School of Nursing

Duquesne University's School of Nursing has a long history of innovation. The School prepares students to become professionals who meet the dynamic health care needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Faculty facilitate education in the art and science of nursing, promoting ethical, holistic, culturally competent, and population-based care in collaboration with a variety of health care systems.

Why Invest in Nursing now?

By 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of employed nurses will grow by 26 percent. More nurses are needed - and they need to have advanced degrees. The School of Nursing is ready for this challenge; however, educating the nurse leaders of tomorrow requires additional and sustainable resources.

Under the leadership of Dean Mary Ellen Glasgow, Duquesne's School of Nursing seeks to create a distinctive academic experience through market-driven innovations. Investments in faculty, programs and facilities are the key to realizing this ambitious vision. You can make it possible by supporting the following funding priorities:

School of Nursing Building

The School continues to experience dramatic student enrollment growth and as a result, has outgrown its existing space. A new building will enable the School to meet current and future enrollment needs.

State-of-the-Art Technology

High-tech simulation technology is an essential component of nursing education today.  Funding opportunities include: hardware, software, apps, iPads, e-books, mannequins and patient care equipment. Naming opportunities are available in the Learning and Simulation Center.

Student Scholarship Funding

Providing educational access is especially important in nursing, as the profession faces a shortage of skilled practitioners. Increasing funds for scholarships will allow the School to extend its commitment, while recruiting the most talented and competitive students.

Faculty Research

The mission of the Center for Research for Underserved and Vulnerable Populations is to use technology and informatics in research, education and patient care; address disparities in healthcare; and develop interdisciplinary approaches to prevention and treatment. Funding priorities include an endowed chair for established nurse researcher(s), a faculty speaker series, faculty development and start-up research.

Nursing Ethics

As the health care environment continues to change, it is imperative that we educate and develop nurses who can make an impact in health care institutions and higher education in order to give nursing a critical voice around ethical issues. Funding opportunities are available for an endowed chair in nursing ethics, research on nursing ethics and a doctoral program funding in nursing ethics.

Innovative New Program Development

The School of Nursing has developed innovative programs such as the BME/BSN Five-Year Dual Degree Program, which integrates the clinical knowledge of nursing and the technological aspects of biomedical engineering, and the Veterans to BSN (VBSN) Program that is designed for military veterans, reservists, National Guard and active duty members to earn their Nursing degree. The School of Nursing has also established a one-of-a-kind PhD program in Nursing Ethics. Your support will enable continued development of these programs.