June 2015 Newsletter

Lions and Tigers and Bears…Oh My!

Our Pitt Nursing Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2015. You and your family can visit with the elephants in the African Savanna section, Great apes in the Tropical Forest, and the sea otters in the Water’s Edge exhibit. Plus, we’ll have a picnic for all alumni and their families! Tickets are $25.27 and include all-day (9:30 am to 6:00 pm) admission and the picnic lunch. 

Pitt Nursing Doctoral Student Wins Nurses Week Video Contest

Congratulations to Nicole Osier, PhD candidate, who was selected as the overall winner of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) video contest. The contest, My 2020 Vision for Nursing, had participants describe what they foresee for the nursing profession in 2020. Submitted videos explored the importance of caring for the growing aging population, collaborating with other health professionals to ensure quality patient care, and answering the call for advancing education to help bridge the nursing faculty shortage and educate the next generation of nurses. 

Call for Abstracts on Health Care for Newly-Returning Veterans

Over the next five years, more than 200,000 service members will transition annually from active duty service to civilian communities. A significant proportion of them face challenges associated with health care conditions secondary to service-related disability, high unemployment, homelessness, isolation, and suicide. Pitt Nursing is convening a two-day conference in September 2015 for health care professionals to explore the difficulties faced by returning veterans and their families in the areas of physical health, psychological treatment and support, and potential barriers to accessing health care and social services.  A featured speaker will be Lt. General Patricia D. Horoho, Surgeon General of the Army.  Abstracts must be submitted by June 30, 2015.

Pasta, Pinning, and More!

Alumni Day 2015 was a huge hit! Graduates from as early as 1958 and as recently as 2014 were so happy to join in the fun on May 16th. The ballroom of the University Club was abuzz as the alumni sat down to enjoy a cooking demonstration by Pittsburgh chef extraordinaire, Chris Fennimore. The host of QED Cooks, Chris led the group step-by-step through the making of an outstanding pasta dish. Not only was the pasta divine, but the presentation was full of tips and trade secrets that would turn any home cook into a chef! Even the professional chef at the University Club was thrilled with the chance to meet Chris, who regularly gets mobbed at the grocery store!

After a delightful lunch, Dean Dunbar-Jacob recognized each of the classes which were celebrating a special reunion year – those classes ending in “5” or “0”. Each member of those classes was re-pinned and received a bouquet of spring flowers. 

Thanks to Chris Fennimore and all who joined the School of Nursing for Alumni Day 2015!