulations to doctoral student Lisa Whitfield-Harris who has been selected as one of the 2013 Doctoral Students for the NLN Education Summit! She will attend the "Becoming a Researcher in Nursing Education" special session for Doctoral Students and moderate/introduce the speakers at two Summit concurrent session.
Students Win Awards at Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium
Undergraduate research, creativity and achievements was exhibited at the annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium (URSS) on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
Now in its fifth year, the symposium has grown since its inaugural year, which included just over 40 entries, to this year with more than 106 entries and more than 160 participants.
School of Nursing Undergraduate Research Award winners:
- "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" by Lauren Jenkins, Morgan Leaventon, Shannon Mickey, Kaitlin O'Dell, Kerri Pavlik, Maggie Qualey, Rachel Stoyanoff, Elizabeth Visco
- "Becoming Clinically Competent Nurses through Community Based Research" by Lauren Jenkins, Morgan Leaventon, Shannon Mickey, Kaitlin O'Dell, Kerri Pavlik, Maggie Qualey, Rachel Stoyanoff, Elizabeth Visco
BSN Class of 2012 Donates Sign
The BSN Class of 2012 has donated this sign to the School of Nursing. It is hung on the landing of the stairs leading to the school. Thank you for such a beautiful sign!
Second Degree Nursing Scholarship 2012-13
5 Second Degree Nursing students each received a $6,000 Duquesne University Scholarship for their 1-year BSN nursing program.
Graduate Students Awarded the JHF Jonas Salk Fellowship
Congratulations to Mary Kay Loughran, DNP student, and Ruth Irwin, PhD student, on becoming Jonas Salk Fellows! The Jonas Salk Fellowship is an educational program of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. The Fellowship is a unique educational program that brings together students from a diverse array of health-related graduate programs throughout the region to discuss paramount issues confronting health, health care and our society. This year, the Jonas Salk Fellowship will focus on cultivating leadership skills through a series of sessions on topics ranging from creating transparency to improving organizational performance.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholarships
Five nursing students in the Second Degree BSN program were awarded an academic scholarship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant is administered through the foundation's New Careers in Nursing scholarship program and is the third year that the School of Nursing has received funding. The School of Nursing is among only 55 nursing schools in the nation, and one of only two in the state, to be awarded this competitive scholarship.
Mikayla Osborne, Janet Adu Frimpong, David Rueda, Willa Cotton and Akilah Scott
PhD Student Receives Fellowship
Congratulations to Ruth Irwin, PhD student, on being accepted for the 2012 -2013 Jonas Salk Fellowship!
Graduate Nursing Students Gain Transcultural Perspectives in Rome
This summer, 12 graduate nursing students took advantage of a study-abroad opportunity in Rome, Italy, to gain firsthand experience of nursing and health care from a different cultural perspective.
Student Receives Award
Congratulations Kristin Lanpear, an MSN Family Nurse Practitioner student, for receiving the Outstanding NP Student Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.
Student Awarded Scholarship
Molly Swanson, Second Degree student, received the Major Helen Humenansky Scholarship from the Sisters of St. Francis Portiuncula Foundation. Founded in 2003, the Portiuncula Foundation supports efforts to advance health and well-being in communities where the Sisters of St. Francis live and work.
Students Participate in SPIRIT Leaders Program
Eight School of Nursing students participated in the 2012 SPIRIT Emerging Leaders Program. The program is designed to help provide students with a foundation for leadership and prepare them to assume active roles in campus organizations, their community and in a professional workplace. Throughout the semester, participants were given the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills, further their knowledge of the University and network with current student leadeers as well as University Administrators. The students were:
Kristen Best, Melissa Coulter, Brendan Crowley, Jill Hildenbrand, Samelia Johnson, Morgan Leaventon, Lauren Mongelluzzo and Megan Tiernan.
Student Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Scholarship
Tara Dowling is one of only four in the country to be honored... Read more
Student Elected to Student Nurses' Association of PA (SNAP) Board
Congratulation to Carolyn McDermott, sophomore nursing student, was elected to the Student Nurses' Association of PA (SNAP) board as Greater Pittsburgh Regional Coordinator at the annual SNAP convention.
Pittsburgh Foundation Awards Scholarships to Seven Nursing Students
The scholarships were awarded through two separate endowments: The William Henry Fitch Memorial Trust Fund and the Sheena M. Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Students Receive Funding for Dissertations
Congratulations to Faye Grund, PhD Student, for being awarded a grant from the Ohio Nurses' Foundation to conduct her dissertation study titled Predictors of Health Promoting Lifestyles of Baccalaureate Nursing Students.
Congratulations to Barbara Conn, PhD student, for received funding from Shawnee State University for her dissertation study entitled, The Timing of Crisis Intervention with Adult Victims of Violent Crime.
FNP Student Recognized
Congratulations to graduating FNP student Kacey Boyle for being recognized as the Outstanding NP Student by the SouthWestern PA Nurse Practitioners Association
Awards and Scholarships
Family Nurse Practitioner student, Kristin Lanphear, received the Outstanding NP Student Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (southwestern Pennsylvania).
Miranda McNicoll received a 2012 PocketNurse Scholarship. Pocket Nurse is a distributor of medical supplies and equipment for Education and Simulation worldwide.
Molly Swanson received the Major C. Humenansky Nursing Scholarhip form the Potiuncula Foundation, which supports efforts to advance health and well-being in communities where the Sisters of St. Francis live and work.
Congratulations to Susan Strouse, PhD student, for her recent presentation at the AACN BSN Education Conference!
Bappert, K., & Strouse, S. (November, 2010). Use of Second Life (c) with On-Site and Distance Learners in a BSN Program. AACN 2010 Baccalaureate Education Conference, Orlando FL.
Joyce Victor-Chmil, PhD student
Victor-Chmil, J. (2013, January/February). Critical thinking versus clinical reasoning versus clinical judgment: Differential diagnosis.Nurse Educator. 38(1), 34-36.
Patrice Price, FNP Student
Trish is an author on the first publication of a research study, “Assessing Readiness for Nurse Implementation of Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT),” to be published December 2011 in Qualitative Health Research.
Carolyn Cutilli and Cindy Schaefer, PhD students:
Cutilli, C.C. (2010). Patient education corner. Seeking health information: what sources do your patients use? Orthopaedic Nursing, 29(3), 214-9.
Cutilli, C.C. & Schaefer, C.T. (2011). Health literacy assessment and practice. In V. Hirth, D. Wieland, & M. Dever-Bumba (Eds.), Case-based geriatrics: A global approach (pp. 137-153). New York: McGraw-Hill Medical.
Rachel Joseph, PhD student
Her manuscript, Tracheostomy in Infants: Parent Education for Home Care, was accepted for publication in the July/August 2011 issue of Neonatal Network.
Mary Polito, DNP student
Polito, M.Z., Thompson, J.W.G., Defina, P.A. (2010). A review of the International Brain Research Foundation novel approach to mild traumatic brain injury presented at the International Conference on Behavioral Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 22(9), 504-509.
Mary Polito, DNP student
Co-authored with colleagues for The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 23: 1391–1399, 2009. The New Neuroscience Frontier: Promoting Neuroplasticity and Brain Repair in Traumatic Brain Injury.
Sally Bennett, PhD student:
Bennett, S., Raupers, D., Hick, M., & Schoener, L. (2009). One hospitals "peanutty" path to Magnet designation. American Nurse Ttoday, 4 (8), 59-60.
Amelia Wodzinski, sophomore:
The Fall issue of the Oncology Nursing Society's on-line newsletter "Student Voice" will include a personal reflection by Amelia about her experience at the Breast Cancer Awareness presentation at the Allegheny County Jail. This newsletter is for student nurses interested in oncology nursing.
Megan Mraz is a current PhD student:
Mraz, M.A. (2009). The Physical Manifestation of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 5(1), 26-30.
Patty McMahon is a 2007 graduate of the Post-Masters Certificate in Forensic Nursing Program and a 2008 graduate of the PhD program:
McMahon, P.P. (2008). Sexual Violence on the College Campus: A Template for Compliance with Federal Policy. Journal of American College Health, 57(3), 361-365.
Helen Cole is a 2008 graduate of the MSN, Forensics program:
Cole, H. (2009). Human Trafficking: Implications for the Role of the Advanced Practice Forensic Nurse. Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 14(6), 462-470.