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Alumni News and Events

2015 Outstanding Nurse

Congratulations to Joanne Redondo, 2012 graduate of the MSN FNP program, on being selected the 2015 Outstanding Nurse by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation!
Read more about Joanne and the award...

Alumna Heads New BSN Program at Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University in Collier County will offer a bachelor's of science degree in nursing starting in the fall of 2015, university president Jim Towey announced Tuesday.

It is the first four-year nursing program in Collier County and was launched with the help of a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor. The Florida Board of Nursing has approved the program.

"We are thrilled that the state of Florida has approved our new program and excited about what this will mean for our students, the future of Ave Maria, and the fulfillment of founder Tom Monaghan's vision," Towey said in a news release announcing the program. "America needs more caring, ethical and competent nurses as the 'age wave' envelops our Nation, and Ave Maria University will now be providing them."

The program will operate under the direction of Denise McNulty, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, ARNP. Originally from Philadelphia, McNulty has resided in the Naples community for the past fourteen years. She is a graduate of Duquesne University's Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and obtained her master's of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor's of science in nursing from Holy Family University, a post-master's in teaching from the University of Pennsylvania, a post-master's in Health Administration from St. Joseph's University, and a post-master's in psychiatric/mental health nursing from Duquesne University. McNulty is a Florida licensed Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with more than twenty-five years of experience in various clinical, teaching, and administrative roles.

Michael Dauphinais, vice president for academic affairs, said that the Nursing program brings to 30 the number of majors offered at Ave Maria, up from 11 in 2011.

Alumna Named American Academy Fellow

Stephanie MarshallThe American Academy of Nursing has inducted Colonel (Ret.) Stephanie A. Marshall, RN, MSN, as a Fellow during the Academy's recent 41th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Assistant Professor Marshall is the Director of Community Partnerships at the UH Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. Read more...

Alumni Win Awards

Congratulations to Bonnie Price, DNP who received the Virginia Lynch Pioneer in Forensic Nursing Award, at the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) conference. This award is the "lifetime achievement" award for this organization and recognizes those individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement, growth, and success of forensic nursing.

Each year a select number of Duquesne alumni who exemplify the Mission of the University in their daily lives are recognized through the Mind, Heart and Spirit Awards. These achievements are not only accomplished through career successes but also through community service and service to others. Congratulations to Michelle J. Kane, BSN for being honored with this award. Michelle is a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Recent Promotion

Dr. Myrna Doumit, PhD alumna, was recently promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the Lebanese American University (LAU) and is currently the Assistant Dean at LAU.

Member of First PhD Cohort Passes Away

It is with sadness that we report the sudden death of Susan M. O'Toole, a graduate of our first PhD cohort. Read more...

Recent Publications

Renee Cantwell (DNP 2011) recently published her DNP capstone project with her colleagues in the latest issue of the NLN's Nursing Education Perspectives - Nursing as an additional language and culture (NALC): Supporting student success in a second-degree nursing program.

Incivility Among Intensive Care Nurses: The Effects of an Educational Intervention
by Nikstaitis, Teresa DNP, RN, CCRN; Simko, Lynn Coletta PhD, RN, CCRN
in Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: September/October 2014 - Volume 33 - Issue 5 - p 293-301

McFarland, MR and Hiba B. Wehbe-Alamah (2015) Leininger's Culture Care Diversity and Universality (3rd. Ed). Jones and Bartlett.

Laurent, J., Zoucha, R., (2014) Parents Addressing Health for their Overweight or Obese Pre-Adolescent, Health Behavior and Policy Review. 1, 2, 131-142.