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Nursing School Lands Grant for Sustainability

The Duquesne University School of Nursing recently received a $150,000 grant from The Ryan Memorial Foundation that will help a program that recruits retired nurses to volunteer in senior citizen complexes and senior center sites in Pittsburgh.

Through the grant, RN+WIN (Retired Nurses Working in Neighborhoods) will become self-sustaining because it will be able to create a recruitment, orientation and staffing system for its program volunteers.

RN+WIN volunteers commit to work at least four hours per month with the School of Nursing’s Nurse Managed Wellness Center (NMWC), which has operated community health and wellness clinics at senior citizen apartment complexes and neighborhood senior center sites throughout Pittsburgh since 1994.

The RN+WIN program has been an important asset to the NMWC center sites, according to Associate Professor Lenore Resick, who wrote the grant proposal with Clinical Associate Professor Maureen Leonardo.

Resick, who also serves as the NMWC director, said that RN+WIN volunteers have been invaluable and promise to be more so by helping expand services and improve the educational experience for nursing students. Volunteers not only assist the NMWC staff by providing classes and health screenings for area seniors, they mentor Duquesne’s undergraduate nursing students. At several points during their studies, students will perform clinical coursework at the NMWC sites.

A pilot study conducted last year clarified the need for a paid RN+WIN project coordinator who will be in charge of recruitment, among other duties, to get the program started. This year’s recruitment goal is to add 25 volunteers, with an additional 25 volunteers the following year. 

To learn more about the RN+WIN program and volunteer opportunities for retired nurses, call Resick at 412.396.5228.

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