School of Nursing
Dean: Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow, Ph.D., R.N., ACNS-BC
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Joan Such Lockhart, Ph.D., R.N., CORLN, AOCN®, CNE, FAAN, ANEF
Assistant Dean, Student Services: Leah Vota Cunningham, M.N.Ed., R.N.
Assistant Dean, Recruitment: Cherith Simmer, M.S., R.N.
Chair, Undergraduate Programs: Mark Crider, PhD, MSN, RN
The School of Nursing was founded in 1935 as a unit in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 1937, it was established as a separate school and approved by the State Board of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to confer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education degree by Duquesne University. The program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education degree was designed to meet the specific needs of the registered nurse while the basic program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, the first in Pennsylvania, was designed for the high school graduate. The School of Nursing continued to offer two separate degrees until 1964. In September of that year, a single revised Professional Nursing program was implemented for admission of both basic and registered nurse students leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
In the fall of 1982, a new baccalaureate nursing program, also leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, was instituted and was specifically designed to meet the educational and professional needs of the registered nurse.
A second degree option was initiated in August 1991. This program was designed for students who hold a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing.
In 1986, the Graduate Nursing Program was opened to offer the Master of Science in Nursing. Today, the areas of specialization offered are Family Nurse Practitioner, Forensic Nursing, and Nursing Education.
In fall 1994, the Graduate Nursing Program expanded to include study for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing. Since 1997, the Ph.D. program has been a fully online program.
In the fall 2008, a new online doctoral program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), was introduced.
To date, more than 5,000 students have graduated from Duquesne’s School of Nursing.
The purpose of the School of Nursing is to prepare nurses to practice professional nursing to meet the dynamic health care needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Faculty facilitate the education of students in the art and science of nursing to provide ethical, holistic, culturally competent, and population-based care in collaboration with a variety of health care systems.
The faculty of the School of Nursing believes that nursing is a human science profession and an academic discipline that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems. We believe the patient, conceptualized as an individual, client, family, group or community, is the focus of the professional nurse. We believe each client and member of the School of Nursing community is unique and holds values and beliefs reflective of their own culture, spiritual, and life experiences.
The faculty believes that there are core competencies that enable a nurse to provide “safe passage” for clients. The core competencies are the basis of the nurse’s ability to provide, design, manage and coordinate caring practices. These core competencies are: clinical judgment, advocacy, caring practices, systems thinking, response to diversity, facilitation of learning, clinical inquiry, and collaboration.
The faculty believes that together we serve students by being strong role models through commitment to excellence as teachers, scholars, clinicians and learners. The faculty is dedicated to cultivating a sense of professional empowerment, a desire for life-long learning, and a passion for social justice as a way of being in our school and as an integral part of our school community. An innovative curriculum, based on the changing health and socio-cultural needs of populations and the health care delivery system, is integral to the commitment of the faculty to students' learning and development.
The faculty believes that we all learn best when actively engaged in the learning process. The faculty desires to work with students as a community of learners in which all function at a high level of accountability, flexibility, and integrity. In that way, a true learning environment can be created that fosters the exchange of diverse ideas and opinions, and advances collaboration. In such a learning community, progress can be anticipated and the efficient use of technology can be assessed and incorporated into the total health care environment. An appropriate balance between technology and aspects of human touch and caring is sought.
School of Nursing Value Statement of Inclusion
Duquesne University School of Nursing creates an environment that values a culture of inclusion and openness for faculty, staff and students, and its community partners in pursuit of teaching/learning, scholarship, research, and services both locally and globally.