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Pitt Day of Giving

Thank you to all who made the second annual Pitt Day of Giving a success! The School of Nursing receive $15,000  for placing third on the School Participation Leaderboard. Thank you for helping to outrank many of the other schools and regional campuses.

The University as a whole raised more than $9 million dollars, and gathered support from more than 3,300 donors throughout the day.

Thank you again for your demonstrated commitment to our school!


Pitt Nursing Project Receives University Funding for Innovation

Fibrokine, a project that will assist patients with pulmonary fibrosis, will receive Chancellor’s Innovation Commercialization Funds from the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation. Faculty member Cecilia Yates, PhD, is the project lead.

Other project members are Timothy Corcoran, PhD, assistant professor, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Zariel Johnson, postdoctoral associate, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing; and Christopher Mahoney, MS, PhD candidate, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering.

The Center for Medical Innovation, a University Center housed in Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering, supports applied technology projects in the early stages of development with "kickstart" funding toward the goal of transitioning the research to clinical adoption. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of scientific merit, technical and clinical relevance, potential health care impact and significance, experience of the investigators, and potential in obtaining further financial investment to translate the particular solution to health care.


School of Nursing Receives Grant to Support Doctoral Students

The University of Pittsburgh is one of only 31 schools of nursing selected to receive a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs.  The selected schools comprise the fifth cohort of grantees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars Program, which will provide financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their PhDs in three years.

The University of Pittsburgh will select two nursing students to receive this prestigious scholarship.

“Pitt is in the unique position of having highly qualified nurse scientists who are experienced mentors, and the resources and structure to support PhD students who are the future of nursing,” said Susan M. Cohen, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, associate professor, and program director. “The School of Nursing’s history of preparing and mentoring students for an academic research career is evidenced by the success of the three previous RWJF Future of Nursing cohorts.”

The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a multi-funder initiative. In addition to RWJF, Johnson & Johnson, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Sharp HealthCare, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are supporting the Future of Nursing Scholars grants to schools of nursing this year. The University of Pittsburgh is receiving its grant from RWJF. It will select scholars in March and those students will attend a boot camp with the Future of Nursing Scholars program this summer and begin their PhD studies this fall.


Are you ready to restart your nursing career? Sign-up for the Fast Track Back Program

One of the benefits of being a nurse has always been flexibility—including the ability to step away to attend to other needs and obligations.  If you’re now considering going back to work, Pitt Nursing’s Fast Track Back program is the perfect program to get you prepared to re-enter the nursing workforce.

Applications may be submitted for this program until Monday, March 19. Successful applicants will be notified by March 26.

Participants will take part in two sections. The first, Section I beginning Wednesday April 11, 2018, reacquaints nurses to the role of the RN practicing today, physical assessments, systems review, pharmacology updates, clinical decision making, and communications skills. Sessions meet weekly for six weeks, and participants must successfully complete all six classes to participation in Section II.

Section II has six clinical days, with participants caring for adult medical/surgical patients in an acute care hospital, with the supervision of a School of Nursing instructor. Participants must attend all clinical days.

Section I costs $1,250 (including all course materials) and has 33 contact hours awarded. Section II costs $1,250 (including liability insurance) and has 45 contact hours awarded.

Learn more about Fast Track Back (Nursing Refresher Program) >


Alumna Named to New Role at University of Maryland School of Nursing

Alumna Susan L. Bindon (BSN ’84), DNP, RN-BC, CNE, assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, has been appointed specialty director of the school’s Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

In her new role, Bindon is responsible for providing curricular leadership for DNP core coursework and overseeing the academic trajectory of approximately100 post-master’s DNP students. She will also provide leadership in program coordination; curriculum planning; and student recruitment, retention, and advisement.


Calling all Nursing Alumni Interested in Mentoring

Share your expertise from your industry and we’ll match you with a student who is interested in a similar career path. For more information or if you’re interested in being matched with a student, please contact Jess Revtai, alumni coordinator, at