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2015 Cameos of Caring

Congratulations to Duquesne University School of Nursing instructor Debra Lewis, recipient of the 2015 Cameos of Caring Award!

The Cameos of Caring are designed to honor excellence in care, empathy and compassion among nurses and nurse educators in the southwestern Pennsylvania area.

Deb Lewis

The School of Nursing helped Deb celebrate:

SON at Cameos

L to R: Marie Panas, Dr. Lynn Simko, Jeannine Demblowski, Deb Lewis, Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, Sr. Mary Meyers, Sr. Rosemary Donley and Rosanna Henry

Dr. Sekula Publishes Book

Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Sekula on her recent book!

A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing: Incorporating Forensic Principles Into Nursing Practice
By: by Angela F. Amar (Author), L. Kathleen Sekula (Author)

book signingVictims of violence are unfortunately ever-present in healthcare today. Regardless of the setting, nurses are often the first to interact with victims and regularly must step into uncomfortable or difficult situations. To ensure patient and provider safety and enable the best possible outcomes, every nurse should be well-versed in forensic and theoretical issues of violence. A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing is an evidence-based guide to understanding and applying forensic nursing science. Authors Angela F. Amar and L. Kathleen Sekula introduce practical and theoretical perspectives on violence and provide valuable resources, including injury assessment and violence prevention strategies as well as an overview of relevant legal, ethical, societal, and policy issues. Whether you are a student, new nurse, or experienced clinician, you will find the right tools and strategies to broaden your understanding of violence and help you integrate forensic science into your patient care.

School Sponsors Award

ISONG research awardThe School of Nursing sponsored the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) 2015 Research Award at the annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The recipient was Kosuke Niitsu, PhD student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, "Genetic Influence on Resilience to Potentially Traumatic Events."

Twenty-six current nursing students also attended the event.

ISONG students

NLN Leadership Institute

Congratulations to Rosanna Henry and Susan Hardner who were accepted in the highly competitive NLN Leadership Institutes!

Rosanna HenryRosanna was accepted into the NLN's 2016 Executive Leadership in Nursing Education and Practice Program. This program is part of the NLN Leadership Institute in the Center for Transformational Leadership, which focuses on leadership development for nurse educators who are already in leadership positions and aspire to advance and increase their impact as a leader.

Susan HardnerSusan was accepted into 2016 NLN LEAD Program. LEAD is part of the NLN Leadership Institute in the Center for Transformational Leadership, which focuses on leadership development for nurses in education and practice who aspire to lead.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Summit Finale

Duquesne faculty with Willa Cotten, an NCIN Scholar.

RWJF finale
Dr. Yvonne Weideman, Willa Cotten, Dr. Mary Kay Loughran, and Dr. Joan Such Lockhart

Duquesne University and Ashland University School of Nursing faculty were awarded an NCIN Innovation Grant, one of four grants in the nation.

RWJF finale
Drs. Joan Such Lockhart, Yvonne Weideman, Lisa Young (DNP alumna) and Faye Grund (PhD Alumna)

Former Dean Publishes Book

"Like many Americans, I thought slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. Nothing could be further from the truth. Today, millions of people live in misery, forced into agricultural labor, sweat shops, domestic servitude, child soldiering, or the sex trade. They live in appalling conditions of filth and deprivation, are routinely subjected to violence, and are largely invisible to health care professionals who should be able to recognize, treat, and refer them for long-term help in rebuilding their shattered lives. We see a "prostitute" instead of a victim of exploitation. We see a "bad kid" instead of a little child who was raped at home and then repeatedly on the street-exploited by a pimp she has come to believe is the only person in the world who cares about her."

This book is designed to raise awareness and provide helpful information to nurses with the hope that they will be better able to help one of the most vulnerable populations, women and children trapped in the global sex trade. Most of the case studies are derived from stories of real people whose privacy is protected by camouflaging their identifying information.

Mary de Chesnay, DSN, was the dean of the School of Nursing from 1994-2002.

2014 Staff Award Winner

Congratulations to Joe Seidel, Director of Technology, on receiving the 2014 Innovation Award!

Seidel is responsible for several significant technological changes in the nursing school this year, including implementing the technology, training nursing faculty and staff, and providing ongoing support of the software and hardware. His expertise and patience were key to organizing more than 900 computerized exams on laptops and in computer labs as well as supporting mandatory electronic textbooks and iPads for undergraduate students, staff and faculty. Seidel has also traveled to numerous off-campus community sites. Read more...

Dr. Dougherty and Mr. Seidel
Dr. Charles Dougherty and Mr. Joe Seidel

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Graduate Nursing Program 9th

The Duquesne University School of Nursing has been ranked No. 9 in the nation among the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News and World Report. Read more...

Three Faculty Named American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Congratualtions to Dr. Lenore Resick, Dr. Linda Goodfellow and Dr. Rick Zoucha, who were inducted as fellows during the AAN Conference on October 18, 2014!


Grant Awarded for White Coat Ceremony

The School of Nursing is one of the inaugural schools selected to take part in the Arnold P. Gold Foundation White Coat Ceremony for Nurses, in collaboration with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The ceremony will be held in Fall, 2014.

Arnold P. Gold Foundation logo
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF): As a growing, international not-for-profit organization we have a critical mission: to optimize the experience and outcomes of health care for both patients and practitioners by promoting care that is as humanistic as it is technologically sophisticated. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation works with physicians and nurses in training and in practice, as well as other members of the healthcare team, to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for both patients and professionals. When skilled practitioners build caring, trusting and collaborative relationships with patients, studies reveal more appropriate medical decisions, better patient adherence with treatment plans, and less costly healthcare outcomes. Learn more at www.humanism-in-medicine.org.

School Receives Scholarship Donation

The school received a $1,000 scholarship donation from Nurses Lounge, an online  network for nurses to collaborate, exchange professional advice, and share new ideas. We were awarded this scholarship for haveing achieved 100 members on Nurses Lounge. Sign up today!

International Presentation

Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, professor and dean, presented The Quandary of Leadership Development in the Professional Doctorate Curricula: Exploring Content and Context on April 10 at the fourth International Conference on Professional Doctorates hosted by the UK Council for Graduate Education at Middlesex University in Wales.

Volunteer Program Wins Award

Congratulations to our Retired Nurses Working in Neighborhoods (RN+WIN) program! The RN+WIN program has won a Jefferson Award for being the Best Volunteer Group in the Pittsburgh region. Since 2006, the volunteers of the RN+WIN program have given their time and expertise to providing disease prevention, health promotion and wellness services to the elderly living in Pittsburgh communities. These services are provided in conjunction with the Duquesne University School of Nursing Community-Based Health & Wellness Center for Older Adults which collaborates with the city of Pittsburgh to provide services in seven CitiParks Senior Centers and three apartment buildings.

School Receives Grant

The Jonas Foundation, The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, has chosen Duquesne University School of Nursing to participate in the Jonas Scholars program for 2014 with a $30,000 grant to support one PhD Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, one PhD Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar, and one DNP Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar. Congratulations to Drs. Alison Colbert and Melissa Kalarchian on their successful grant application!