Faculty Feature

Mayra Toney, DNP, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Faculty headshot of Dr. Mayra ToneyWhy should someone choose to major in nursing at Duquesne University?

Duquesne University School of Nursing is highly respected both nationally and abroad. The mission, vision and statement of inclusion provide a proclamation of what the school is all about. Health, health care and health care settings, as we are aware, can be unpredictable. Circumstances can change very quickly and without notice. We prepare nurses as leaders with the ability to respond to dynamic environments and situations.

Why did you choose to become a nurse educator?

During my nursing career, I have been blessed to work with nurses who have been great role models and helped nurture my aspirations. All nurses are educators as the role of the nurse is such that you are always providing information to patients and families. Education and patient care are roles I highly value and enjoyed. Being a preceptor to nursing students was something I also very much enjoyed. For me, moving to the role of a nurse educator was something I found to be a natural progression in my nursing career. I hope to instill in my students the same passion for nursing that I have always had.

What advice do you have for a Duquesne nursing student?

They already have what they need—or they would not have chosen nursing as a career—a desire to help others. Knowing that, remember that nursing school is not a sprint, it's a marathon. As a student you will face many challenges, and there will be days when you feel disillusioned, but you need to keep going no matter what. It is a road well worth the journey.

As an educator, what do you enjoy most about teaching?

Nurses are everywhere in this world, so when I teach I like to think that the knowledge I am passing on will continue on as the student progresses into the profession, whether they are here in Pennsylvania, another state, or even another country. The joy I get is knowing that an extension of any faculty continues forth in the care that will be provided no matter where, may it be via direct care or expansion of better care modalities through research.

Are you a member of any professional nursing organizations? Which ones and when do you recommend students to start getting involved?

I belong to the following organizations:

  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses
  • National League for Nursing
  • Oncology Nursing Society
  • Pennsylvania League for Nursing Area VI
  • Sigma Theta Tau International - Eta Epsilon Chapter

It is never too early to become involved in a professional organization. These organizations help delineate a perspective of what the profession is all about nationally such as the NLN, which provides an awareness of the profession in various dimensions including education, public policy and research. In fact, Duquesne University School of Nursing has been recognized as an NLN Center of Excellence four consecutive times. Whether it is a specialty practice you may be interested in, such as the Oncology Nursing Society, or a cultural alignment, such as the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, it is an excellent way to learn about collaboration with peers within the nursing community.