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School of Nursing News

2018 Health Care Heroes

Congratulations to alumna, Diane Hupp, and friend of the School of Nursing, Scott Lammie, on being named one of the Pittsburgh Business Times' 2018 Health Care Heroes! Winners were selected in a variety of categories for their outstanding contributions to the medical field.

Dean Named Finalist for Prestigious Nightingale Awards

Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, dean and professor, has been named a finalist for the 2018 Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania.

Glasgow is one of three finalists selected for the nursing education-academia category, which recognizes an individual who is an inspiration to students and cultivates a supportive learning environment. More than 100 individuals were nominated in 10 award categories.

"It is truly an honor to be recognized by my peers as an exemplary educator," Glasgow said.

Finalists will be honored and the winners will be announced at the 29th annual gala on Friday, Oct. 26, in Harrisburg, Pa.

Named for Florence Nightingale, who is credited as the founder of modern nursing, Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a philanthropic organization that creates, cultivates and supports environments in which professional nursing achievements are valued.

Grants Awarded

Congratulations to faculty for receiving the following grants:

Dr. Lynn Simko and her colleagues have received funding for their project, "Does a Pain Empathy Kit Increase Empathy for Patients with Chronic Pain in Health Care Students?" from Duquesne's Leach II Fund. This is a great example of a longer-term interdisciplinary collaboration related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Sr. Rosemary Donley and David Nolfi have received funding for their project, "Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking among the Public and Research Communities" from Duquesne's Leach II Fund. This is a wonderful collaboration with library intern Liz Walkman in the area of social justice.

Dr. Patricia Watts Kelley - The VBSN (Veteran to BSN) has been extended for one-year

New Jonas Scholars Named

Dr. Colbert has secured $20,000 in funding for two Jonas Scholars who will each receive a $10,000 scholarship matched by the University. This year the program has changed to targeted investments in scholars with specific foci that address the most pressing healthcare needs. Christine Lepianka will be supported for her work in the area of Chronic Health, and Liz Stokes in the area of Psychiatric Mental Health. Congratulations!

Two Faculty, Three Alumni Named American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Dr. Alison Colbert, associate professor and associate dean for academic affairs, and Dr. Becky Kronk, associate professor and chair of the undergraduate nursing programs, have been selected by the American Academy of Nursing as members of its 2018 class of academy fellows.

The following School of Nursing alumni also have been selected as academy fellows:

  • Dr. Diane Hupp, vice chair of Duquesne's board of directors and a member of the School of Nursing Advisory Board
  • Dr. Hiba Wehbe-Alamah, professor of nursing at the University of Michigan-Flint
  • Dr. Emerson Ea, clinical associate professor and assistant dean for clinical and adjunct faculty affairs at New York University's Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Criteria include significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current academy fellows. Less than 1 percent of nurses are selected as fellows, which is the American Academy of Nursing's highest honor. Fellows are nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research.

The new fellows will be inducted during the academy's 2018 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference, which will be held from Nov. 1-3 in Washington, D.C.

Faculty Named AANP Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Denise Lucas who was inducted into the AANP (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners) as a Fellow!

Established in 2000, the Fellows of the AANP (FAANP) is dedicated to the global advancement of NPs and the high-quality health care they deliver. By engaging recognized NP leaders who have made outstanding contributions to NP education, policy, clinical practice or research, and developing NP leaders of the future, we are furthering the NP profession while enhancing AANP's mission.

Extraordinary Healers Essay Collection

Photo of Dr. Joan Lockhart and Sr. Rosemary Donley

Congratulations to Dr. Joan Such Lockhart on being nominated for the Extraordinary Healer Award! CURE Magazine publishes a book featuring essays about oncology nurses who have proved themselves extraordinary in performing their duties. Dr. Lockhart was nominated with an essay written by Sr. Rosemary Donley. Her essay will be published in the Extraordinary Healers Vol. 12 Essay Collection.

"She has never wavered from her compassion and deep commitment to improve care to persons with cancer and enhance the capabilities of the nurses who care for them."


Photo of Colin Smith

The School of Nursing has instituted a DAISY Award for Clinical Adjunct Faculty. The inaugural award was given to Colin Smith. Colin implemented a new post conference tool with her clinical group. She received permission to start the program, Beads of Courage, within her clinical group. The program is broken down into 12 intentions. Colin uses the beads to correlate between a learning experience and the intentions. She believes strongly in teaching young nurses to take care of themselves and she wanted to start that in nursing school. Her students said that as soon as they get to clinical post conference, they pull out their beads. It is a nice to time de-stress with a purpose. It is also something they can carry with them throughout their career. This is just one example of the many acts that Colin took throughout this semester to make clinical and enjoyable learning experience. We are so happy to have her as part of the clinical faculty here at Duquesne University. She lives by the mission set by the university and does it with a smile on her face.

FNP Certification Exam Pass Rate

Congratulations to our MSN and Post-masters Certificate FNP students, whose combined pass rate for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program examination was 94%!

New International Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarship

Photo of Dr. Rick ZouchaThe Executive Board of the Collegia IPASVI of Rome has invited Dr. Rick Zoucha to be a member of the International Scientific Committee of the Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarship. This ambitious project aims at setting up for the first time ever in Italy a systematic process to develop the Culture of Scholarship, as a catalyst for the innovation and success of nursing. Congratulations Dr. Zoucha!

Article on VBSN Library Project

Working with the Duquesne University School of Nursing and Office of Military and Veteran Students, Duquesne's Gumberg Library used grant funds to purchase a collection of resources that address the social, economic, physical, and psychological issues veterans face in the transition to civilian and student life.

Collaboration between an Academic Library and Campus Partners to Connect with Military and Veteran Students

Adjunct Faculty Publication

Congratulations to adjunct faculty member, Juliet Mancino, on a recent publication in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship!
Juliet teaches Nutrition to our Freshman students.

Trajectories of Weight Change and Predictors Over 18-Month Weight Loss Treatment
Yaguang Zheng, Susan M. Sereika, Cynthia A. Danford, Christopher C. Imes, Rachel Woodson Goode, Juliet Mancino and Lora E. Burke. Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jnu.12283

Student Affairs News

Photo of Dr. 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!

Photo of faculty and staff with 25 years at Duquesne

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