Celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife ... and Celebrating You

The World Health Organization declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse & Midwife. This is the time to show the world what a difference nurses make in every area of their practice, and of their lives. Every day, Pitt nurses and the School of Nursing embody the power that nurses have in changing the world. We are more than 13,000 strong, and our impact is vast: We shape policy, we change how care is delivered, and we perform each and every task with dedication and compassion.


Faculty and Alumnae Represent Best of Pittsburgh Nursing

Each year, Pittsburgh Magazine highlights the “unsung heroes of the health care field” through its Excellence in Nursing recognition program. At the event in December, several alumni were honored.

Award Recipients & Award Category

  • Researcher: Jennifer Lingler (MSN ’98, PhD ’04), professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
  • Community: Catherine Grant (MSN ’88), assistant professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, and owner, Associates in Family Health
  • Leadership: Dawndra Jones (DNP ’14), chief nursing officer and vice president, Patient Care Services, UPMC East and UPMC McKeesport

Honorable Mentions & Award Category

  • Community: Liz Konieczny (BSN ’08), Emergency Department nurse, Allegheny General Hospital
  • Leadership: Anne Hast (MN ’81, DNP ’12), chief executive officer, Advanced Surgical Hospital
  • Advanced Practitioner: Brenda Cassidy (MSN ’86, MSN ’97, DNP ’11), assistant professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, and nurse practitioner at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and East Side Pediatrics
  • Academic: Janette Petro (MSN ’90), professor and Nursing department chair, Boyce Campus, Community College of Allegheny County; Patricia Tuite (BSN ’85, MSN ’92), assistant professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Visit Pittsburgh Magazine’s website to read the profiles on these stellar nurses. 


Donna Nativio Receives Allegheny County Award

Associate Professor Emeritus Donna Nativio, BSN ’63 was recognized at the Allegheny County Immunization Coalition’s 14th Annual Immunization Update late last year. Nativio was the founding chair of the Coalition and has served in many capacities over the years.

The ACIC Executive committee thanked Nativio for her work to enhance and support the Coalition’s mission, “Community Immunity.” The inscription on her award read, “Building Community Partnerships to Advance the Education, Health, and Quality of Life of others.”

Nativio was director of the doctor of nursing practice program, associate professor, and coordinator of the Family and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner DNP areas of concentration. She is a past officer of the American Nurses Association, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the Pennsylvania Nurses Association. She was named a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 1989 and a federal Primary Care Health Policy Fellow in 1997.


Don’t Miss Out on Achieving Your Next Goals – Apply by May 1

Spring will be here soon and so will our application for graduate school. Apply by May 1 to the MSN, DNP or PhD program.  Learn more about our online and onsite program offerings.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) areas of concentration

  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Nursing Informatics

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) areas of concentration

  • Health Systems Executive Leadership
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nurse-Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
    • Family (Individual Across the Lifespan)
    • Neonatal
    • Pediatric Primary Care
    • Psychiatric Mental Health

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program 


BSN Student Elected to Board of Directors for the Student Nurses’ Association of PA

Grace Donaghue, a junior BSN student, was elected to the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania board of directors this fall, at SNAP’s annual convention in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Donaghue will be SNAP’s northwest coordinator. In this role, Donaghue will work with the SNAP chapters in the region, and focusing on increasing membership in the organization. She succeeds Julia Rosenblatt, a senior Pitt Nursing student, in this position.