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Nearly 40 Years Later, Nursing School Alumni to Pin Daughter at Nursing Diploma Ceremony

At their May 1977 graduation from Duquesne University's School of Nursing, Nancy Shakarian (Murphy) and Robert Murphy never could have guessed that nearly 40 years later they would be back at Duquesne not only celebrating their daughter's graduation from their alma mater, but having the opportunity to "pin" her at the School of Nursing diploma ceremony. Read more...

9th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Devido, her students, and faculty co-advisors, whose teams won two awards at the 9th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium.  

School of Nursing Award
Octavia Anderson, Bria Brodie, and Julie Rothberg for "Vocational Aspirations of Inner City School Girls"
School of Nursing Award

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Award
Ana Uribe, Shaylene Carter, Ella Walsh and Jamie Watt for "Reproductive Health Awareness of Inner City School Girls"
Office of Diversity and Inclusion Award

Distinguished Dissertation Award

Congratulations to the 2017 recipient, Dr. Renee Gilhousen, for her dissertation, "The Lived Experience of Individuals Living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) While Residing in a Rural Region of Northern Appalachia," under the guidance of her Committee Chair, Dr. Lenore Resick. The Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes original scholarly work that makes a significant contribution to nursing. The criteria includes originality, innovativeness, scholarly excellence, methodological sophistication, significant contribution to the discipline, quality of writing, and the letters of support. Dr. Gilhousen will be nominated for the University's Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Student Publications

Congratulation to PhD student Deb Kramlich on her latest publication!

Kramlich, D., Kronk, R., & Jakub, K. (2017). Challenges and Facilitators of Recruitment: Lessons Learned from Conducting a Focused Ethnography in a Vulnerable Rural Population. The Qualitative Report, 22(3), 818-830. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol22/iss3/9

Dissertation Wins Award

Congratulations to PhD student, Julie Valentine, who was awarded the Certificate of Honorable Mention by AACN for her dissertation submitted for the Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award for 2016-2017. Her dissertation was titled "Justice Denied: Low Submission Rates of Sexual Assault Kits and Predicting Variables." Her scholarly work will be featured on the AACN webpage and in their Faculty Link publication.

National Association of Veterans' Programs Administrators Conference

At the annual NAVPA (National Association of Veterans' Programs Administrators) conference, Lee Wagner and Alexis Weaver had the opportunity to meet with SON Alumna, Noelle Davis, and current RN-BSN student, Thomas Collins. Noelle is an Ensign in the Navy and is stationed at Balboa Naval Hospital and Tom works at the UCSD Medical Center. It was great connecting with these two!


Lee Wagner, Alexis Weaver, Noelle Davis and Thomas Collins.

Graduate Student Awarded Scholarships

Congratulations to Forensic Nursing student, Shanea Climo, on being awarded the following scholarships:

Women of AT&T Pittsburgh Chapter 2016 Scholarship Program (WOA) - This program was established this year for professional and personal development of higher education student seeking continuous growth, advancement, and success through education and community involvement. The WOA Pittsburgh Chapter Scholarship Provides three scholarships annually to deserving high school and higher education students within Pennsylvania, Ohio or West Virginia attending or soon-to-be attending an establishment of higher learning. These scholarships are offered to applicants sponsored by a WOA Pittsburgh Chapter active members, and who is either a relative or non-relative of the qualifying member but not themselves an active AT&T employee. The number of scholarships and the selections of the recipients are determined by the WOA Pittsburgh Chapter Scholarship Committee.

The Martha I. Clark Scholarship - The Martha I. Clark Scholarship was established in 1988 and recognizes nurses who are pursuing advanced education. The scholarship is awarded in recognition of Martha l. Clark, RN who served for over a quarter of a century, first as Assistant Executive Director, then as Executive Director of District #6 always encouraging others to be in the foreground as she helped many of the current nursing leaders in the region. Those wishing to apply must be in the last year of study for a Master program or at the beginning of writing of thesis for a PhD program, or beginning work on DNP project as only one candidate is selected. While district membership or residency is not necessary for application, those residing within Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Lawrence, or Greene Counties are given first consideration.

Service Learning Poster Winners

Thanks for supporting the Freshman students!

1st place: Good Hygiene Starts with Me
Blake Holmes, Taylor Miklos 

Honorable Mention: Blooming With Confidence at Phillips
Emily Daly, Emily Hansson, Aghina Marshall, Annie McIlhenny

Honorable Mention: Behavior at Phillips
Kimberly Sheridan, Samantha Matta, Tonya Hammond

Special thanks to the Office of Nursing Research for providing the monetary awards!

Nurse Practitioner Award

Congratulations to Tina Mourra, FNP Student, for receiving the Nurse Practitioner Association of Southwestern PA Outstanding Student Nurse Practitioner Award for 2016. She will receive her award at their upcoming annual meeting.