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School of Nursing Receives Grant to Expand Awareness of NIH All of Us Research Program

Duquesne University's School of Nursing is one of nine nursing schools chosen to receive American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) funding in support of the All of Us Research Program, a landmark longitudinal research effort that seeks to build a national research cohort of one million or more participants reflecting the diversity of the United States.

Grant recipient Rick Zoucha, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, CTN-A, FAAN, Professor and Chair of Advanced Role and PhD Program and the Joseph A. Lauritis, C.S.Sp. Chair for Teaching and Technology in the School of Nursing, used the funds to increase awareness of the program and the importance of participation of individuals not often represented in biomedical research.

Zoucha collaborated with members of the Chi Eta Phi Sorority and the local community to host Celebrating Health in Pittsburgh Diverse Communities on Dec. 8, 2018. The event attracted more than 75 participants and featured an information health fair, a research presentation and a town hall meeting featuring topics on the health of underrepresented groups.

Launched by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), All of Us aims to improve the ability to prevent and treat disease based on individual differences in lifestyle, environment and genetics. To learn more about the All of Us Research Program, visit allofus.nih.gov.

Faculty, Staff Celebrate at Annual Holiday Reception

Photo of Ken Gormley, Amy Konop and Melanie Turk

President Ken Gormley with Amy Konop and Melanie Turk

Graduates Honored at Winter Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations to staff member D'rese Despert who graduated with an MS in Management Systems degree.

Photo of Torrie Snyder and D'rese Despert at graduation

Dr. Torrie Snyder and D'rese Despert

Sr. Rosemary Named Cameos of Caring Awardee

Sister Rosemary Donley, S.C., the Jacques Laval Endowed Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations in the nursing school, has been honored with a 2018 Cameos of Caring® award by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Read more...

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Grants Awarded

Congratulations to faculty for receiving the following grants:

Dr. Khlood Salman and Dr. Marinus, Chair of Theology, received a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Islamic Relief to focus on the events and activities for the Consortium of Christin Muslim Dialogue.

Dr. Alison Colbert received a $10,000 grant for her Prenatal Support and Doula Services for Incarcerated Women project.

Dr. Kathleen Sekula received $1,469,650 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the Advanced Nurse Education-Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program.

Dr. Rick Zoucha has been funded by the Highmark Foundation for the project Toward Mental Health Equity, Empowering Female Veterans: Promoting Mental Health First Aid. This $25,000 project, a joint venture with Duquesne University's Veterans to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (VBSN) program, will train and certify groups of female veterans in mental health first aid.

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 - Accounts of Care Partnerships with Wounded, Ill, or Injured Service Members, funded by TriService in the amount of $484,982.

Students Paint Mural on the Pediatric Simulation Room Wall

Students Linnea Greci and Jillian Clark painted a mural on the wall of the Pediatric Simulation room in Libermann Hall. Their project was to create a child friendly environment to help nursing students learn to treat pediatric patients differently than adult patients. The mural can be used to help children cope with medical procedures through two different activities: Search and Find; and Story Telling. The mural was designed for patients from infants to age seven.

Photo of students painting muralPhoto of finished mural

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.

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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 Wins Prestigious Nightingale Award

Congratulations to Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, dean and professor, on being named a 2018 Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania winner in the nursing eduation-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.

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.

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!

Faculty Named AANP Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Denise Lucas who was inducted into the AANP (American Association 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."

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