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The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing provides live / webinar activities.  Please review activities described here and those listed on the “Pitt Nursing CE Calendar” located at the left side of the screen.

The Practice of Mindfulness

A Retreat to Promote Self-Care for the Professional Nurse, Educator, and Leader, to Understand the Role of Mindfulness Meditation to Enhance the Delivery of Nursing Care

Nurses often feel stressed and overburdened, particularly in light of increasing patient loads and the ever-changing landscape of healthcare work environments. If nurses cannot effectively manage inherent work-related stress, not only do they personally suffer, but patient care suffers. This may lead to decreased morale, and then to burn-out and high staff turnover.

Research has shown that nurses’ difficulty in coping with stress has been associated with nurses’ reports of decreased ability to focus on patient needs and patients’ reports of decreased satisfaction with care (Beddoe & Murphy, 2004). Eliminating work-related stress for nurses is not a realistic goal (Smith 2014); however, implementing interventions that are focused on helping nurses learn to cope more effectively with stress is realistic (Smith, 2014).

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing invites you to learn more about, and gain experience with, Mindfulness Meditation. This practice can be an effective tool in reducing stress and supporting well-being, when practiced regularly.

The practice of mindfulness meditation involves conscious awareness of the breath and systematic practice methods that are known to support well-being when practiced regularly. It is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. Its aim is to cultivate clarity, insight, compassion, and understanding: its function is to heal and transform. This day-long retreat will be facilitated by Katherine Hammond Holtz, Psy.D., a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher and Licensed Psychologist.

What are the benefits of being more mindful?  Practitioners of mindfulness report an increased ability to relax, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, an ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressors, enhanced flexibility, lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms of stress, increased concentration and mental clarity, and strengthened abilities to relate to others and one’s self with kindness, acceptance and compassion.

Session A -Designed for Nurse Educators and Leaders

  • Friday, January 16, 2015
  • Time: 8:30 - 9:00 am - Registration & Breakfast
    9:00 am to 4:00 pm - Program
    The University Club
    University of Pittsburgh,
    123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

As educators and leaders, we need to make sure that current and future nurses realize that we want them to proactively seek out techniques that help them to cope with the stresses of a health care career. By learning mindfulness ourselves, we can effectively model enhanced well-being and the ability to manage stress to our staff. Our facilitator will address the special interests of those who teach and lead nurses, but will primarily help educators and leaders explore the many benefits of Mindfulness Meditation for themselves and their students and staff.

Contact Hours/Cost:

  • Contact Hours Awarded: 6.5
  • Cost: $175.00

Includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, and a take-home mindfulness personal practice package to include audio recordings of guided meditations from the retreat, a practice booklet, and a reference list of evidence-based research of mindfulness meditation in the field of nursing.

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Session B - Designed for Professional Nurses

  • February 13, 2015
  • Time: 8:30 - 9:00 am - Registration & Breakfast
    9:00 am to 4:00 pm - Program
    The University Club
    University of Pittsburgh,
    123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Daily, professional nurses face a growing amount of distraction and rising levels of frustration, which can negatively impact their personal and working lives. Those who provide care and compassion to the sickest and weakest amongst us all need support and ways in which to deal with stress. The School of Nursing has invited a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher to lead this CE session, one who is a psychologist well-known for integrating mindfulness into clinical practice. She draws on her experience and training of more than two decades in the practice of mindfulness meditation to present a day-long session designed to give you direct experience with mindfulness meditation through a largely silent retreat in which she will introduce the practice, implementation, and practical benefits of mindfulness.

  • Contact Hours Awarded: 6.5
  • Cost: $175.00

Includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, and a take-home mindfulness personal practice package to include audio recordings of guided meditations from the retreat, a practice booklet, and a reference list of evidence-based research of mindfulness meditation in the field of nursing.

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Our facilitator:

Dr. Katherine Hammond Holtz holds a Psy.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She formally began practicing meditation in 1986. In 1991, she became a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. In 2002, she received ordination into his lay order followed by participation in the teaching training programs taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, becoming an Identified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher. She has organized and led mindfulness practices at retreats across the country since 2000. In 2010, she began leading mindfulness retreats for health care professionals, university professors and administrators, graduate students, and the community. Having combined mindfulness practices and psychotherapy for 17 years, she has adapted mindfulness practice to address a wide variety of clinical and neurological disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Learn more about Dr. Holtz’s practice at her Web site

2014-2015 Pharmacology and Clinical Practice Update Series

This year marks the fourth year for this popular series that focuses on pharmacology updates with corresponding clinical practice implications.  The goal of this series is to provide evidence based information related to pharmacology advances, with parallel clinical practice concepts. 

These continuing education sessions will be conducted live at the School of Nursing, Oakland Campus and will be available via Web conferencing with pre-registration from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. 

Contact hours awarded at these sessions may be used by advanced practice nurses seeking to renew their script writing privileges.


Contact Hours/Cost

  • Contact Hours Awarded: 3 per session
  • Cost: $60 per session (discounts available for participants registering for more than one session)

Series Schedule

Date Topic
October 4, 2014 Hyperlipidemia Treatment Update
November 1, 2014 TBA
December 6, 2014 TBA
January 10, 2015 TBA
February 7, 2015 Care of Patients Using Opioids & Other Controlled Substances
March 7, 2015 HPV Vaccine
April 11, 2015 Asthma
May 2, 2015 TBA
June 6, 2015 TBA

Cost Scale

# of Sessions # of CNE Cost
1 3 $60
2 6 $110
3 9 $165
4 12 $220
5 15 $275
6 18 $330
7 21 $385
8 24 $440
9 27 $495

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Fast Track Back Re-entry into Practice

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s department of continuing nursing education (Pitt Nursing CE) offers the Fast Track Back (FTB) program annually in the spring.  The goal of FTB is to provide professional nurses who have not been actively practicing, with current trends and skills needed to care for adult medical / surgical patients in an acute care setting.  FTB is not a reinstatement program. 

FTB consists of two (2) separate sections.

  • Section I will reacquaint participants to the following areas: the role of the RN practicing today, physical assessment, systems review, pharmacology update, clinical decision making, and communication skills. This will be accomplished through: lecture, group discussion, independent study, participation in exercises in the clinical skills lab and human simulation center, and skill development using the clinical practice films. Section I consists of six (6) sessions. Sessions will meet weekly. Each session will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants must attend all classes in order to satisfactorily complete Section I and to be eligible to participate in Section II.
    • Contact Hours Awarded:  33
    • Section I Cost:  $1,000 - this includes all course materials
  • Section II will consist of 6 clinical days (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and have participants caring for adult medical /surgical patients in an acute care hospital setting with the supervision of a School of Nursing instructor. The clinical days will be scheduled after Section I concludes. Participants are required to attend all clinical days.  
    • Contact Hours Awarded:  45
    • Section II Cost:  $1,500 – this includes liability insurance

Session I will be April 1,8,15,22,29 and May 6th

Session II weeks of May 11th and 18th.

Registration to open January 26th to March 9th. Participants will be notified by March 20th of their acceptance into the program.  Consideration is given to those by date of registration.

If you are interested in receiving a notice when the FTB application process is open please sign up on our mailing list.

The following are recommendations for successful applicants

For both sections:

  • Must have a current PA nurse’s license.
  • Have had previous experience caring for adult medical / surgical patients in an acute care setting.
  • Have not been out of clinical practice for more than fifteen (15) years.
  • Must be available to attend all sessions.

Prior to starting section II

  • Have current Basic Life Support / CPR certification.
  • Secure all necessary medical updates, criminal clearances, and identification requirement of the clinical facility.