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Poster Wins Award

Congratulations to PhD student Patricia Scott who was awarded the School of Nursing Award for Graduate Research for her poster, "Quality of Life of African Americans with Inflammatory Bowel Disease" at the 2nd Annual Graduate Research Symposium.

Her poster described the process of reviewing the literature, identifying gaps, and developing her approach to better understanding this patient population in the service of improving culturally competent care.

Scholarship Awarded

The 2014 Mildred Cecilia Scannell Endowed Nursing Scholarship was awarded to Ms. Christine Nkonde, RN, a student in the RN-BSN Program.

2014 Scannell Scholarship winner

Pictured - left to right: Mr. Raymond Scannell, Mrs. Mildred Scannell, Ms. Christine Nkonde and Mr. Christopher Turner

Doctoral Students Publications

Celeste M. Alfes, Barbara Aronson, Melody L. Bethards, Tracy Chesney, Rosalinda De Luna, Rebecca Newton, and Amy Weaver. (2014). NLN's simulation leaders give SIRC bibliography site a makeover. Nursing Education Perspectives, 35 (5), 340-341.

Jones, T. Katapodi, M., & Lockhart, J.S. (in press). Factors influencing breast cancer screening and risk assessment among young African American women: An integrative review of the literature, Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. [Accepted in April with an early view publication date available shortly]

Jonas Leadership Scholar Selected for Panel

Congratulations Emerson Ea, PhD student and Jonas Leadership Scholar, on being selected the Jonas Policy Scholar for the Cultural Competence & Health Equity expert panel of the American Academy of Nursing. Chosen from a competitive pool of applicants, he will attend and participate in the Academy's 2014 Policy Conference in Washington, DC this year.

Manuscript Accepted to Journal

Congratulations to PhD students Kathleen Burger, Debra Kramlich, Mary Malitas, Karin Page-Cutrara, and Lisa Whitfield-Harris for the acceptance of their manuscript to the Journal of Nursing Education titled "Application of the Symphonological Approach to Faculty-to-Faculty Incivility."

Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to undergraduate student Mikayla Pollaci who received the Bachelor of Science in Nursing scholarship from the Nightingale Award of Pennsylvania (NAP).

Congratulations to undergraduate student Amanda Watts - recipient of a $1,000 Terri Tonsetic RN Memorial Scholarship administered by the Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association.

Three Doctoral Nursing Students Named Jonas Scholars

Congratulations to the following students on becoming Jonas Scholars:
Emerson Ea, PhD student - Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar
Salena Wright-Brown, PhD student - Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar
Sara B. Jennings, DNP student - Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar

Read more about the Jonas Scholar program...

FNP Student Receives Nomination

Alicia (Sunny) Zampogna-SimonCongratulations to FNP student, Alicia (Sunny) Zampogna-Simon, who was nominated for the Southwestern PA NP Organization's 2014 Outstanding NP Student Award at the Annual Dinner Meeting.

Two Students Elected to National NSNA Posts

Nursing students Caroline Miller and Monika Spangenberg are among a small group elected from across the nation to serve important roles for the prestigious National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA).

The NSNA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the professional development of nursing students. Its mission is to mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses and to convey the standards, ethics and skills that students will need as responsible and accountable leaders and members of the profession.

Miller is one of just 10 students elected to the NSNA Board of Directors. "I believe that by being on the NSNA board of directors, I will be able to learn about nursing outside the classroom," said Miller, a junior in the nursing school. "I also want to be able to contribute my ideas about the future of nursing, and I want work with the rest of the board to get other nursing students excited about NSNA."

As an NSNA member, Miller chairs the organization's Legislation/Education Committee and also is a member of the Community Health/Disaster Preparedness Committee and the Convention and Program Planning Committee.

Spangenberg is just one of four members elected to the NSNA's 2014-2015 Nominating and Elections Committee. "I was very interested in becoming more involved in the nursing community, and after attending the NSNA mid-year convention I decided to run for a national position," said Spangenberg, a junior in the nursing school. "I chose the Nominating and Elections Committee because I'm very comfortable talking to people, and the main goal of the committee is to reach out to nursing students and inform them of all of the great opportunities the NSNA has to offer."

Congratulations Caroline and Monika!

Students Win Award at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium

Gumberg Library presents an award to the author(s) of the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium poster that most clearly demonstrates extensive and creative use of Gumberg Library resources, as well as the best understanding and application of principles of information literacy, and effective communication of research/scholarship.

URSS WinnersThis year the award and prize of $250 went to Jaclyn Angstadt and Rachael Desmond for their poster, Therapeutic Hypothermia and Neurological Outcome after Cardiac Arrest. Through a systematic review, the students investigated the outcome of the relatively new post-cardiac arrest treatment for patients, therapeutic hypothermia (TH). Specifically, Angstadt and Desmond posed the research question, "Does TH improve neurological outcome after cardiac arrest?" Their study concluded that TH improved survival rates and neurologic outcome for patients, but pointed to less favorable outcomes for normothermic and hyperthermic patients and increased mortality and multi-organ dysfunction in the pediatric population.

Congratulations Jaclyn and Rachael!

Scholarship Winner

Annabel RaylCongratulations to nursing student Annabel Rayl who received a $1000 Gumberg Library Student Endowed Scholarship! The scholarship is funded by Gumberg Library employees to recognize the contributions of student workers who accomplish the library's mission.Ms. Rayl works in the library's Circulation Department.

As part of the application process, students are asked to describe their understanding of Gumberg Library's role in helping Duquesne achieve its mission. Ms. Rayl's essay communicated her personal experience and related it to her preparation to caring for her future patients as a nurse. She wrote in part:

"Working at Gumberg Library has developed my customer service, interpersonal, and communication skills. As I learn to deal with difficult library users and help to solve student problems, I am also preparing to better help my patients in my career as a nurse. As a student worker at Gumberg Library, I may not be the most qualified employee to help students with in¬ depth research questions; however, as a student, I am a primary source of information for library users who may prefer asking another student for help rather than an adult. Similarly, as a nurse I will not be informed about my patient's medical condition in the same way that a physician is informed. While doctors may heal patients physically, I believe nurses play an important role in promoting overall patient care on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. The physician and nurse each have strengths and work together to care for the patient. Learning to work in a community such as the library, where each employee has a specific area of focus and knowledge but work together to serve the Duquesne learning community, will be very beneficial to my future career in nursing."

Great job, Annabel!