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Pitt Nurses Honored with FNINR Awards

Two Pitt Nursing alumnae were honored in late October with prestigious awards from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR).

Margaret Rosenzweig, a two-time alumna and professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, is the 2020 recipient of the FNINR President’s Award. Bernadette Melnyk (MSN ’83) is the 2020 recipient of FNINR’s Ada Sue Hinshaw Award.

The highly competitive President’s Award is given annually by FNINR to a researcher who engages both academia and clinical practice partners. This individual brings both groups together to create and use new knowledge that promotes and improves the health of individuals, families, and communities surrounding symptom science, wellness, self-management of chronic conditions, and/or end-of life care. Recipients of the award also are recognized for their efforts in advancing academic nursing science and care setting collaboration to improve care.

Rosenzweig has been principal investigator on 15 studies addressing cancer survivorship, symptom management, end of life care, and disparities among women with breast cancer. Her work has contributed to the understanding of racial differences in the completion of breast cancer treatment and the identification of geographic risk for higher breast cancer mortality.

Rosenzweig’s previous honors include induction as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the Public Cancer Education Award from the Oncology Nursing Society, the YMCA Racial Justice Award, the PNC/Komen Community Caring Award, and recognition by Carlow University’s Women of Spirit program.

She holds a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine and is the associate director for Catchment Area Research for the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. In this role, Rosenzweig is part of the senior leadership team and co-leads Hillman Cancer Center’s health equity and community outreach and engagement efforts.

Bernadette Melnyk received the Ada Sue Hinshaw Award for 2020.  This awards is considered the pre-eminent award given by FNINR, named in honor of the first permanent Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research. Recipients have a substantive and sustained program of science that would afford them recognition as a prominent senior scientist.

Melnyk is  dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. Melnyk also serves as Ohio State’s vice president for Health Promotion and University Chief Wellness Officer.  She is a nationally known educator, pediatric and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and a researcher funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Nursing Research. Melnyk  has demonstrated leadership in research, education, and practice and has dedicated her professional career to improving the health of children and parents. She developed the dual pediatric nurse practitioner/psychiatric nurse practitioner program at the University of Rochester—the first of its kind in the nation—and established a similar program at Arizona State University, where she previously served as Dean of Nursing.

Melnyk was named a recipient of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006.


Congratulations to the 2020 American Academy of Nursing Fellows

This year, five University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing alumni were inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing.

  • Kristen Brown (BSN ’01), DNP, assistant professor and advanced practice simulation coordinator, John Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Laura Fennimore (MSN ’87, DNP ’09), NEA-BC, professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
  • Khlood Salman (MSN ’86), DrPH, associate professor, Duquesne University School of Nursing
  • Kawkab Shishani (PhD ’03), associate professor, Washington State University College of Nursing
  • Victoria Soltis-Jarrett (MSN ’88), PhD, FAANP, Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professor of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Induction into the academy is a selective and prestigious honor for nurse leaders. Fewer than 250 individuals were selected for 2020, representing 38 states, the District of Columbia, and 13 countries.



Faculty Honored at Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania Annual Gala

Congratulations to our alumnae and faculty who were honored at the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania’s 31st annual gala and celebration.

Heeyoung Lee, associate professor, received the Nursing Education: Academia award, and Salah Al-Zaiti, associate professor, received the Nursing Research award.

Pamela Keller (BSN ’90) and Joanna Dixon (BSN-H ’07) were award finalists. Aaron Douthit, a Doctor of Nursing Practice student in the Nurse Anesthesia concentration, was a Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania scholarship recipient.

The Nightingale Awards are a statewide program designed to recognize excellence in nursing. Over the past 30 years, more than 100 nursing professionals have celebrated at the awards ceremony, who best exemplify compassionate care, clinical expertise, education, and leadership.

Watch the celebration online.


Alumna Receives Honor from Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools Association

Rita Trofino (BSN '76, MNEd '81) is this year’s recipient of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools Association’s (PHENSA) Distinguished Colleague Award. Trofino has also been chosen as president-elect of PHENSA. She is associate dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education, and Nursing Department Chair at St. Francis University.

Nurses Change the World: Now Change Yours

It’s never too early to think about your next steps as a nurse Make this the year that equips you to change your new normal.

Application deadlines for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs are February 15 and May 1. Start your application now, so that you’re prepared for whatever the future may bring.

Master of Science in Nursing Areas of Concentration

  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Nursing Informatics

Doctor of Nursing Practice 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 Nursing Practice-Doctor of Philosophy Dual Degree

  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Doctor of Philosophy program has rolling admissions.