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Poster Winners

The School of Nursing had four posters and three excellent presentations at this year's Graduate Student Research Symposium. We are pleased to share our award recipients:

School of Nursing Award for Graduate Research

Beth Tremblay
A Qualitative Mini-Study of young adults who use electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melanie Turk

Gumberg Library Award for Graduate Research

Scott posterPatricia Scott
Coping in African Americans with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: An Integrative Review of the Literature

Other authors: Dr. Joan Such Lockhart, Dr. Karen Jakub, & Dr. Rick Zoucha

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joan Lockhart

Thanks to Drs. Spigelmyer and Chia for serving as our judges. Thanks, all, for mentoring, attending, and supporting our students.

Students Volunteer at Our Clubhouse

Students from ATD and DUSNA helped serve meals at the annual Valentines Dinner at Our Clubhouse in the Strip District. Our Clubhouse is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that creates welcoming communities of support for everyone currently living with cancer - men, women, teens, and children - along with their families and friends. Their unique program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities. All of the activities are offered to members at no cost and membership is free.

Valentine Dinner

Valentine Dinner

Valentine Dinner

Valentine Dinner

Photos courtesy of A&A Photography

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%!

Christmas Gifts

Nicole and her nursing classmates raised money to purchase a package of diapers for all 78 babies in the Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC NICU.
Merry Christmas from Nicole and the School of Nursing!


Family Nurse Practitioner Pass Rates

Twenty-six (26) out of 28 FNP students passed, a 93% pass rate.
Five (5) out of 5 post-masters students passed, a 100% pass rate.

We have a 94% overall pass rate! Congratulations to our FNP faculty and students on these excellent results!

American Academy of Nursing Jonas Policy Scholar

Congratulations to Liz Stokes, our first Nursing Ethics PhD student, who has been chosen as an American Academy of Nursing Jonas Policy Scholar. The program selects scholars based on evidence of scholarship, including publications, presentations, honors and awards; evidence of leader ship experience; and match between the applicant's interest area and at least one healthcare issue addressed through the expert panels. Liz is our second PhD student to be selected.

Student Appointed to Fellowship Program

Congrats to current PhD student, Griselle Estrada, MS, RN, for her appointment from the National Advisory Committee of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) at the American Nurses Association for the 2017-2018 academic year.

2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Dr. Renee Gilhousen (PhD 2017), whose dissertation, "The Lived Experience of Individuals Living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) While Residing in a Rural Region of Northern Appalachia" was selected as recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award in the category for Pharmacy, Health Sciences and Nursing.

Nearly 40 Years Later, Nursing School Alumni to Pin Daughter at Nursing Diploma Ceremony

At their May 1977 graduation from Duquesne University's School of Nursing, Nancy Shakarian (Murphy) and Robert Murphy never could have guessed that nearly 40 years later they would be back at Duquesne not only celebrating their daughter's graduation from their alma mater, but having the opportunity to "pin" her at the School of Nursing diploma ceremony. Read more...

9th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Devido, her students, and faculty co-advisors, whose teams won two awards at the 9th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium.  

School of Nursing Award
Octavia Anderson, Bria Brodie, and Julie Rothberg for "Vocational Aspirations of Inner City School Girls"
School of Nursing Award

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Award
Ana Uribe, Shaylene Carter, Ella Walsh and Jamie Watt for "Reproductive Health Awareness of Inner City School Girls"
Office of Diversity and Inclusion Award

Student Publications

Congratulation to PhD student Deb Kramlich on her latest publication!

Kramlich, D., Kronk, R., & Jakub, K. (2017). Challenges and Facilitators of Recruitment: Lessons Learned from Conducting a Focused Ethnography in a Vulnerable Rural Population. The Qualitative Report, 22(3), 818-830. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol22/iss3/9