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Pitt Celebrates Our Nightingale Recipients

Alexander, an associate professor at the School of Nursing, was the recipient of this year’s Nursing Research award.

Scholarship recipients were PhD candidate Sarah Belcher, BSN, RN, OCN, and DNP student Victoria Reiser, BSN, RN.

Alumni award nominees were Jessica Devido (PhD ’14, MSN ’08, BSN ’04) and Jennifer Lingler (MSN ’98). Lingler is also faculty at Pitt Nursing


Alumna Recognized by Old Dominion University

This award is given to an alumnus of Old Dominion University School of Nursing whose “enthusiasm and dedication to educating the next generation is evident in the delivery of course content, student feedback, innovative use of instructional technology, per evaluation, and their commitment to inspiring lifelong learning.” McGuinness earned her BSN from Old Dominion, and received the award during an event marking the Old Dominion School of Nursing’s 50th anniversary.

McGuinness (PhD ’98) is professor and chair of the Department of Family, Community, and Health Systems at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing. She is also co-director of UAB’s Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency program. McGuinness received UAB’s President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012.

Student Profiles: Justine Wang and Lacey Wright Heinsberg

Congratulations to BSN honors student Justine Wang, and PhD candidate Lacey Wright Heinsberg for their research recognitions this fall.

Wang is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship. This fellowship will support Wang’s research efforts for the Spring 2018 term. Wang’s research focus is the role of serotonin transporters and brain-derived neurotrophic factors in depressive symptoms in women with breast cancer. Her BSN thesis chair is Yvette Conley.

Heinsberg was recognized in early November at the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) annual congress as this year’s recipient of the President’s Award. This award is given to society members to recognize their service to the profession, and to ISONG. Heinsberg’s research focus is centered on the relationships among genetic and epigenetic variability in the iron homeostasis pathway and patient outcomes following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Conley is also Heinsberg’s mentor.