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School of Nursing News

New Jonas Scholars Named

Dr. Colbert has secured $20,000 in funding for two Jonas Scholars who will each receive a $10,000 scholarship matched by the University. This year the program has changed to targeted investments in scholars with specific foci that address the most pressing healthcare needs. Christine Lepianka will be supported for her work in the area of Chronic Health, and Liz Stokes in the area of Psychiatric Mental Health. Congratulations!


Photo of the DAISY Award statue

The School of Nursing has instituted a DAISY Award for Clinical Adjunct Faculty. The inaugural award was given to Colin Smith. Colin implemented a new post conference tool with her clinical group. She received permission to start the program, Beads of Courage, within her clinical group. The program is broken down into 12 intentions. Colin uses the beads to correlate between a learning experience and the intentions. She believes strongly in teaching young nurses to take care of themselves and she wanted to start that in nursing school. Her students said that as soon as they get to clinical post conference, they pull out their beads. It is a nice to time de-stress with a purpose. It is also something they can carry with them throughout their career. This is just one example of the many acts that Colin took throughout this semester to make clinical and enjoyable learning experience. We are so happy to have her as part of the clinical faculty here at Duquesne University. She lives by the mission set by the university and does it with a smile on her face.

Photo of Dr. Linda Koharchik, Colin Smith and Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow

FNP Certification Exam Pass Rate

Congratulations to our MSN and Post-masters Certificate FNP students, whose combined pass rate for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program examination was 94%!

New International Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarship

Photo of Dr. Rick ZouchaThe Executive Board of the Collegia IPASVI of Rome has invited Dr. Rick Zoucha to be a member of the International Scientific Committee of the Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarship. This ambitious project aims at setting up for the first time ever in Italy a systematic process to develop the Culture of Scholarship, as a catalyst for the innovation and success of nursing. Congratulations Dr. Zoucha!

Article on VBSN Library Project

Working with the Duquesne University School of Nursing and Office of Military and Veteran Students, Duquesne's Gumberg Library used grant funds to purchase a collection of resources that address the social, economic, physical, and psychological issues veterans face in the transition to civilian and student life.

Collaboration between an Academic Library and Campus Partners to Connect with Military and Veteran Students

Adjunct Faculty Publication

Congratulations to adjunct faculty member, Juliet Mancino, on a recent publication in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship!
Juliet teaches Nutrition to our Freshman students.

Trajectories of Weight Change and Predictors Over 18-Month Weight Loss Treatment
Yaguang Zheng, Susan M. Sereika, Cynthia A. Danford, Christopher C. Imes, Rachel Woodson Goode, Juliet Mancino and Lora E. Burke. Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jnu.12283

Student Affairs News

Photo of Dr. Kate DeLucaCongratulations to Kate DeLuca, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, who has been accepted to the 2017 NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education's Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs.

25 Years of Service at Duquesne

A dinner was recently held for faculty and staff with 25 years of service!

Photo of faculty and staff with 25 years at Duquesne

Karen Bova, Dr. Linda Goodfellow, Maureen Leonardo, Leah Cunningham, Dr. Lynn Simko, President Gormley, and Dr. Joan Such Lockhart