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Pitt Nursing Alumni and Faculty Constitute Half of Nurses Recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine

The innovation and talent from Pitt Nursing continued to shine this year in Pittsburgh Magazine. Alumni and faculty honored this year through the 2018 Excellence in Nursing Awards are:

  • Researcher: Eileen Chasens, professor and interim chair, Health and Community Systems, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
  • Community: Stuart Fisk (certificate ’07), director, Center for Inclusion Health, Allegheny Health Network
  • Advanced Practitioner: Betsy George (MSN ’83, PhD ’99), programmatic nurse specialist, UPMC Presbyterian
  • Academic: Kathleen Sekula (MSN ’86, PhD ’98), professor and director, Graduate Forensic Nursing Programs, Duquesne University School of Nursing

In addition to the award recipients, several alumni and faculty also were named as honorable mentions in the following categories.


  • Debra Wolf (PhD ’07), professor and director, Health Care Informatics, Chatham University
  • Deborah Mitchum (BSN ’77, MSN ’86), assistant professor and director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Carlow University
  • Ann Mitchell, professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Advanced Practitioner

  • Catherine Grant (MSN ’88), assistant professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, and owner, Associates in Family Health
  • Rebecca Sullivan (BSN ’04), CRNA and departmental educator, Excela Health
  • Melisse Maser (BSN ’00, MSN ’04), Neurology Service clinical coordinator, Butler Memorial Hospital


  •  Denise Petras (DNP ’09), director, UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence


Pitt Celebrates Our Nightingale Recipients

Several Pitt Nursing alumnae and faculty were honored in October at the 29th annual gala of the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania.

Eileen Chasens, professor, was the recipient of the Nursing Research award. Bettina Dixon (MSN ’93, DNP ’17), instructor, received the Doctor of Nursing Practice award. Anne Hast (MN ’81, DNP ’12) received the Nursing Administration award.

Award finalists affiliated with the School of Nursing were Becky Faett, assistant professor, and Mary Frances Pilarski (BSN ’98).

Scholarship recipients were PhD student Lacey Wright Heinsberg, DNP student Derek Schmack, and BSN student Justine Wang.


New Pittsburgh Courier Recognizes Pitt Faculty

Betty Braxter (PhD ’03), assistant professor, and Claudia Kregg-Byers (BSN ’04, MPH ’14, PhD ’14), assistant professor, were selected as two of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2018 Women of Excellence honorees. Fewer than 50 women from around the Pittsburgh region were selected for this year’s class of recipients.

Several others from the University also were recognized, including Sherdina Harper, coordinator of cross cultural programming; Debra Dennison, coordinator, Pitt Public Health; Cheryl Johnson, vice chancellor for Human Resources; Valerie Kinloch, dean, School of Education; and Linda Williams-Moore, associate dean and director of Student Life. The awardees were announced earlier this fall.


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Student Profiles: BSN Students Receive Accolades from Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania

Junior BSN students Julia Rosenblatt and Elizabeth Wilk and senior BSN student Michelle Mak were each recognized at the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) convention last month in Harrisburg.

Rosenblatt and Wilk were elected by their peers to SNAP’s Board of Directors. Mak received a scholarship from SNAP to support her educational endeavors.