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Zungolo Reappointed as Dean of Nursing at DU

Dr. Eileen Zungolo has been reappointed to a three-year term as dean of the School of Nursing at Duquesne University.

Zungolo has been serving in this role since she came to Duquesne in 2002 from Bouve College of Health Science at Northeastern University, where she was dean of nursing.

“I am certainly pleased at my reappointment and look forward to my continued work with the talented faculty and students in Duquesne’s School of Nursing. Together we have been developing a strategic plan for the next five years which outlines our goals to advance our scholarship and continue toward the excellence of our academic programs,” Zungolo said.

In announcing her reappointment, President Charles J. Dougherty noted that colleagues submitted a positive evaluation of Zungolo’s performance. “Important as well is her clear track record of leadership as a member of the University’s administrative team,” Dougherty said.

In Zungolo’s tenure as dean, the School of Nursing has expanded and enhanced its academic offerings as well as its research and community outreach efforts.

Some notable examples of these accomplishments include:

  • Pioneering the first completely online Ph.D. among Schools of Nursing nationwide. Duquesne’s School of Nursing online graduate programs allow students to create flexible learning environments that make educational and career goals achievable realities.
  • Doubling enrollment in a new, online Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which is designed to advance the practice expertise of nurses with master’s degrees in a clinical specialty or a specific role. The program has attracted students from as far away as Texas, California and Palestine.
  • Adding a new endowed chair, the Jacques Laval Endowed Chair in Justice for Vulnerable Populations, to lead community action research initiatives that incorporate service and care to the community. In August, Sr. Rosemary Donley, S.C., will become the inaugural holder of this chair.
  • Earning the prestigious designation as a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for “creating environments that promote student learning and professional development.”
  • Being at the forefront of institutions nationwide to receive funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage by offering financial aid to expand the corps of new nurses enrolling in accelerated nursing degree programs.
  • Adding a state-of-the-art nursing facility, the Irene Fritzky Nursing Laboratory, to house a wide variety of instructional facilities, including several computer-controlled mannequins that mimic a wide variety of ailments and conditions.
  • Increasing applications and selectivity to the Second Degree BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program, a fast track designed for those with undergraduate degrees wishing to switch careers into nursing.
  • Establishing the Center for Nursing Research to facilitate faculty research endeavors.
  • Winning a continuation grant totaling $912,000 from the Department of Health Resources and Services Administration to develop a forensic research focus in its Ph.D. program
  • Initiating the RN+WIN Program, which has staffed neighborhood wellness programs with retired/volunteer nurses in 10 community locations, as part of the Nurse-Managed Wellness Center.

In addition, Zungolo, former president of the NLN, has received national recognition for her accomplishments and dedication to the field of nursing. She and three of her faculty members were among the first in the nation to be designated as certified nurse educators by the NLN. Goals of this certification include distinguishing academic nursing education as a specialty area of practice and as an advance practice role within professional nursing, and demonstrating a commitment to professional development, lifelong learning and nursing education.

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